Your first look at the A Series of Unfortunate Events series is finally here, and it’s a little unconventional.
On Tuesday, Netflix released its first trailer for the series based off of the 13-book children series, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and to say it’s dark and dreary would be an understatement. In fact, the whole trailer tries to deter you from tuning in at all.
The show will follow the three Baudelaire children as they move forward after the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire. You’ll see them try and live their new life and uncover the dark secrets their family holds throughout the show. The teaser however, only shows one character — and he’s got a warning for viewers.
The trailer begins with Lemony Snicket himself, played by Patrick Warburton, taking you on a tour of the A Series of Unfortunate Events TV set. It is just the twisted author, who goes by Snicket and a bunch of props, lights and gloomy surroundings throughout the whole trailer.
As he walks from area to area, you can see the street lamps and old-school cars that exist in the new Netflix series’ world. He explains that normally people get excited for a new season of top-notch entertainment, but the story they are telling is so dark that the cast and crew are currently suffering from “low morale.”
While you do hear one other voice (a happy voice at that) as the stage tour continues, it’s Snicket’s tale about the upcoming series that is at the focus of this trailer. It might seem weird, but isn’t that the point of this show? The answer: yes!
“Please don’t make the same mistake that Netflix has,” Snicket warns towards the end of the teaser. “Look away before this dire tale is even filmed, and avoid the cruel whimsy and whimsical cruelty of what’s to come,” he says before the lights go off and strange music begins to play. It is so eerie!
A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres on Netflix on January 13