A Series of Unfortunate Reviews, The Miserable Mill – The Dom

Netflix moves into uncharted territory as it progresses further through the books than the film managed to get. The Dom reviews episodes 7 and 8 to see if this helped or hindered them as adaptations.

About The Dom

Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.


  1. I can’t believe they messed up Sir. -_- I’ll see this one day. Also, I never heard of that Jabba the Hutt dance scene. The heck? O.O

    • Yeah…this adaptation definitely takes a hit for that. Maybe I will try approaching it as a reboot. At least it doesn’t belong in the trash like the movie, and we finally did get The Miserable Mill in some capacity. I actually don’t think this part is that terrible, but I don’t think it’s great either. As a former fan of the books, I feel The Miserable Mill hasn’t been done perfect justice, but it’s better than nothing.

      What was carried over is recognizable, and yeah, Klaus’s invention in the book would not work in real life as it takes more than gum on string to move a log without a man on it. It certainly gives Violet’s invention in book 3 a run for its money in the stupid category and it’s funny that that’s the immediate thought that came to Klaus’s mind. That said I do appreciate that the siblings switched tasks and Violet’s part is just fine IMHO.

      I can see why Dr. Orwell’s death was changed though, since death by buzzsaw is way more violent. I’m a tad surprised the other troupe members weren’t showboating in the background, and it looks like Hooky stole Baldy’s role, but it seems everyone’s roles are shuffled around in the Netflix series. Oh well, it could be worse. They’d better not mess up the order in which the troupe members…make their exit, so to speak.

  2. I hardly understood and don’t understand anything here.

  3. Daniel Handler “Lemony Snicket” is a fucking idiot to me now for writing these books as in creating these series to begin with. Tell me would the world explode if these books hadn’t existed at the dawn of the 21st century?

  4. I’m gonna guess the troupe members were in every episode for contractual reasons.
    That guy is supposed to be androgynous? Really?

    You complain about where were the OH & S laws at a lumber mill (not disagreeing!), I wonder where were the ‘not signing a contract under duress’ and ‘conflict of interest’ (with Olaf being allowed to permit Violet to marry him) laws in the first episodes?
    Since we don’t know what country this is supposed to be in, I’m gonna guess one with slack laws.

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