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First Look: A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2

Mischief Reigns

Count Olaf continues his mischievous quest

Based on the popular children’s novel, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, or simply A Series of Unfortunate Events, is a dark and comedic series by  Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld.

The first season of the series adapted the first four books of the novel series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window and The Miserable Mill.

Count Olaf, the shady and conniving uncle of Baudelaire children, becomes the children’s protective guardian following the tragedy of their parents’ murder.

Olaf tries and fails to inherit the family’s fortune. When Olaf’s devious plan is exposed, the Baudelaire children run away and try to uncover a secret society from their parents mysterious past.

The series stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count OlafMalina Weissman as Violet BaudelaireLouis Hynes as Klaus Baudelaire; and Presley Smith as Sunny Baudelaire. Setting to make their debut in season 2 are Nathan Fillion as Jacques Snicket, the brother of Lemony Snicket; David Alan Grier as Hal, a visually-disabled file clerk who is employed at Heimlich Hospital; and Robbie Amell as Kevin, an ambidextrous “freak” who works at the Caligari Carnival. Roger Bart as Nero, the violin-playing vice-principal of Prufrock Preparatory School and Sara Rue as a librarian is also set to appear.

The trailer begins with a voiceover by Mr. Poe (K. Todd Freeman) retelling the story of Mr. & Mrs. Baudelaire’s demise in a fire. Mr. Poe explains how their children have had adventures in all sorts of exotic locales, an extravagant lie.

The Baudelaire children have endured horrific hardships that have led them to be dropped off at the dilapidated boarding school. The children meet Nero, the school’s violin playing vice principal, who explains he knows all about them. Nero is well aware of the fact these children have been sent to the guardian after guardian and adversities have always followed. Nero declares they will have to live in a small tin shack made just for orphans.

The Baudelaire’s are shocked to see their shack is crawling with crabs. Violet Baudelaire uncovers an old photo while speaking to her brother, Klaus. She suggests their parents might have been apart of something and whatever it was could be the root of all these terrible events keep happening to them.

Meanwhile, Count Olaf has not given up his search for the Baudelaire children. Apparently, Olaf tracks the children down to the boarding school, disguised in an assortment of various characters. When the Baudelaires try to warn Nero about Olaf trying to steal their family’s fortune, Mr. Poe asks “What sane man would disguise himself four times in a row?” A montage of Olaf’s many disguises are shown, all different but all maintaining his devious smile.

When the Baudelaires encounter other children who have had their parents mysteriously taken away, their stories seem to share familiar points of interest and even clues. Such as a spyglass that could be the key to unraveling a dark mystery. Esmé Squalor, the student of Olaf, declares they have eyes everywhere, and they are always watching. An array of insidious and ghastly individuals are displayed.

As Olaf appears to be closing in, the Baudelaire children are in a race against time to solve their family’s mystery and escape the clutches of Olaf. Count Olaf pontificates that he will not just merely settle for stealing the Baudelaire fortune, he will obliterate them in the cruelest way imaginable.

The trailer ends with Lemony Snicket; the narrator tasked with explaining the events during the lives of the Baudelaires, saying the lives of the Baudelaires is about to get much much worse.

Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events hits the program queue March 30th.

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