(Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for Episodes 1 and 2 of 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Season 1.)
It's finally here. Lemony Snicket's Netflix adaptation based on the tragic case of the Baudelaire orphans has finally become available for streaming, whether you wanted it to or not.
Each excellent episode is around an hour long, and if you're reading this far, it means you've already finished the first two. In between squealing with glee over the lines of dialogue that were lifted word for word from Daniel Handler's books and obsessing over the beautiful set design and adorable use of CGI (we're lookin' at you, Sunny), you might have missed a few things. Don't worry, we've got our fellow volunteers covered. Below you'll find...
7 Things You Might Have Missed In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 1 & 2: A Bad Beginning
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1. Those Secret Tunnels Are LOADED With Easter Eggs
When Lemony Snicket walks down one of the secret tunnels, there are numerous signs with names on them, pointing off in various directions. If you're not an avid book reader, those names probably won't sound familiar to you just yet, but stay alert for them in the future.
Throughout the whole brief scene, you can see the following names:
- The Cathedral of the Alleged Virgin
- Valorous Farms Dairy
- Lesko (?)
- Quagmire (again)
2. Kenny Street
Count Olaf lives at Kenny Street. Sound like a particularly un-Snickety name? Well, that's because it's not a Snicket/Handler creation at all. It's the name of consulting producer, Jack Kenny.
3. Al Funcoot Is An Anagram For Count Olaf
If you haven't read the books, it would be really surprising if you recognized the name "Al Funcoot," the writer of The Marvelous Marriage. Maybe you did read the books, but just didn't obsess over every single potential anagram lurking in the next. Well, "Al Funcoot" is an anagram for "Count Olaf." Anagram is a word which here means, all the letters of one word or words are rearranged to form a new word or words. "Lucafont" (in the books it's O. Lucafont) and "Flacutono," which appear in the title sequence (and later in the story), are also anagrams for Count Olaf.
4. Allusions To Future Stories
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Justice Strauss mentions that her library has information on everything from "Italian cuisine to the world's most threatening fungus," Now of course, we know that the most dangerous fungus in the world is the medusoid mycelium, which we'll be seeing later on in the Grim Grotto. Also, as the Bald Man is singing a song about Count Olaf, he notes that only "rice pilaf" rhymes with Count Olaf. That's a realization that poet Isadora Quagmire is going to make at Prufrock Preparatory school later on, although the couplet writer will point out that it's really only a half rhyme, anyway.
5. The Nod To 'How I Met Your Mother'
If you're reading this far it means you've already seen the surprise reveal: The Baudelaire parents are alive?! Or are they someone else's parents entirely? Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders appeared as "Father" and "Mother" in the very last scene of both episodes. These must have been the secret guest stars that Netflix had been so serious about keeping under wraps.
If you haven't seen How I Met Your Mother, then the irony of this particular casting decision might not be too clear. But in the sitcom, Cobie Smulders plays Robin, the female lead that ends up marrying and ultimately divorcing Barney, played by none other than Neil Patrick Harris. Robin also winds up being the soulmate of a different character, Ted, but not the mother of his children. Thus, seeing her credited as "Mother" and the potential of an on-screen reunion with NPH is just too beautiful to have been an accident.
6. A Vigorously Fixed Destination
After Count Olaf escapes and Justice Strauss offers to bring the Baudelaires home with her, Jacquelyn informs the children that their parents arranged for them to be brought to a Vigorously Fixed Destination: V.F.D.
Before the series was released, Netflix planted secret VFD websites in its various trailers for fans to get a peek at the set design for each episode. This doesn't appear to be an active website, but it's definitely a coded message of some kind!
7. The Grappling Hook
If you had to stretch your imagination like a piece of taffy in order to believe that Violet could have built what appears to be an automatic-climbing jet pack, you're not alone. In the book, she builds a much simpler grappling hook attached to a rope of ripped up ugly clothes, and climbs the tower manually. But the change from the text made more sense when the mysterious Mother builds a grappling hook and a molotov cocktail at the end of Episode 2.
- Next up? 5 Things You Might Have Missed In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 3 & 4: The Reptile Room!