If you’re someone who’s reading this post in the hopes of finding a jolly, feel-good TV show like Gilmore Girls or B99 to watch, then, in the angelic vocals of NPH “Look away, look away, this show will wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day”. I’m morally obligated in true sense of the show to give you a dozen and then another dozen of caveats and warnings to once again look away, avert your retinas, fixate your corneas elsewhere, go to twitter I’m sure there is no negativity there.
Here’s a brief summary of what you have to look forward to if you do choose to embark on this visual journey of excellent storytelling.
Season 1: agony.
Season 2: more agony.
This would be an excellent opportunity to stop reading this review on your phone/laptop/tablet/a-virtual-holographic-textinator 2000. I’m sure Gilmore Girls is playing on Channel 9. It always is. But if you do wish to know more about the Baudelaire orphans, you sadist, welcome aboard.
I’ll admit when I saw Colbie Smulders and NPH back on TV my not-so-inner HIMYM nerd fangirled. hard. Not so much when I noticed she plays ‘The Mother’ (Side rant: Ted and Robin, wtf writers? TED and ROBIN? Barney and Robin ftw). Also if you were wondering why Violet looks so familiar (like I was for many hair pulling minutes before I remembered that I live in the age of technology) it’s probably because she plays young Kara El in Supergirl. Also Nathan Fillion is so fly, if people were buildings, he would be a Castle *wink wink*
This series follows the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans who face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling devious plans and disguises.
The series is based on the books, and jeez are they accurate. I very badly wanted them to wake up and realize lel it was all a dream but nope, nada, zilch, a word which here means that there are indeed carnivorous leeches, arsonists, and almost illegal incestuous marriages awaiting you.
Admittedly the show is a bit predictable after the first couple of episodes- Count Olaf, the baddie is out to get the orphans, every freaking adult act dumber than dirt and are basically a bunch of cake sniffers, the Baudelaires expose Count Olaf but he gets away. Again. Like why can’t someone just try to throw him into a pit of hungry lions. But the show has a balance of sinister and hilarious which is weird but great.
There’s still the underlying mystery of who started the fire? Who dis Beatrice? What’s VFD? I. NEED. ANSWERS. After the last episode of season 2, I was basically a blundering mess, sobbing into my sugar bowl while screaming the words- “The world is quiet here.”