a series of unfortunate events

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The two-part season finale offers a slight change to the proceedings but doesn’t stray too far from the formula we’ve seen in previous episodes. The only difference this time is that the Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and baby Sunny choose their latest location as they are put to work in the Lucky Strikes Lumber Mill where they hope to learn information about their parents. And, once again Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) shows up in yet another ridiculous disguise hoping to get his hands on the children and their fortune. In the show’s biggest twist, we also see the the fate of Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders who are revealed not to be the Baudelaire’s parents, but part of the same mysterious society and those of another group of unfortunate children who should cross the paths of the Baudelaires next season.

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The turbulent lives of the Baudelaire children get no easier when Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and baby Sunny meet their new guardian Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard) who proves to be far-less fearless than her reputation. As with the previous episode, the conflict stems from the arrival of Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) in another ridiculous disguise that somehow only the Baudelaires are able to see through. This time the villain arrives as a ship captain attempting to woo their guardian to get control of the children and their fortune.

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The third and fourth episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events relocate the Baudelaire children to the home of an eccentric, but mostly harmless, uncle. A renown herpetologist, Dr. “Monty” Montgomery (Aasif Mandvi) proves to be a far more fitting guardian for Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and baby Sunny than Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) ever could be. Unfortuantely for everyone involved, Olaf shows up on Monty’s doorstep disguised as his new assistant. Knowing the man can’t be trusted, but believing it’s safer to keep the villain where he can be watched, Monty allows Olaf to stay. This, of course, turns out to be a deadly mistake.

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Based on the series of children’s books of the same name, Netflix’s new series centers around the misfortunes of the Baudelaire children whose parents apparently die in the fire that destroys their home. The first two episodes of the series adapt the first novel in which Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and baby Sunny are sent to live Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), an actor of questionable repute who uses chicanery to become the guardian of the children in hopes of getting his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. The dire nature of the children’s circumstances is balanced by the humor of Harris as the over-the-top villain and the narration of Patrick Warburton detailing past accounts as Lemony Snicket.

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