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The Bad Beginning: Part Two 

The Baudelaire orphans try and escape the grasp of the evil Count Olaf.


Barry Sonnenfeld


Daniel Handler (based on the book series by) (as Lemony Snicket), Daniel Handler (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Count Olaf
Patrick Warburton ... Lemony Snicket
Malina Weissman ... Violet Baudelaire
Louis Hynes ... Klaus Baudelaire
K. Todd Freeman ... Arthur Poe
Presley Smith ... Sunny Baudelaire
Will Arnett ... Father
Cobie Smulders ... Mother
Joan Cusack ... Justice Strauss
Usman Ally ... Hook-Handed Man
Matty Cardarople ... Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender
Cleo King ... Eleanora Poe
John DeSantis ... Bald Man
Jacqueline Robbins ... White Faced Woman #1
Joyce Robbins ... White Faced Woman #2


The Baudelaire orphans try and escape the grasp of the evil Count Olaf.

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Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sunny goes missing, Count Olaf asks "When did you see her last?", the name of the second book in All the Wrong Questions, a prequel series to A Series of Unfortunate Events. See more »


When Sunny wins in Poker against Count Olaf's henchman, you see that she wins with a Straight Flush (Same suit and consecutive numbers) with an A/K/Q/J/10 of Spades. However, a Jack of Spades is also in the henchman's hand, and there is only one of each card in a traditional 52-card deck. See more »


Henchperson of Indetermined Gender: I just think, even in changing context, that marriage is an inherently patriarchal construction that is likely to further the hegemonic juggernaut that's problematizing a lot of genders.
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An Improvement, but Still Stumbles
13 January 2017 | by readjacksonporterSee all my reviews

The second episode benefits simply because it comes after the first. The tone is established, we've already spent an hour with the characters and the plot can finally start to really move forward.

The Baudelaire children are much more grounded in this episode, with their skill sets coming into play (as they will throughout the rest of the series). Count Olaf is less out of place, and he gains control of the world that he'll stalk the children through for the remaining episodes to come.

All the tropes are set up, the running gags. The "death" of the Baudelaire's parents is explored a little more heavily, and, with it, the main goal of the series. We as an audience now have something hopeful (though Lemony Snicket will tell you it's not so) to look forward to.

Though Olaf's house is a disgustingly gorgeous set piece, it will be nice to move on. It took a couple of hours, but I'm now fully interested to see the rest of this world. I'm sure with the next episodes that the story will find its pace, and I'll suddenly find myself racing through these episodes at a break-neck speed.

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