Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events - The Miserable Mill

The two-part season finale offers a slight change to the proceedings but doesn't stray too far from the formula we've seen in previous episodes. The only difference this time is that the Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and baby Sunny choose their latest location as they are put to work in the Lucky Strikes Lumber Mill where they hope to learn information about their parents. And, once again Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) shows up in yet another ridiculous disguise hoping to get his hands on the children and their fortune. In the show's biggest twist, we also see the the fate of Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders who are revealed not to be the Baudelaire's parents, but part of the same mysterious society and those of another group of unfortunate children who should cross the paths of the Baudelaires next season.

With the help of his former flame, Dr. Georgina Orwell (Catherine O'Hara), Count Olaf's latest plan uses hypnotism to try and control events. As we've seen so far this season, Olaf is stymied once again as the children are able to defeat the villain despite the lack of help from adults around them (who also don't seem to have any trouble with two children and a baby working in a lumber mill). "The Miserable Mill" doesn't offer much in the way of larger answers about the Baudelaire children or their parents, but does deliver a finale that sets up more unfortunate events for the three children next season.

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