An uneven A Series Of Unfortunate Events season finale finds the Baudelaires unhappy as ever

B+

And here we find ourselves at the thrilling conclusion to another pretty good if obviously (and frustratingly) flawed season of A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Olaf has built lion pit and plans to throw in a “freak” to draw a crowd; Esme has convinced the “freaks” to sacrifice Madame Lulu so they can all get jobs in…

The Baudelaires head to a carnival as A Series Of Unfortunate Events nears its season finale

A-

It seems entirely natural that A Series Of Unfortunate Events would find itself at a carnival. The setting—a once happy place now fallen into disrepair, a ghost of its former self stuck shuffling forward until it finally realizes it’s dead—is a perfect locale for the Baudelaires’ misadventures. The only real surprise…

A Series Of Unfortunate Events checks into the hospital with a case of thrills

A-

Here’s a welcome change of pace: the first half of a two part episode that’s actually quite good. “The Horrible Hospital, Part One” is funny, creepy, and at several points legitimately suspenseful. It strays even further from formula than the previous two episodes, picking up with the Baudelaires still on the run from…

Birds, balloons, and a body on a brutal A Series Of Unfortunate Events

B+

We’ve talked about stakes, right? Of course we have. It’s one of my favorite go-to boring critical terms. But it’s relevant to A Series Of Unfortunate Events because it’s something the show has been struggling with more and more with in its second season. The introduction of the Quagmires at least allowed a new sort…

The Baudelaires head to a tyrannical town and A Series Of Unfortunate Events starts to change

B

So things are a little different now. Not a lot different—in many ways, “The Vile Village: Part One” follows the same meet-and-groan structure as previous part ones—but there’s some variance, and at this point, any variance is worth mentioning. As mentioned, the end of the previous episode had the Baudelaires deciding…

On A Series Of Unfortunate Events, victory doesn't always go to the highest bidder

B+

At this point, you may be wondering why I would choose to go on reviewing a show that causes me such routine frustration. And you’d have a point; despite positive grades (which I stand by!), these reviews have thus far been a litany of complaint, critique, and cutting commentary—terribly insightful, of course, but not…

The A.V. Club is recapping A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Episode 1: “The Austere Academy, Part One” | Episode 2: “The Austere Academy, Part Two” | Episode 3: “The Ersatz Elevator, Part One” | Episode 4: “The Ersatz Elevator, Part Two” | Episode 5: “The Vile Elevator, Part One” | Episode 6: “The Vile Elevator, Part Two” | Episode 7: “The Horrible Hospital, Part One” |…

A Series Of Unfortunate Events heads to the city where it finds music and too many subplots

B

“The Ersatz Elevator: Part One” ends with a song. There’s no real reason for it to end this way. In order to keep Count Olaf (in disguise as the uber-fashionable Gunther) from returning to the hotel where he’s trapped the Quagmire triplets (minus one) in an elevator shaft, Larry and Jacquelyn maneuver the villain into…

The Baudelaires learn a hard lesson on an all right A Series Of Unfortunate Events

B

So, the Quagmire triplets. Or as the adults call them, the Quagmire twins—poor Quigley died in the fire that killed their parents. (There’s a lot of that going around.) It’s an odd tonal choice for a nominally kid-friendly comedy show to make regular gags about a dead toddler, but that odd tone has been a hallmark of…

Netflix's A Series Of Unfortunate Events has set the date for its Eventual End

Star Neil Patrick Harris has confirmed that his Netflix series, A Series Of Unfortunate Events, has set the date for its inevitable terminus, a word which here means, “No more episodes of the TV show, we guess.” Harris confirmed that the series—based on Daniel Handler’s series of Lemony Snicket novels, about a bunch…

A Series Of Unfortunate Events ends a decent season with fire and accidents

B+

First things first, a phrase which here means “I’m struggling to figure out how to begin this review so let’s just dive right the heck in:” I was wrong about “Mother” and “Father” not having much point in the show. It turns out their brief scenes served as a way to introduce a pair of children who will become…

A Series Of Unfortunate Events goes to a lumber mill and loses the forest for the trees

B-

On paper, “The Miserable Mill: Part One” should work. And while it’s been a few years since I read the source novel, I’m fairly certain it did work. At the very least, the original Miserable Mill was the first book in the series to break some of the patterns that the previous two had followed so lavishly, offering a…

At least the flesh-eating leeches don’t drag A Series Of Unfortunate Events down

B

Good news—Aunt Josephine is still alive. At least, she was. For a bit, anyway. Not so much anymore though. I suppose it’s possible she somehow escaped the leeches (Snicket’s comment that the Baudelaires hoped Josephine was alright at least offered a possibility she might be), but I wouldn’t hold my breath. This is…

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