Disclosure: As a member of Netflix Canada’s Stream Team, I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. As always, all opinions are my own.
First off, let me say that I’m so excited to be back on board Netflix’s Stream Team for another year. Anyone that knows me knows that I love watching movies and I get giddy when I find a new binge-worthy series. 2017 will be a huge year for tv and movies, especially as Netflix continues to push the streaming envelope by providing original, high quality content. The first of the big 2017 shows to premiere is Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, an adaptation of the international best-selling children’s novels of the same name.
A Series of Unfortunate Events tell the story of the 3 Baudelaire children – 14-year-old Violet (Malina Weissman), 12-year-old Klaus (Louis Hynes) and baby Sunny (Presley Smith). When their parents perish in a house fire, the orphans are forced to stay with their closest living relative, Count Olaf (played by Tony and Emmy award winner
Doogie Howser Neil Patrick Harris). Count Olaf is a horrible, conniving geezer who only wants his grubby hands on the Baudelaire fortune (Violet is set to inherit gazillions upon turning 18). And so the series goes, with the villainous Count Olaf continuing to infiltrate himself in the children’s lives disguised as different characters. Olaf and his dimwit ensemble of goons will stop at nothing to get the Baudelaire inheritance.
Having never read the books, I really didn’t know what to expect. But thanks to Netflix’s early access, I was able to preview the series ahead of its launch. Admittedly, the episodes are eccentric, dark, strange, funny, and over the top, which as odd as it all sounds, actually worked. The viewer gets sucked into the bizarre fantasy world of the Baudelaire children and you can’t help but to keep watching to see how the next episode can possibly top the previous one.
The season’s 8 one-hour episodes covers the first 4 books in the 13-book series – The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill. Narrator Lemony Snicket (played brilliantly by Patrick Warburton) inserts himself in the most awkward and unexpected places to provide further (always gloomy) insights into the scene with the audience. The unique storytelling together with the whimsical sets and quirky (adult) characters makes this Canadian made series a must see.
Look for other big name stars like Joan Cusack, Don Johnson, Alfre Woodard and Catherine O’Hara, who as the “adults” should be the voice of reason but simply can’t see past Count Olaf’s (absent-minded) trickery. In fact it’s the Baudelaire children who time and time again have to gather their creative wits in getting the adults to see the bigger picture (so fun to watch).
My 2 teens really enjoyed watching the series with me. Be sure to mark this Friday the 13th (coincidence, I think not!) on your calendar, as all 8 episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres on Netflix.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.