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The Bad Beginning: Part Two 

The Baudelaire orphans try and escape the grasp of the evil Count Olaf.

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers:

Daniel Handler (based on the book series by) (as Lemony Snicket), Daniel Handler (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Count Olaf
Patrick Warburton ... Lemony Snicket
Malina Weissman ... Violet Baudelaire
Louis Hynes ... Klaus Baudelaire
K. Todd Freeman ... Arthur Poe
Presley Smith ... Sunny Baudelaire
Will Arnett ... Father
Cobie Smulders ... Mother
Joan Cusack ... Justice Strauss
Usman Ally ... Hook-Handed Man
Matty Cardarople ... Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender
Cleo King ... Eleanora Poe
John DeSantis ... Bald Man
Jacqueline Robbins ... White Faced Woman #1
Joyce Robbins ... White Faced Woman #2
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The Baudelaire orphans try and escape the grasp of the evil Count Olaf.

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

According to Daniel Handler, the writer of the show, Neil Patrick Harris improvised the "I bought it online," line to the hourglass scene. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the Marvelous Marriage scene, at around 57 minutes, Gustav and Jacqueline make their way to the stage. A few moments later, they can be seen sitting at the rear of the theater as the audience cheers. See more »

Quotes

Bald Man: [to the tune of the wedding march] Here - comes - Count Olaf. A bit - of - a showoff.
Count Olaf: What?
Bald Man: Nothing else rhymes with Count Olaf.
Count Olaf: There are plenty of things that rhyme with Count Olaf. Hmm. Uh, hmm. Hmm. Rice pilaf!
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An Improvement, but Still Stumbles
13 January 2017 | by readjacksonporterSee all my reviews

The second episode benefits simply because it comes after the first. The tone is established, we've already spent an hour with the characters and the plot can finally start to really move forward.

The Baudelaire children are much more grounded in this episode, with their skill sets coming into play (as they will throughout the rest of the series). Count Olaf is less out of place, and he gains control of the world that he'll stalk the children through for the remaining episodes to come.

All the tropes are set up, the running gags. The "death" of the Baudelaire's parents is explored a little more heavily, and, with it, the main goal of the series. We as an audience now have something hopeful (though Lemony Snicket will tell you it's not so) to look forward to.

Though Olaf's house is a disgustingly gorgeous set piece, it will be nice to move on. It took a couple of hours, but I'm now fully interested to see the rest of this world. I'm sure with the next episodes that the story will find its pace, and I'll suddenly find myself racing through these episodes at a break-neck speed.


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