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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning Part 2
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We're kicking Tuesday off with my review of The Bad Beginning Part 2, which is episode 2 of season of the Netflix Original series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'
THE TALE OF THE BAUDELAIRES
Bad Beginning Part 2 is awesome, with Olaf coming up with a legal way
to get the Baudelaire fortune, he will simply marry Violet as part of
a play which would actually be real, since he’s her legal guardian
he can give his enthusiastic permission for her to marry, and all she
has to do is say ‘I Do’ and sign a legal document…. And it
nearly works, but thankfully the plot was realized by Klaus who read
up on nuptial law thanks to a book he got from Justice Strauss and
presents a legal and moral argument for why the wedding is invalid.
Not because Olaf is a vile human being, but because Violet signed the
document with her left hand instead of her right.
fact that Olaf’s scheme nearly works is quite ingenious cause in my
view, as he takes full advantage of the law… and it actually takes
one hell of an argument from Klaus to get Justice Strauss to make it
invalid. Which raises the question as to why it did… well for lack
of a better term… Strauss is a bit soft in the ‘backbone’
department, and was actually convinced by Olaf to actually be in his
production to make his plan to marry Violet even more legal, playing
on her desires to wanting to be an actress. Let’s face it, Olaf had
just about every single base covered, including holding Sunny hostage
to ensure that Violet go through with the all to real performance.
said there are two scenes in this episode that stand out to me, one
is Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and Louis Hynes as Klaus
Baudelaire going back and forth over his scheme, and young Mr Hynes
more than holds his own against NPH in terms of not being blown off
screen, since NPH is very over the top with his performance, it’s a
very well pace and crafted scene that shows the intelligence of Klaus
and the devious vile nature of Olaf.
other scene I just loved… Sunshine playing poker with the
Hook-Handed Man to escape from a birdcage and to have him bring her
down to where Olaf’s all to real wedding with Violet was taking
place after the plan was exposed. Here’s the advantage of having a
baby that you say can do incredible things (such as having four teeth
so sharp she can chop parsley easily), you can have her simply be off
the chain vocally cause only her siblings can understand her or have
her be one hell of a card shark when it comes to playing poker to get
things I’ve notice is that there seems to be a reoccurring image of
an eye, such as on Olaf’s ankle tattoo and on the floor of the cell
where the Baudelaire’s parents are working on their escape. What
does this mean I don’t know cause I never read the books, but
Justice Strauss did have a book about the incomplete history of
secret organizations. Also exactly how damn strict is the
Baudelaire’s will when it comes to what should happen with the
kids, cause clearly Strauss would make the best guardian… but I’m
guessing when the books were first written they were done as an
ongoing series in mind, so a ‘happy ending’ is out of the
that note, we’re wrap things up here and we’ll back tomorrow to
go over episode of A Series of Unfortunate Events with ‘The Reptile
Room Part One’
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