I have to say I love everything we’ve seen so far about the new A Series of Unfortunate Events tv show - it looks so, so great. My only issue is a little bit weird, and it’s basically: you know the actor playing Lemony Snicket? I can’t quite picture him as Lemony, mostly because I never picture Lemony as having that much of his shit together. I always picture Lemony as a kind of walking disaster held together by a good suit and a constant need to escape the room. And the number of times he mentions breaking down…
Not that the actor in question can’t necessarily convey that, I just can’t picture it at the moment so it’s throwing me off a bit.
Also, I know there’s some thought that they might be actually having him pause the action, appear in it, speak over it, etc, which would be AMAZING and PERFECT in adaptation terms. But also, can you imagine how neat it would be if it turns out the reason tv!Lemony is showing his face on screen (which the real Lemony would never do) is because he’s an actor?
In other words: “You will of course be aware that none of this is really happening. All these children are actors. Even I am an actor, though I hope I am conveying to you accurately my impression of Mr Snicket, whose whereabouts remain uncertain.” Like, I would absolutely die of happiness if they highlight the medium of the show (“this is a tv show depicting the real events in the lives of the real Baudelaire orphans”), but also - imagine if they acknowledge the existance of the books. It would be the perfect way to maintain the Lemony Snicket pseudonym. Though I’m not sure what it would do to the “my dear sister” parts, as it would mean that tv!lemony is already aware of her death by the start of the show. Idk.
I just want ridiculous layers of meta. And to see how they can deal with a visible, interrupting Lemony during a certain death in The Vile Village. And a certain taxi driver in The Penultimate Peril. And The End.
This show is either going to really annoy me or it’s gonna completely break my heart.