A Series of Unfortunate Events season 3 premiere recap: The Slippery Slope: Part One


Don’t look away because the Baudelaire orphans are back for the final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

A Series of Unfortunate Events has premiered it’s third and final season, and it feels bittersweet. I have to say, it is most certainly their best one yet and I can’t wait to relive each episode through these recaps.

It’s my favorite one for many reasons, but one that stands out is how the story came together by the end. We’re not quite there yet, so before we talk about the ending, let’s get into the first episode!

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If you recall, we last left the Baudelaires in a cliffhanger–literally. While Sunny was abducted by Count Olaf and his goons, Klaus and Violet were speeding off from the edge of a cliff.

Their fate was unknown (was it really though), but we begin this episode with them alive and well. Thanks to Violet, of course, who invented her way through their death-defying plunge. How so you ask? A makeshift parachute.

Violet and Klaus cross paths with a group of interesting strangers which include the ever annoying Carmelita Spats and an intriguing individual hiding his/her identity with a mask.

Other newbies to the season 3 premiere include two of Olaf’s mentors (who would have thought). Their personas are quite hilarious and typical of the series in every way—The Man With the Beard and No Hair and The Woman With Hair and No Beard.

Meanwhile, Sunny is with Olaf, but we’re not so worried about her. Not only is she a biter, but she’s just too darn cute and can get her way out of anything. Did I mention she’s freaking adorable?

Count Olaf is under the impression Klaus and Violet splatted dead on the ground. But since he has Sunny, he’s got a way to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. Or should I say “forchuuun”.

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Last season we got one glimpse at Allison William who plays Kit Snicket and is a big part of season 3. As Lemony Snicket comes on and off the screen doing his thing, we get to finally see more of Kit and her story, which I have to say was one of the best things about the final season.

When we meet Kit again in this episode, she’s pregnant and on the run. She runs into the two weird characters that I mentioned above. They mean to kill her, but before they can she jumps off the cliff herself–and flies away with wings. It’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, anything can happen.

Excited and eager, Count Olaf believes he’s heading off to the VFD headquarters. But a wrong turn takes them onto the top of Mount Fraught. And considering there is a rumor that one of the Baudelaire parents is still alive, he intends to find the headquarters and burn them down to a crisp.

And while he’s plotting and planning, Violet and Klaus happen upon the same fork and find their way to the VFD headquarters.

So those group of strangers I mentioned earlier? They call themselves Snow Scouts, and when Carmelita tries to call out Violet and Klaus, they brush it off and say they’re mountain climbers looking for their sister.

While we try to get over Carmelita’s obnoxious demeanor, Sunny is busy doing chores for Olaf and his troupe.

However, Fernald has taken a liking to Sunny and even formed a friendship with her. It’s actually quite cute and adorable and puts us at ease that someone is taking care of adorable ‘ol Sunny. Wait, did I already say how cute she is? Alright, fine, last time.

The masked individual approaches Violet and Klaus, and it becomes clear he is not with the Snow Scouts. And in the midst of all of this, Kit is still running around and the mention of a sugar bowl is made and how it needs to be protected. Who would have known how big this sugar bowl would go onto be as the season progressed.

In the middle of the night, the masked kid has Violet and Klaus follow him up a ladder through the Vertical Flame Division (there’s that darn VFD again).

At this point, I was quite skeptical of who this person would turn out to be, but I knew it most likely had to be someone helpful. But in the world of A Series of Unfortunate Events, one can never be too sure.

Remember the kooky man and woman who have been lurking around Mount Fraught? Well, they’re not only Count Olaf’s mentors–but they’re his parents. Ugh, the horror! We totally see where he gets it from. There’s a brief moment of empathy when we realize who his parents are and why Olaf may be as horrible as he is. But it’s fleeting–sorry, Olaf.

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Violet and Klaus find themselves climbing up the tunnel, which turns out to be a secret passageway into the VFD headquarters. But to open the doors, they had to solve a series of questions that resulted in phrases. If they get them wrong, then the door will remain locked forever and ever. Of course, Violet and Klaus certainly don’t have a problem getting it opened and solve it lickety-split.

Turns out there is nothing much of the headquarters left. You see, Count Olaf’s parents burned it down. All of it. All roads led here, and now it’s a disappointing dead end. But hey, at least we learn the identity of the masked kid. Quigley Quagmire. Woah, what?!