A week ago I posted my thoughts on the first episode of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I shared my thoughts on Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, on how the series was made and if it was worth watching. I have finished watching the entire series and I wanted to share my final thoughts on the show.
One thing I have to say about the show is that it is incredibly well-made. In recent years the quality of tv-shows has progressed immensely. It seems like there is more budget available and it shows. A Series of Unfortunate Events looks so great it might as well have been made for the big screen. I still felt like the show was very fairy tale-esque, albeit a very dark one. I noticed that throughout the episodes, the show became darker.
The mood of the series is emphasised by the sets and scenery. Even when a scene finally appears to be hopeful for the Baudelaire children, the scenery always shows tell-tale signs that bad things are going to happen to them. I also think that the way it was filmed adds a lot to the whole feeling of the show. The dramatic close-ups, the little clues hidden in the background. It shows that the creators put a lot of thought into the show.
Another thing I really enjoyed were the ever-changing opening credits. The show started with the same song, but the lyrics slightly changed with each episode to shortly summarise the events of the episode. It made it more fun that way to sit through the opening credits.
In my previous article I mentioned that I thought that Neil Patrick Harris’ Count Olaf was not really menacing. I have changed my mind about that. Throughout the episodes, the comedy was still present, but became less prominent. I really started to believe that he really was dangerous and that the Baudelaire children were in constant danger. The fact that there were one or two murders involved certainly helped. I think that Neil Patrick Harris is a phenomenal actor and is perfect for the part of Count Olaf. I mostly enjoyed the adult actors as all of them were very well cast. While the Baudelaire children are also well cast, I feel like they need to grow a little bit more as actors.
Is Lemony Snicket worth watching?
Yes it is certainly worth watching. It is very faithful to the books. It is imaginative and extremely well-done. While it will certainly not make you feel better, it is a very entertaining show to watch. Despite what they may say, you won’t regret getting involved with the story of the Baudelaire children.