TV Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 2)
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An Easter treat arrived for us all on Good Friday, in the form of Season 2 of the Baudelaire Orphans' unfortunate adventures on Netflix, and luckily for all of us (if unluckily for the Baudelaires) everything gets darker and grittier from here. Building on the success of season one, the stakes, intrigue and misery are all much higher in the Baudelaires' sophomore outing and it makes for incredibly gripping viewing. As a childhood fan of the books, I was excited to see where the writers would take this season, since it was the first where the entire season was material that hadn't been adapted before and I was pleased to see that the adaptation continued to remain very faithful to the books, although this may have been somewhat to it's detriment as even I have to admit, the formulaic nature of the orphans running away from Olaf and being discovered again got on my nerves in the books and I can see why the repetitive nature of this might bother people with the TV series as well. Still, Patrick Warburton's delightfully dry monologue as Lemony Snicket and the strange, gothic nature of the series, as well as the unending misery and misfortune of the Baudelaire orphans makes for compelling viewing. No matter what the theme song tells you, you just can't look away! I have never seen a book adaptation that is as faithful to its source material as this one; Warburton's monologues are lifted straight from the books and each 'Part 1' begins with the dedication from that particular book - which makes book fans incredibly happy. The two part format of each episode being devoted to one book, doesn't always work in favour of the series. There are times, like with The Ersatz Elevator or The Carnivorous Carnival episodes, where having two episodes per book works really well, and makes for a very engaging ninety minutes of television, but there are also times where the pace lags a little because there is not really enough source material to make it worth two episodes - The Austere Academy and The Vile Village are prime examples of this.
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