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Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events looks like a promising mix of Burton and Rowling

Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events looks like a promising mix of Burton and Rowling


‘Promising,’ a word which here means ‘this might be good’

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There’s a new trailer out for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events adaptation, and unlike the brief hints of the earlier teasers, we’re finally getting a good look at what to expect from the series when it debuts on the streaming service next year. 

The trailer shows off the series’ distinct style, a dark and quirky blend that brings to mind earlier works like Pushing Daises, or basically anything directed by Tim Burton.  Neil Patrick Harris’ take on the villainous Olaf is on full display, and Harris seems to relish the over-the-top performance peppered with absurd disguises and various goofs in Olaf’s quest to steal the Baudelaire fortune. The dark humor and wordplay that the novels are known for also seems to have made it to the screen intact, along with the narration from Lemony Snicket, the alleged author of the books (portrayed in the show by Patrick Warburton).

Based on the popular children’s book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the story of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, three orphans who, after the mysterious death of their parents, are put in the care of their distant relative Count Olaf. The books focus on the Baudelaire’s journey as they try to escape Olaf and his acting troupe, while also trying to unravel the secrets of the enigmatic VFD organization. 

The initial series is set to focus on the first four books in the series, with future seasons set to tackle the remaining books — there are 13 in all — if Netflix decides to renew. The first eight-episode season is fittingly scheduled to premiere on Netflix on Friday the 13th in January 2017.