Things at Netflix are about to become rather... unfortunate. A new trailer has appeared from the Great Unknown for the second season of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which arrives at the end of the month. With this official and full trailer, we finally get a look at this season's, er, events.
Adapting the next five books in the series (The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, and The Carnivorous Carnival), Season 2 — based on this trailer — assures viewers that the misery of Season 1 was just an appetizer. To put it in Netflix's own words, "No matter how dark it may seem, it will only get worse."
There are so many standout characters and moments from the trailer, like Roger Bart's violin-playing vice principal of Prufrock Preparatory School (who sends the Baudelaire orphans to live in a shack that has crabs), Mr. Poe's woeful ignorance, the Quigley children, the Fowl Devotees with their crow feather hats, the waiter from Café Salmonella in his fish costume, Hal (David Alan Grier), the visually impaired worker in Heimlich Hospital's records department, and a further exploration of the secret organization known as V.F.D.
The Baudelaire parents were members of that, and their involvement in V.F.D. and what is known in the books as "The Schism" may have led to their fiery deaths.
As an added bonus, here are a few of Count Olaf's new looks during Season 2:
On the far left, Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) is disguised as the ringleader at the Caligari Carnival in The Carnivorous Carnival. His doctor outfit second from the right is when he plans to give Violet (Malina Weissman) a craniectomy in The Hostile Hospital. At the far right is the Count's Detective Dupin disguise in The Vile Village, in which Jacques Snicket is mistaken for Olaf (because of his ankle eye tattoo) and burned at the stake. Not shown is Olaf's outfit as Gunther, which has been featured extensively in previous trailers and images. The second-to-the-left image might be his persona from The Austere Academy, of the Prufrock Preparatory School gym teacher, Coach Genghis. In the book he wears a turban, but this might have been considered culturally insensitive for the show and swapped for a bowler hat. We shall see.
Unlike the feature film from 2004 (which wasn't bad), the show devotes two episodes to each book, allowing for more time to develop the characters as well as the plots. Like we said, there's a lot to unpack in the trailer alone.
There's even a new repugnant poster, which we encourage you not to look at, lest you become full of sorrow and despair. If you're OK with both of those feelings, then by all means, take a look at the following image.
All episodes of Season 2 disastrously drop on Netflix March 30.