The final season of this series of unfortunate events, but I feel fortunate to have watched it. The third season covers book 10, 11, 12 and 13. Much like the previous seasons, the show adds more context and clues for the viewers. VFD and their history is woven in much more. There are other changes, though. For instance, Captain Widdershins doesn’t appear.
This is a strong ending to the show with the main cast giving stronger performances than ever. Everyone has improved. Esme is even larger and crazier than before. Olaf gets his more somber and serious moments. The Baudelaires get several powerful scenes as they struggle with more and more darkness. The henchmen also get great scenes showing their growth as characters. Lemony Snicket feels wearier than ever as he relives events he has been a part of. Carmelita is also back, and she is fantastic. She strikes a great balance between being annoying but not so much that you dread her scenes. Her annoyance is the kind that makes me want to look forward to more of her antics. Everyone is fantastic.
Perhaps my favorite episode of the show is The Penultimate Peril, part one. It is just great in mystery, wordplay and more. There are clever conversations abound as the Baudelaires try to accomplish a secret mission at a hotel. The actor for the hotel managers does a great job at being likeable and secretive.
The show keeps the same surreal tone where things aren’t quite real. The people don’t act quite like people. But it still works fantastically. This season also keeps the pacing problems. Sometimes, things that should be dramatic and impactful aren’t because they don’t linger enough. The show moves on too fast to the next thing so I didn’t get the chance to truly absorb what had happened. I like the humor, though. It helps keep the show light among all the darkness.
The final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events is a great conclusion to the story. It answers more questions than the book ending and is a bit lighter in tone. It was a fun ride all the way through.