10 Fortunate Things About A Series of Unfortunate Events

We're urged to look away every episode, but we just can't.
by Dyan Zarzuela   |  Jan 19, 2017
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It's just our luck that A Series of Unfortunate Events is back on our screens, all eight episodes available for streaming now on Netflix. We've missed Klaus, Violet, and Sunny Baudelaire's woeful misadventures, and we're only too anxious to dive back into their wretched world. Here's what we loved about the show:

  1. Sibling love. After the mysterious death of their parents, the Baudelaires are passed around from guardian to guardian and hounded by Count Olaf, a despicable man after their massive fortune. The misfortunes they encounter is enough to make any grownup cry and give up, but they get through it by having each other’s back, playing to their strengths, and making do with what they have.
  1. Violet's leadership. The eldest of the Baudelaires, Violet promised their late parents that she would take care of Sunny and Klaus. And she does, to the best of her abilities, which include making useful contraptions out of scraps and raising the morale of the group.
  1. Klaus's love for books. With his appetite for learning and knack for witty, salty remarks, Klaus is a boy after our hearts.
  1. Sunny for prez. The youngest Baudelaire is an adorable toddler with very sharp teeth and an even sharper mind. She may not be able to speak traditionally coherent sentences yet, but she always knows what's up. 
  1. Lessons learned. The world is the Baudelaires' classroom. They learn all sorts of things wherever they find themselves, which come in handy when they need to get out of a sticky situation—a daily occurrence in their case.
  1. A truly evil villain. Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get the Baudelaires' fortune, each scheme more preposterous than the last. It's infuriating how the adults take so long to see him for who he really is—but in this day and age, it's not so unbelievable, is it?
  1. A peculiar narrator. The show opens with Lemony Snicket, the narrator who is somehow part of the story, too. Just like in the books, he provides context, definitions, and deadpan comedic relief.
  1. Cheeky songs. "This show will wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day...so look away, look away, look away." The opening credits summarize the orphans' misfortunes, advising viewers to stream something else, which of course only makes us more curious and eager to watch. 

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  1. An overarching mystery. In the series, every book is equal to two episodes, and they are all connected by a big mystery that eagle-eyed readers can spot a mile away.
  1. #LibraryGoals. Each of the Baudelaires' temporary homes is bursting with the personality of whoever their guardian is at the time, with so many details to pore over that you're glad that the pause button exists. What we drooled over the most were the libraries. We could spend all day in any of them—well, preferably the ones that hadn't been burned down or fallen off a cliff.

In conclusion, this is what we have to say about A Series of Unfortunate Events:

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Dyan Zarzuela
Council of Cool 9, Managing Editor, Columnist
Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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