(Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 3 and 4, look awayyyyy, looooooooook away!)
Seriously, look away.
For better or for worse, we're now halfway through #Netflix's #ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents. (If you missed the 7 Things You Might Have Missed from the first two episodes, you can find it here.) The second chapter in the Baudelaire orphans' lives deviated slightly more from #LemonySnicket's source material, but once you get over your fear of change, it still ran like a well oiled machine. And while there might have been a few new twists and turns, the nostalgia factor was still on full blast.
But as any devoted volunteer knows, there's always something important hiding just below the surface. Here are all the Easter Eggs and coded messages we could find. Don't forget to add your own in the comments below!
Here Are 5 Things You Might Have Missed In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Episodes 3 & 4: The Reptile Room
1. The Opening Theme Has Changed
If you're one of the people who likes to skip over lengthy intros, you may want to go back and give the theme for Episode 3 a thorough listen. In case you didn't already know, that's Neil Patrick singing in his Stephano voice and the lyrics have been changed slightly from "A Bad Beginning." The Look away! part is still the same, and the first and last lines, but the middle chunk has changed to reflect the story. Before it was:
Three children lose their home and go to live with someone awful. He tries to steal their fortune with a plot that's not quite lawful. It's hard to fathom how the orphans managed to live through it, or how a decent person like yourself would even want to view it.
This time we hear:
The Baudelaires are living with a man who studies snakes. He's charming and he's secretive and makes a few mistakes. Spoiler alert: A villain comes to steal and murder and so if I were you I wouldn't even watch one minute further.
The lyrics are the same in Episode 4, but Harris switches back to singing in his regular old Olaf voice.
2. Who's Emily?
While Uncle Monty was busy foolishly confronting Stefano as a herpetological spy, you might have noticed a car in the background with the license plate "Emily's." Racking your brain for how that could be related to the story? As it turn's out, it's an Easter Egg for co-executive producer, Emily Fox.
3. Murnau Cinema
Why go through the trouble of calling it the Murnau Cinema? Why not just Cinema?
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau was a German director, born in 1888. His influences included plays from Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen, which he had seen by the age of 12. His most famous work is probably Nosferatu, an adaptation of Dracula. Tragically, Murnau perished in a car accident on the way to to the premiere of his final film, Tabu.
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4. Verified Film Discount
V.F.D.s were all over the place in "The Reptile Room." First, Uncle Monty asked the children if they knew what a misnomer was, and when Klaus gave his response, what did Monty reply?
Monty went to buy the tickets for Zombies in the Snow and the clerk leaned forward and said:
And did you catch this sneaky one lurking in the credits of Zombies in the Snow?
5. Raymond Ditmars
It might have seemed pretty bizarre if you noticed a teepee set up in the Reptile Room while Olaf and his troupe were fooling Mr. Poe hook, line and sinker. But it makes more sense if you look at the name above the teepee: Raymond Ditmars.
At the turn of the 20th century, Raymond Ditmars was a famous American herpetologist, writer, speaker and natural history filmmaker. When he was just 12 years old, his parents let him create his own reptile room in the attic of their house, 1666 Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx. He never finished school, but devoted his life to studying zoology and collecting herpetological specimens. He published The Reptile Book and a motion picture called The Living Book of Nature, among many other publications. He also established many antivenom centers in the US and Honduras.
No doubt he's a name Uncle Monty would have known, or perhaps even inspiration for the character?