If I were you, I wouldn't read this post. There is bound to be any number of things you could be doing right now instead of reading this, and I suggest you do it for what I am about to tell you about is most unfortunate. The Baudelaire Family and their misadventures are the absolute epitome of a train wreck. Epitome means a perfect example but I'm sure you already knew that. They are the reason why everyone slows down on the highway and rubbernecks to see what happened hoping that they can piece together the events that have unfolded. The same could be said for their new series on Netflix. There are just some things in this world that are mysteries that cannot be explained.
1. Neil Patrick Harris
If you loved him in How I Met Your Mother or Doogie Howser M.D. this show is not for you. His character Count Olaf is a dastardly villain hellbent on obtaining the Baudelaire Family's immense fortune and he will go to any lengths to get it.
2. Melina Weissman and Louis Hynes
Violet and Klaus Baudelaire are portrayed, that means they are acting, by Melina and Louis respectively. If you don't like child actors who perfectly capture the essence of their characters you should not watch this show. Even Neil Patrick Harris can barely stand working with them.
3. Presley Smith
I mean, come on Netflix! Who wants to watch a perfectly adorable baby steal the show by saying unintelligible things during the show that are completely hilarious? You are really running out of ideas here. I only really got excited in the episode when Sunny was put into a giant bird cage and suspended from the top of the roof.
4. Patrick Warburton
Your choice for Lemony Snicket as the narrator, that means the person telling the story, in a perfect deadpan manner despite all the horrible things that happen to the children along the way is questionable. He's mysterious about his past and his appearances prior to flashbacks or missing parts of the story really help you understand the events that are unfolding. Hearing it from Lemony Snicket's side while things happen is probably the perfect way to tell this story.
5. The Cameos
How do you make a show successful? You parade in a bunch of our favorite actors and actresses to keep our attention. We get it, we love that the cast isn't a bunch of has-been actors like Count Olaf. SPOILER ALERT: With appearances by Joan Cusack and others, you are trying to keep us guessing about who might appear in Season 2. Thanks for getting us hooked on the show. Sheesh.
6. The Costumes of Count Olaf
Yessica Haircut is probably my favorite character that the renowned actor, Count Olaf plays in the series but it gets confusing every time Olaf appears when the children move on after another Series of Unfortunate Events happen and we are introduced to a new character. Neil Patrick Harris plays so many different people that I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't know who he was by the end of the day.
7. The Elaborate Sets
Nothing could capture this very rich and amazingly detailed book like elaborate sets. If you are a fan of the setting, these are about as lavish as they come. You're probably used to regular TV so it may take some time to adjust to the elegance of the visuals in this series. This is normal and you may have to look away repeatedly until you assimilate.
8. These Two Creepy Ladies
Count Olaf's henchman are among the most dishonorable humans you could come across but nothing sends a shiver down my spine more than these twins who finish each other's sentences. Thanks for the nightmares!
9. This Eyeball Symbol
If mysteries are something you like, then this infernal appearance of this symbol in the series over and over again will drive you insane. My kids keep asking me what it means but I really have no idea and every time we get close to figuring something out, we lose another clue. So, the only recourse is that I have to keep watching. Sigh.
10. The Power of the Underdog
The Baudelaire children has lots of bad stuff happen to them including losing their parents to a terrible fire which sets off these misadventures in the first place. But, you won't be able to look away. You'll want to see how Violet's mechanical know-how, Klaus' book knowledge, and Sunny's super sharp teeth get them out of trouble over and over again.