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Recently I had stumbled upon the limited Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” based off the book series by the anonymous Lemony Snicket. I had just finished a show and was looking for something new and decided to give it a try. Admittedly, I wasn't expecting much when I started the show, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good the series actually was, particularly its third and final season.

The final season consisted of eight one-hour long episodes that each confronted a new problem the Baudelaire orphans had to face. However, while the episodes each had a different location with new characters the episodes seamlessly flowed together.

The third and final season ended exactly where the second season left off wasting no time in getting to the conflict of the episode. However, this season was packed with unexpected twists and revelations that left me shocked.

This season -- and the entire series -- had a way of teasing one outcome, but giving viewers a completely different one, despite the teasers they left throughout the episodes. The final season also gave closure to many of the seemingly random characters that the Baudelaire’s met throughout the series and tied the three seasons together nicely.

This show provides the perfect amount of mystery, humor and suspense. It’s obvious the target crowd of this series is families. There is enough mystery and suspense to keep both children and adults interested, but before things get too dark there’s some humor thrown into the episode, which is an incredible feat by the production team.

The series is filled with many depressing situations that have the potential of creating a very dark, upsetting series, but they’re able to balance it out with the amount of humor presented. Thankfully, the comic relief is not the cheesy Disney Channel-esque humor only catered to the younger target audience, but it is modern humor that older generations can enjoy.  

To me, one of the best parts of this series was the character development. Within the last season, all three of the Baudelaire’s characters developed tremendously. Each character became more confident and began to fight back against the “unfortunate events” that controlled their lives. Not only do the main characters develop, but seemingly background characters became more prominent and contributed more to the story than past seasons. One of these characters is the narrator/author Lemony Snicket. The director’s choice to include Snicket in the series was a stroke of complete genius that moved the series along successfully.

The series also stays true to its printed series. I read the original series quite a while ago but I do recall the series having a very open-ended ending, and the Netflix series stays true to this ending.

The conclusion to the Netflix series was done very well. It gave viewers a nice closure, but it didn’t say too much. It allowed its viewers to interpret the ending of the series however they please, much like how the books had. However with that said, based off the ending I would not be surprised if Netflix creates a spinoff following Snicket somewhere down the road.    

The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.

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