As Netflix prepares to make its latest venture into the realm of original content with the debut of ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’, fans surely find themselves wonder whether the streaming giant can maintain the seemingly impossible standard of quality it has set for itself. This concern is one felt all the more keenly given the ‘Lemony Snicket’ novels were last adapted as a feature film in 2004 that many considered to be something of a mixed bag. It’s a situation in many ways reminiscent of the lead up to the first season of ‘Daredevil’ two years ago. But fans can now begin to assuage those concerns with the release of a new teaser for the series.
In line with the series’ promotion to this point, the teaser features narration from Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket cautioning the audience about the nature of the events to follow. Throughout the thirty second teaser, Warburton’s tongue in cheek narration warns of the “disturbed plots, villainous frightful deeds, and an absurd amount of child endangerment,” before it closes by advising the viewer to simply “look away”.
More so than many of the series’ prior teasers, however, this latest offering makes a point of positioning the show as a more faithful adaptation than the 2004 film of the same name, highlighting such details as Sunny’s teeth and Olaf’s tattoo. Indeed, even the trailer’s narration matches the tone of the original novels, which would also gently admonish readers against subjecting oneself to whatever grim accounts might be contained within.
The teaser can be seen here:
Based on the series of best-selling books by Daniel Handler, ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ follows the Baudelaire children (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny) as they find themselves in the custody of their eccentric (and criminal) relative Count Olaf following the death of their parents. As the story progresses, the children must outwit their guardian at every turn, thwarting Olaf’s schemes to deprive them of their inheritance, all the while seeking the clues they need to unravel the mysteries that surround their parents’ deaths.
‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ stars Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman, and Louis Hynes. The full eight episode season is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on January 13, 2017.