A Series of Unfortunate Events: S2E3 “The Ersatz Elevator: Part 1”

Every Tuesday, we explore and discuss the unfavorable and sorrowful story of the Baudelaire Orphans and there every present tormentor, Count Olaf.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire. A phrase which means getting out of one predicament, only to find yourself in more unfavorable conditions. For the Baudelaire Orphans they know this all too well. One could even muse that if they had a Family Crest, that same phrase would be emboldened across.

But the Baudelaires are less concerned with their own well being and to whoever unfortunate Guardian they meet next then their friends, the Quagmire triplets. Losing someone you care about is a terrible thing. Losing two is a most terrible thing. Losing them to an ever scheming thespian out to obtain your fortune well, is a very cruel and callous thing. Like losing a limb to a rabid, aquatic mammal.

But speaking of mammals, the Baudelaires now find themselves high. High up, in the penthouse of the sixth most successful financial advisers, the Squalors. Kind and timid Jerome. Shallow and shifting Esmé. And being so high up whilst down below the City searches for Count Olaf in a City-wide Manhunt, you would think the Baudelaires are at their most secure. But if the curtains are just pulled back, you’d be wrong.

And all the while, the secretive organization V.F.D counts another member to its ranks, the intrepid librarian of Prufrock Preparatory school, Olivia Caliban. With her and suave Jacques Snicket in tow, they ascend to find the Quagmires.

Ersatz Examinations:

  • Loving the art deco interior set design. Coupled with the anachronistic elements, it reminds me of BioShock.
  • Lucy Punch and Tony Hale are the perfect castings as the Squalors.
  • And forgot to mention last week: Nathan Fillion as Jacques Snicket is the best.
  • “It’s why I sometimes like to curl up and watch some streaming television.” Self-references!
  • I never thought I needed it until I saw Patrick Warburton in a salmon suit.