Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1 Episode 8 “The Miserable Mill: Part Two”

Returning to a very familiar structure and formula, there is a lot of unnecessary and at times boring aspects to this episode, from the ending musical number, to sequences obviously added simply to give Neil Patrick Harris more to do. However, this finale does do the best job at promoting the show’s central themes of the distrust of adults towards children and life’s unpredictable and often surreal nature. The self-aware writing also flows better here, as the narration is used sparingly and again the episode is not dominated by one personality. It does come close though, as Count Olaf’s tricks really have run their course and there continues to be little suspense. It will interesting to see how the series continues next season, and whether it continues to pander to Harris, or redirect towards it’s more intriguing themes. 6.2/10

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