Netflix’s highly anticipated remake of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” has finally released its first teaser video, and it’s just as meta and macabre as every fan hoped.
The trailer features Patrick Warburton as author Lemony Snicket (a pseudonym for Daniel Handler) walking through Netflix’s set for the TV show and, true to form, attempting to dissuade fans from even watching the series at all.
“Under ordinary circumstances, this room would be buzzing with excitement and activity as directors, designers, stagehands and indentured servants prepare for a dazzling season of top-notch entertainment,” Snicket says, walking past lights, cameras and a crate curiously labeled “Very Flammable Dandelions.”
“But the story of the Baudelaire orphans is so upsetting and so utterly unnerving that the entire crew is suffering from low morale, a phase which here means, ‘Currently under medical observation for melancholia, ennui and acute wistfulness,'” Snicket continues.
No appearance of Neil Patrick Harris as the infamous Count Olaf, unfortunately, but you can hear his voice cutting through Snicket’s warning as he sings off screen: “Joy, joy, happiness, my fortune’s about to change.”
Looks like not everyone’s suffering from low morale.
The teaser tells little to nothing about the show itself, so here’s hoping we see more sneak peeks of Snicket, Count Olaf and the Baudelaire orphans before the show debuts on the entirely too perfect date of Friday, Jan. 13.