A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 Review
The second season of Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events once more brilliantly captures the quirky style of the books. Be warned, there is no happy ending in store for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire as evade Count Olaf, who is more determined than ever to get his hands on their fortune.
For the first time, we get to see books 5-10 come to life on the screen. During the first season, I was most excited for The Miserable Mill episodes because it was something that we haven’t seen before. Those ended up being my favorite of the first season for that reason. Much like Season 1, there is added content that does not appear in the books which expand upon the mystery surround the Baudelaire orphans. What I found to be interesting is that a plot line that is not mentioned or expanded upon until much later in the books becomes known early on in the season. There are also some early character introductions that lead to a better payoff later on. Overall, Season 2 did a fantastic job of staying faithful to the books while also expanding upon characters who didn’t get as much time in the source material. Though, at times I did find myself wanting a little bit less of Count Olaf talking about his plan, because some of the fun of the books is figuring out what he’s trying to do.
Season 2 started out a little bit slow and I found the first two episode, The Austere Academy, to be my least favorite of the season. There was a lot of explaining to do and new characters to be introduced, but as the story moves into The Ersatz Elevator, the show instantly picks up. The final four episodes of the season are by far the best of the series so far. My favorite book is The Hostile Hospital (episodes 7-8), and it was everything that I had wanted it to be.
The casting for Season 2 was spot on. Lucy Punch shines as Esmé Squalor. She is absolutely perfect for the role of the World’s Sixth Most Important Financial Advisor. Neil Patrick Harris killed it as Count Olaf once again, adapting to the more ridiculous disguises of Season 2 with ease. Plus, the two of them together is simply magic. Patrick Warburton continues to be the perfect voice of Lemony Snicket, while Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes did another fantastic job as Violet and Klaus.
A Series of Unfortunate Events will have one more season, which will wrap up the woeful tale of the Baudelaire orphans. I am incredibly excited for how it’s all going to play out, but am bummed that it’ll probably be a year before we get more episodes. However, it’ll definitely be worth the wait.