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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window Part One
Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement... We're continuing our look at the Netflix original series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' with episode five of season one 'The Wide Window, Part One'. Spoiler Warning Is In Effect.
THE TALE OF THE BAUDELAIRES
The second half of
this tale of dismay opens with Mr. Poe leaving the Baudelaires on a
dock for they are off to live with the Aunt Josephine, who are one
point her life was a fierce and formidable woman, but with the tragic
lost of her husband Ike at the teeth of the Lake Lachrymose leaches,
she is now a woman who lives in fear of everything, and while not a
total shut-in, she is very much not the woman that at one point in
her life enjoyed sky-diving and wrestling alligators, but she won’t
talk to Violet, Klaus or Sunny about the things they need to know.
That’s not to say she doesn’t give them some info, Josepheine
reveals that she along with Ike and the Baudelaires parents made
codes and they were close associates, but nothing more than that…
unless you spoke with improper grammar other wise she’d talk your
That said, there is
one huge big flaw with Josephine as a character, in particular when
you compare her to Monty, in that while Monty was very proactive and
about doing things, noticing dangers as they come and adapting to
deal with a situation… Josephine is presented as just a lonely
fearful person who sees danger everywhere but not right in front of
her which makes her a perfect mark for Count Olaf to swoon under the
persona of Captain Sham, and while the Baudelaire’s can see through
the disguise rather easily, Josephine’s own self-imposed fears
leads her to captivated… and apparently leads her to commit
suicide, jumping out of a window that over looks the large lake
(Though if one is paying attention one would notice a statue in the
darken room where this took place that is not there after the
Baudelaires hear the glass breaking)
Now don’t take
this as me being critical of Alfre Woodard’s performance of the
character, she got the character over quite well I thought, but it’s
such a downer in comparison to Monty that I can’t help but fell
like one of the Baudelaires in being disappointed. Which might be the
whole point come to think of it.
As far as Count Olaf
goes… he’s surprisingly downplayed in this episode, and does a
fair job of covering most of his identify features including a peg
leg to hid his left ankle. As compared to the Stephano persona form
The Reptile Room, Captain Sham is a much better disguise for him to
utilize since anyone can be a sea captain and talk nautical terms. He
apparently knows a lot about Josephine and was able to easily set up
a ‘chance meeting’ and woo her into going out on date for
fried-egg sandwich while she was out shopping for supplies for a
pending hurricane (has something to do with the fact that Lake
Lachrymose is practically a small ocean)
Stand out scene for
me was Violet and Klaus trying to determine how to proceed to escape
from Josephine’s home which is being guarded by Olaf’s theater
troupe, and Klaus considering that Josephine is right about being
afraid of everything, which prompts Violet to bring up what their
mother always said ‘Do the scary thing first and then worry about
being scared’ (or something to that effect).
Other little details
in this episode, when Olaf arrives in Lake Lachrymose he is
confronted by a waiter, and they are very much aware with one other…
Josephine has a copy of ‘An Incomplete History of Secret
Organizations’ the same book that was in Justice Krauss’s
library… the Baudelaire children are allergic to peppermints, I
suspect this will come into play in the next episode...apparently
there was a ‘Snicket’ in the organization, not sure if it’s
Lemony or someone else… the Baudelaire parents had an interesting
honeymoon if the implications indicated that there were in a plan
that was shot at…
Which leads me to a
huge problem with this episode: it’s too damn dark… to play into
Josephine’s phobias, apparently there is no electricity in her home
(she disconnected the door bell because she feared people getting
electrocuted) and the use of candles is forbidden (cause they could
fall and start a fire), meaning it’s just a bleak episode to look
at for any scenes shown at Josephine’s home. I get why they did it,
but I wish more could been actually SEEN!
episode sets the status quo for the story, but I felt the pacing was
rather muddled, not helped with dark lighting.
Hello Dwellers and Welcome To Comics From The Basement…
Comic Books that act as an expanded universe for a franchise seen only on TV, Video Games or Movies are pretty cool in my book.
They get to either bring back characters and concepts that were one and done, which provides familiarity and acts like a gateway to get non-comic readers a reason to pick up a comic. Which is the case of this weeks comic: Star Trek The Next Generation #36…
And yeah, I’ve had this copy for years since I don’t have the back cover any more and am Iucky to still have the front cover.
But as you can tell from the cover, it features the return of Ardra.
For those of you who may not know: Ardra was the antagonist in the season four episode, ‘Devil’s Due’, where the Enterprise-D responds to a distress call from a planet that was being tormented by a person claiming to be their Devil. Ardra in actuality is a con-woman who uses her knowledge of the planet’s culture along with devices like transporters, holograms a…