A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Carnivorous Carnival: Part One - S2-E9

New this week Trivia: When the orphans are disguised as freaks, Olaf and his troupe mock them by chanting 'Not one of us!' This is a homage to the 1932 film 'Freaks', where the freaks chant 'One of us!'.

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The Austere Academy: Part Two - S2-E2

New this month Trivia: While locked in the freezer, Larry recites the Jack London story, 'To Build a Fire'. Appropriately enough, this is about a man who freezes to death.

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The Vile Village: Part One - S2-E5

New this month Trivia: Mr. Poe suggests the villagers will draw lots to decide who will take care of the children 'Like in that delightful Shirley Jackson story.' He's referring to 'The Lottery', where the winner of the drawing is unceremoniously stoned to death.

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The Austere Academy: Part One - S2-E1

New this month Trivia: Mr. Poe rhapsodizes over a saccharine sweet book called 'The Pony Party.' That was the title of the fake book printed on the reverse of the dust jacket of 'Lemony Snicket: An Unauthorized Autobiography.'

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The Carnivorous Carnival: Part One - S2-E9

New this month Trivia: At one point, Esme asks Olaf why Madame Lulu is working at a carnival, and suggests she could "have a TV show in the city" if she were a real fortune teller. Olaf then casually mentions that he tried that for "nine years," but it didn't work out for him. This is a very subtle nod to the series "How I Met Your Mother," which was set in New York City and ran for nine seasons. Neil Patrick Harris, whom plays Olaf, was one of the co-stars of "HIMYM" from 2005-2014.

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New this month Trivia: A prior film adaptation of the book series was released in 2004. A sequel was in development for quite some time, and at one point, it was going to be a stop-motion animated follow-up to combat the fact the child actors grew up and looked physically older. It was eventually decided that rather than doing a sequel to the first film, the franchise would be rebooted into a Netflix series, so that each book could get a proper full adaptation over several episodes; as opposed to the film, which combined multiple books into a single narrative.

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New this month Trivia: Not only is the number "13" (a number associated with bad luck) quite important to the series, but it also keeps popping up in the overall franchise seemingly by coincidence. Ex. There were 13 books in the novel series, this television adaptation was released on Friday the 13th, January 2017, and it was released 13 years after the prior film adaptation.

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New this month Trivia: Major spoilers for both the books and series. The true meaning of the acronym "V.F.D." is actually openly stated by narrator Lemony Snicket early in season one, during a brief cutaway which he states that neither the regular fire department nor the volunteer fire department could figure out the source of the Baudelaire fire. Late in the books, it is revealed that "V.F.D." officially stands for "volunteer fire department."

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The Hostile Hospital: Part Two - S2-E8

New this month Trivia: Right before Klaus is to perform surgery on Violet, a diagram is pulled down showing an anatomical view of a head, including the brain. If you look closely at the portions of the face that are visible, the head is actually Barry Sonnenfeld - whom produced and co-directed this series, in addition to co-producing the prior 2004 film adaptation.

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New this month Trivia: Not a mistake, but a rather interesting coincidence: The series main composer is James Newton Howard, whom was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for his musical work in the film "The Village." Somewhat coincidentally, another nominee that year was Thomas Newman. And the film Newman was nominated for? The prior 2004 film adaptation of "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

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New this month Trivia: Most of the episodes are written by franchise creator Daniel Handler, whom wrote all 13 of the original novels under the pen-name "Lemony Snicket." Handler also appears in a cameo in Season One as a fish-merchant, who quotes the song novelty comedy song "Fish Heads." ("Fish heads! Fish heads! Rolly-polly fish heads!").

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New this month Trivia: The series stars Neil Patrick Harris, with Cobie Smulders appearing in a recurring guest-role. The two had previously co-starred together in the long-running sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." In addition, Smulders and Will Arnet play a couple in this series, and coincidentally respectively voiced DC superheros Wonder Woman and Batman in the "Lego Movie" film series. Additionally, Nathan Fillion has a guest-spot in several season two episodes. Fillion co-starred with Harris in the web-series "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog."

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