A Series of Unfortunate Events: Worth your Time?

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Worth your Time?

A picture of the antagonist of the series, Count Olaf.

A picture of the antagonist of the series, Count Olaf.

A picture of the antagonist of the series, Count Olaf.

A picture of the antagonist of the series, Count Olaf.

Jack Ballard, Contributing Writer

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A Series of Unfortunate Events, one of Netflix’s hit shows, just released its third and final season, and people are loving it. Based on the book series of the same name, the show has become wildly popular since its release in January of 2017.

In the show, the malicious Count Olaf (played by Neil Patrick Harris) chases after the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, in order to steal the fortune that their parents left behind. As they continue to run from Count Olaf, the Baudelaires start to uncover secrets that their parents left behind. The plot has intrigued many viewers and has kept them anticipating each season’s release.

One of the major aspects of the show is its writing. Over the top humor is often a common theme among characters, especially Count Olaf. Neil Patrick Harris does an excellent job at portraying Count Olaf. Jim Carrey also played the same role in the 2004 film of the same name as the show. He didn’t play the role nearly as well as Neil Patrick Harris does in the TV show. When playing Count Olaf, Harris exaggerated every movement and line he acts out, which happens to fit with Olaf’s character perfectly. Olaf will often say irony-filled lines. Like in the first episode, when showing the Baudelaires the horrible conditions they will be living in, Olaf exclaims, “As you can see, I’ve provided, at no cost to you, this complimentary pile of rocks.”

The actors for the Baudelaire orphans also do a great job at showing the cleverness and skills that each of their character’s show in the books. Louis Hynes plays as the well-read and knowledgeable Klaus Baudelaire and Malina Weissman plays as his sister, the witty and inventive Violet Baudelaire. If you didn’t already know that it was a TV show, you could be genuinely convinced that the characters are real people. The two siblings, along with their baby sister Sunny (played by Presley Smith) use their combined knowledge and skills to escape the clutches of Olaf and his acting troupe.

When watching the show, you will notice a sharp contrast between the visuals and the dialogue. While the dialogue is witty, humorous, and irony-filled, the show itself looks gloomy, dark, and foreboding. This seems like an intentional decision. It makes the humor seem more out of place, which makes it all the more hilarious to watch things like Count Olaf dressed as an ugly woman in episodes seven and eight.

If you are looking for an enticing show on Netflix, I highly recommend A Series of Unfortunate Events. The writing is great, the characters are hilarious, and the plot and style of the show itself are very intriguing. Whether you are watching it alone, with a friend, or with your whole family, this show is sure to be a great time.