March 2, 2024

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A Series Of Unfortunate Events “The Wide Window: Part One”

Season One, Episode Five.

Are things getting better for the Baudelaires?  Not in the slightest.  Why should they?  Can’t you read the title of the show?

Oh, there’s the author of the books, Dan Handler as a fish head salesman.

Once again, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are sent to live with some other relative they’ve never heard of.  Once again, the person in question lives in an odd house.  And once again, we have a group of well-meaning but incompetent people trying and failing to keep the Baudelaires safe from Count Olaf.

This time around it’s Aunt Josephine.  We were told in the previous episode that she’s fierce.  Is she?  Well, not anymore.  She used to wrestle alligators and skydive.  Now she’s afraid of electricity, lighting the stove, and real estate salesmen.  That last one might come in handy to get her off that rickety-looking house overlooking Lake Lachrymose, a lake that houses a particularly deadly form of leech.  It doesn’t help that there’s a hurricane coming.  She oddly enough isn’t too afraid of that.  Good ol’ Lemony Snicket is on hand now to explain the difference between rational and irrational fears.  Fear of something that can actually hurt you like Count Olaf?  That’s rational.  Fear of real estate salesmen?  That’s irrational.

After the kids trick her into going for a food run (she buys limes for cold lime stew), Klaus and Violet get some more hints about a Baudelaire secret society that Aunt Josephine for some reason can’t or won’t tell them about.  She loves grammar more than anything else, so that was a little confusing.  Of course, her love of grammar reminds me of my department head, so I’m moving on from there.

Say, over in town, we learn Count Olaf once maybe murdered another member of that society, a Mr. Snicket.  Huh.

But maybe sending Aunt Josephine off by herself wasn’t a good plan when she comes back with a new love interest, a grammar-loving sea captain named Captain Sham.  Obviously it’s Count Olaf.  No one ever believes the kids when they warn people it’s really Count Olaf.  Granted, the peg leg to hide that ankle tattoo was a nice touch.

Off Josephine and Sham/Olaf go on their date, and the kids are trapped inside by the Count’s henchpeople.  And then, from the library’s wide window, there’s a crash and a woman-shaped hole in the glass.  A suicide note appears to have been left behind by Aunt Josephine.  That can’t be good.

Oh, but Lemony Snicket is here to assure us Aunt Josephine isn’t dead…yet.