I have not a single doubt at all that Neil was behind the casting of Cobie in A Series Of Unfortunate Events. It’s obvious he did because he’s a producer so he might have had a say in the casting.
This, friendship is everything he definitely helped cast her in this role and I hope to see more of Cobie in the next season because she was awesome in this role. I do however kind of want some scenes with Neil, I miss seeing them together interacting on screen because the chemistry these two have is out of this world amazing, so maybe she can play another role or the same role just have some scenes with Neil cause I really miss them together.
Hey guys! I’ve made a previous review for episode 1, you should check it out before reading this one. As I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t read the books (I’m sorry, it’s a work in progress) but I’ve watched the movie adaptation, so I can only compare it to that. That being said, I fell even more in love with this series as I watched the second episode it was fantastic but before I get ahead of myself I should warn you this is not a spoiler-free review so go stream it and then come back!
Okay, so lets jump right into it! I promised to talk about Count Olaf, the eye-symbol and the Parents at the end of my last review and I will, but I would like to briefly mention some themes present in the first two episodes before going off on my rant.
This is a show about children. Wow, aren’t you observant? one might say. Yes, yes I know I keep repeating this but it’s only because it is such an important thing. It is a show centered on kids’ lives and made for child-audiences. And it is brilliant, not only in the amazing acting, the incredibly intelligent writing and the beautiful visuals, but also in the themes it discusses on-screen. Abuse. Negligence. The danger of not listening (or crediting) victims. The movie version, whilst entertaining, didn’t develop these subjects to their fullest, darkest, realest potentials. And while Jim Carrey played a funny if not wacky Count Olaf, Neil Patrick Harris brought a darkness and a very real-like danger to the character.
The slap scene is the climatic burst of the first episode. The abuse (psychological and physical) was there before Count Olaf hits Klaus but it is only when he does that the Baudelaires realize that “this isn’t better than nothing”. It takes a literal slap in the face to show the audience and the children that Olaf isn’t just a man interested in stealing the Baudelaires’ fortune, he’s also a man who has no qualms about harming them. And the fact that both the Baudelaires and the Narrator understand that and condemn it verbally is important for the child-viewers and the victims of abuse because it makes it clear that some actions are inexcusable and not to be tolerated by anyone.
So it’s safe to say that NPH’s Count Olaf is definitely more menacing and scarier, and he helps establish the gloomy tone in this episode. But -as can be expected from NPH- he also brings some much needed comic-relief. You won’t find anyone rooting for this villain but you can surely find people laughing at him (Yessica Haircut, literally/figuratively, in loco parentis).
On a side-note- is it just me or has Mr. Poe reached a new level of frustrating? Seriously…
The whole table-sequence is smartly written and executed, and I specially loved Sunny’s “they’re store bought” line (this baby has some serious sass in her). The set matches the tone and theme of the scene and is still teasing the viewers with “eye-tattoo” symbols placed in common places, such as-
the huge window right behind Olaf’s head. If you pay attention you can also spot some on the throw-pillows and on Olaf’s shirt in the “pasta puttanesca” scene. I’m so pumped to find out what that symbol means and how it ties the Baudelaires parents’ to Count Olaf and to Lemony Snicket and to whatever this secret society of people with spy-glasses is all about (but not so pumped I’d like to see spoilers, please don’t give me any). So far, and mind you I’m not very far, my theory is Olaf was in this secret society along with the Parents but they had a falling out, probably because of something Count Olaf did, and he left wanting revenge. Maybe the house was some sort of headquarter in the past but got trashed or abandoned and that’s why he moved in. Not sure. But I’m feeling inclined to that idea for now. Why an eye though? The all-seeing? A society of spies? People who traded information or kept an eye on important things? Who knows…
The wedding thing played out quite differently from the movie and I have to say I enjoyed the Netflix version way better. For starters, the “play” actually happened in a theater not Olaf’s backyard, thank god. Secondly, it sucked in the right ways, allowing it to be comic instead of plain ridiculous. Thirdly, Violet’s and Klaus’ costumes were so beautiful. And lastly, the legal loophole through which Klaus invalidated the wedding was so simple and smart, perfectly in character for him (better than the magnifying glass burning the paper).
Now, about the Parents… I’m skeptical. I want to believe they’re alive but I’m afraid to hope. I mean I’m pretty sure they were dead dead in the movie, they didn’t show up at all and Lemony seemed pretty final when describing their death. But the snippets with them at the end of each episode are helping to shed some light on who they are and what they do. They seem fierce and bold. I like them, although I’m not sure how them being alive will fit into the Baudelaires’ pre-described fate. I go into the third episode extremely satisfied and with high hopes!
Tell me what you’d like to discuss next time, and which scene was your favorite in episode two. See you soon!
So I’ve heard some people complaining about how A Series of Unfortunate Events is depressing and stuff, and I’m just like… Yeah? Did the word ‘unfortunate’ not give you a clue? Or the fact that he spends the first five minutes telling you how terrible and depressing of a story this is? Or at any point when Lemony Snicket is talking, and and mentions how sad the story is, and how it doesn’t get any better? What did you expect?
It’s a little depressing.
But I’m actually really enjoying this stupid show….