Welcome back to our TV Preview series! In this half of the series, Emily, Mandy, Kandis and I will take a look at shows featured in our TV Preview: Midseason Shows post, and let you know what we think you should—and shouldn’t—be watching.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Premiered: January 13 on Netflix. (Watch online.)
When the Baudelaire mansion burns, three orphans must live with evil Count Olaf and learn that adults will pretty much always disappoint you
Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf
Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket
Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss
Will Arnett as Father
Cobie Smulders as Mother
Catherine O'Hara as Dr. Georgina Orwell
Rhys Darby as Charles
Rosemary: It's certainly a daunting task that Netflix has undertaken. The production is a creatively weird mix of real life, CGI and claymation (?) or something along those lines. And I loved Louis Hynes and Joan Cusack.
Kandis: Joan Cusack!
It's Not Me, It's You
Rosemary: The overall aesthetic is trying for a Pushing Daisies meets Tim Burton meets Wes Anderson sort of feel, but it falls short by doing too much and being too quirky, like a cheap knock-off. It's not nearly as dark and foreboding as the movie. And I just can't buy Neil Patrick Harris as scary in this role. (Can NPH even BE scary? I think not.) (Oh, wait, nevermind, I just remembered Gone Girl.)
Kandis: The actors are all fine, but it's so twee. The trailer had enough of a Pushing Daisies vibe that I was somewhat hopeful. It's odd, and colorful, but has none of Pushing Daisies joy. I don't want to watch children be treated terribly. It's like an entire show about the Dursleys. And that poor young actress who constantly has to carry the baby around? What a bizarre prop.
Let's Do This Again
Rosemary: No, probably not. It was twee and tried too hard, and I need some happy mixed in with my sad. I know the show's silliness is supposed to counteract its grim plot, but it didn't work for me.
Kandis: Sorry, no. I actually really hated this pilot.
Have you watched past the first episode? Let us know if we should soldier on in the comments!