A Series Of Unfortunate Events Season 2: Bigger, Badder & Scarier
Count Olaf is back
Netflix’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, which is based on the best-selling series written by Daniel Handler, premiered its first season in 2017. The eight-episode binge was critically acclaimed and was even nominated for several awards including Outstanding Music Composition for A Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
This year, we’ve been given our second helping of A Series Of Unfortunate Events and it’s clear that that the cast and crew did not sit pretty on the first season’s successes.
Season 2 is a 10-episode watch, but it isn’t just the increase in episode count that gives its audience more action, more drama and more exciting close calls. Neil Patrick Harris is still amazing, taking every costume change to heart and embodying the varying characters—without losing the sinister nature of Count Olaf, of course.
Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Sunny (Presley Smith) Baudelaire are as charismatic as ever, with their chemistry and wit coming off evident but not overbearing. Together, they outwit Count Olaf and his crew, despite their disadvantage in numbers and age.
But the best thing about season 2 is that it still holds true to the first season’s quirks. Right off the bat, the cast breaks the fourth wall and pokes fun at time that has passed. “We’ve been waiting so long, Sunny is starting to look less like a baby and more like a toddler,” said Klaus.
All in all, A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 is an amazing and entertaining watch, especially because Netflix improved one particular thing: pacing.
The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events stretched out one book into two one-hour episodes, so there was debate about stretching the material a little too thin. But in season 2, Netflix delves into a backstory of the VFD, a secret organization that may have been involved in the deaths of the Baudelaires’ parents.
Because of this, there is more to take away from each episode. The mystery unfolds in front of the Baudelaires (and their audience) with fluidity that allows the growth of minor characters into major ones, without sacrificing veteran players.
There is more to unearth about the Baudelaire family, their friends and the people that are after them. Fortunately, season 3 is on the way. Unfortunately, it will be the end of the line for one of Netflix’s more powerful original series.
“The last book of the series is called The End. And it ends appropriately,” NPH told Indie Wire. “So I’m glad when it will all be done because it will exist.”
For now, you can catch seasons 1 and 2 of A Series Of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Enjoy a free 30-day trial with Globe.