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STORY 2

Morgan Knox – Advanced News – 3/22/17

Theta Thoughts

OBU women’s social club Theta Sigma Chi is halfway through their new member training for the spring semester. The club welcomed 19 new members into their sorority after the completion of rush back in February.

“I am so glad that I chose to be a Theta,” Christan Gage freshman ministry major said. “From the very first night of rush I felt that Thetas was home for me.”

The new members who joined the club are: Alaina Galghingas, Alyssa Johnson, Amanda Kincaid, Anna Harmon, Ashton Smith, Bethany Barham, Christan Gage, Daeonah Taylor, Haley Willms, Hannah Robinson, Hannah Rodriguez, Jada Shelton, Jana Satzler, Jessica Chapman, Katie Harmon, Marcella Ellebracht, Micah Hawkins, Morgan Walker and Sierra Davis.

“As one of the New Member Mom’s for new members I have been able to watch as each girl finds their place in the club,” junior psychology major Amber Isaac said. “It is so fun to see them experience all the traditions and fun that Thetas has to offer.”

The new members of Theta Sigma Chi will complete six weeks of New Member Orientation before becoming full members through a formal initiation. The Thetas meet for an hour on Monday nights for a Bible study, to go over upcoming events and for announcements. There is also an hour of new member training which are called “Theta Night Outs” or TNOs for short.

“The spring semester is our busiest time as a club,” Christine Ferguson, senior nursing major and president of Thetas, said. “Our focus is on our new members. We get to welcome in a whole new group of sisters, love on them and share all of our club traditions with them.”

Theta Sigma Chi is currently the oldest women’s social club on OBU campus. Founded in 1986, the 31 year old club has a formula to follow when it comes to training new members. The Theta Night Outs are utilized to teach the new members of club traditions, learn club history and to help the new members get to know the older members.

“As TNO captain I have been able to keep handing down traditions we Thetas hold most dear,” sophomore Ashley Berkey said. “As a club we teach the new member our history, chants, our club verse, our constitution, traditions and we have a blast while doing it.”

The club has found many different ways for the new members to get to know the older members in Thetas.

“This year we had a Progressive Pizookie night to help the new members meet the current members who were getting littles,” Isaac said. “The new members were divided up into smaller groups and rotated between the four groups of older members. Pizookie is a great way to bond with other people.”

Another way that the older Thetas are getting to know the new members is by completing weekly “projects.” Each week the older members are assigned a new member to reach out and be intentional with. Some go get coffee from Starbucks, get lunch or some even go see a movie at the two dollar theater downtown.

“Projects are one of my favorite parts of the week,” Gage said. “No matter how busy or stressed out that I am, going on a project reminds me that I am loved by my new sisters. Its hard to get to know all the old members at meetings, but projects allow for that one on one time to build stronger relationships.”

One of the biggest events during the six week new member process is the Big-Little reveal. After three weeks of TNOs, the new members and old members begin the Big-Little selection process. Thetas use a mutual ranking system where both the new and old members write their top five picks for a big or little.

“We have found over the past few years that the ranking system works the best for our club,” Ferguson said. “It has allowed the club to simplify the big little process and it helps to match our girls with someone that they want.”

After the big-little assignments were made, the new bigs spent a whole week showering their littles with anonymous snacks, clues and gifts.

“I felt so loved by my big and my entire family,” freshman Jana Satzler said. “I had no idea who any of my family members were, but all the letters, candy, cookies and gifts showed me how much my family already loved me.”

The Thetas are currently in the middle of planning their Prayer Retreat that will take place the weekend of March 31st through April 2nd.

“Prayer Retreat is a time where the entire club can get away from the stresses at OBU and enjoy a weekend of fellowship with one another,” Ferguson said. “It is a weekend that is full of scripture, games, laughter and tradition.”

The new member initiation is scheduled for April 3rd where the 19 new members will be officially inducted into the Theta Sigma Chi social club.

“Initiation is the last and most important of all the TNOs,” Ferguson said. “We get to see how much the new members have grown since bid night. There is nothing like officially becoming a full sister of Theta Sigma Chi.”

Theta Sigma Chi is also focused on serving their local community of Shawnee.

“The service aspect was one of the reasons I picked Thetas,” Satzler said. “The idea that I could serve along side my friends while giving back to the community was exactly what I was looking for.”

The club serves at the Salvation Army soup kitchen twice a month, goes to Hope House every Thursday night from six to seven and they have campus wide fundraising events to support their national philanthropy Destiny Rescue.

“Destiny Rescue is an organization that works around the world to get young children out of sex slavery,” sophomore service co-chair Emily Wilkerson said. “Last semester we hosted a pancake dinner, and this semester we plan on selling t-shirts for our fundraiser. All of the proceeds will go directly to Destiny Rescue.”

The Thetas are also focused on fellowshipping with one another through their social events. Theta Sigma Chi is hosting their first Date-a-Theta event of the semester Friday at 6 p.m. in Montgomery Hall.

“Our first Date-a-Theta is a fiesta themed date party,” sophomore nursing major Allison Kirk and social co-chair said. “We are having a queso and guacamole cook-off between all the couples that bring an entry. A panel of Lambdas will help judge who the winner is in each category and there will be prizes.”

In the fall semester the Thetas host their event called “Dad’s Day” where the fathers come to tailgate and spend time with their daughters on campus before a football game. In the spring they host “Mom’s Day.”

“Mom’s Day is one of my Mom and I’s favorite events of the year,” Isaac said. “Even before we had the calendar of events for this semester my mom was asking what weekend it was going to be. It is so fun to see all my friends with their mothers and to see the similarities between them.”

Theta Mom’s Day is scheduled for ten in the morning on April 29th.

“This year we are planning on doing a painting class, pictures and we will have some light refreshments,” Kirk said. “It’s always a blast to have all the mothers around.”


 

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STORY 4

Morgan Knox – Advanced News Writing -4/19/17

Story 4: OBU Going Greener

Oklahoma Baptist University is a campus known for its natural beauty with tree lined sidewalks, manicured lawns and small campus feel. Students are oftentimes seen enjoying the outdoors in outdoor picnic areas, relaxing in tree suspended hammocks or relaxing on the lawns of Raley Chapel or the Oval.

Last year the University Planning Advisory Council (UPAC) released the strategic objectives for 2016-2017 which set goals for the campus to achieve by the year 2020. Amongst those goals is to improve OBU’s responsibility for creation care.

“Environmental stewardship and creation care initiatives will be cited regionally and nationally including new facility construction and remodeling with specific goals to include conservation and green efforts,” according to the OBU website.

There have been noticeable changes at OBU that show the path that the campus would like to take in regards to environmental stewardship. OBU’s Student Government Association (SGA) has had a lot of impact towards OBU’s focus for a more eco-friendly campus.

“So these past two years I’ve been a part of the Student Concerns Committee, and I was on a subcommittee called the ‘Go Green Task Force,’” Savannah Payne sophomore pre-allied health major and current SGA member, said. “We met with facilities management every Friday just to discuss eco-friendly change.”

All the hard work of SGA and the OBU Facilities Management has allowed for changes to be made on campus that will help to reduce the amount of waste that the campus produces, and to create more recycling opportunities for student and faculty.

“We worked with [Facilities Management] to pick out the recycle bins that are now in the GC, and the Student Concerns Committee pushed for the refillable water bottle stations that are in the GC” Payne said.

The water bottle station water fountains are located in the Geiger Center, Bailey Business Center, the Recreation and Wellness Center, Admissions and the Academic Center, Stavros Hall, the Lodge and the facilities maintenance building, with future locations planned for the Mabee Learning Center and residence halls. The fountains themselves have a count on them for how many plastic bottles were prevented from going into the waste stream by using the filling station.

There will also be a push for students to recycle during the end of the year Move-Out.

“Like last year, SGA will be doing an initiative this semester during move out time where students will be encouraged to donate items that they no longer want like clothes, toiletries and unopened food items instead of throwing them away to reduce waste,” Payne said. “Donated items will be given to organizations like Salvation Army and Cargo Ranch who will really apprentice having those items.”

Reduction of waste is one of the main goals.

“The University plans to add a significant amount of recycling bins in the near future, expanding to other buildings around campus, including housing facilities,” according to the OBU website.

“The University also desires to reduce waste and landfill impact as much as possible, to be the best stewards of God’s creation and to protect His creation.”

The OBU campus is also going greener on the outside, literally.

“Recently as of the last five to 10 years Lisa Hair has been in the process of removing old trees [on campus] that are diseased and not native to Oklahoma,” Dr. John McWilliams OBU professor of natural science said.

“We have been switching over to trees that are more environmentally friendly that don’t require watering as much as the trees before. A massive amount of water used for the previous plants, trees and shrubs on campus.”

The switch to Oklahoma native plants and shrubs helps to reduce water waste and reduces time for plant management.

“It is called ‘zero-scaping,’ which means plants use less water and require less maintenance,” Dr. McWilliams said.

The changes to the vegetation on campus grounds by OBU Facilities Management will help OBU toward the goal of becoming an official arboretum.

“By 2020 the OBU campus will be regionally recognized as one of the top arboretums in the state,” according to the OBU website.

Arboretums are gardens that are devoted to trees for study and to be seen by the public. Many of the trees on campus have little silver tags that give the name and scientific name of the tree species.

 “The OBU Arboretum currently contains 131 different species of trees, with plans to continue adding to the diversity of trees on campus,” according to the OBU website.

The identified trees on campus are utilized by students for labs and classes.

“The identified trees on campus were a huge help when I was trying to complete a plant identification project in my plant biology course,” Jenni Cartmel senior biology major said. “For most of our labs we were outside interacting with the plants and trees on campus and in the North 40.”

Not only are the trees on campus good for the environment and helpful for education, but they are also a place of shelter and relaxation for OBU students.

“There are so many great places for hanging a hammock on campus,” Cartmel said. “There is nothing like resting in a hammock while swaying in the fresh air.”

OBU also helps give back to the community and nature by organizing campus wide service events in the fall and spring semesters. The SGA sponsored events Serve Shawnee in the fall and One Body United in the spring give students an opportunity to serve their community. Many students go to help local groups clean up parks and other natural environments around Shawnee.

 “I got to work at the Shawnee Community Garden with a bunch of other Thetas and there were a few other outdoor projects including the Japanese Peace Garden,” Alyssa Fluke sophomore international business major and member of SGA, said. “We worked on picking weeds, preparing the soil, and planting.”

Not only were the students who volunteered their time cleaning up the environment, but it gave students the opportunity to actively be the hand and feet of the Lord through service.

“It was very rewarding to be able to serve God’s creation and the Shawnee community” Fluke said. “I really love the idea of a community garden because it allows all sorts of people to come together and work as God’s hands and feet through cultivating and growing different plants, along with encouraging fellowship. It can be really easy to get stuck in a little OBU bubble on campus, so getting out and helping the town in which we all live for this short time is so important, and it allows students to demonstrate the love of God while investing in the community at the same time.”

In addition to the trees already on campus, in honor of Arbor Day, OBU President David W. Whitlock and the Campus Tree Advisory Committee will be plating an American elm sapling of the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 25, on the lawn of Raley Capel at 11 a.m.

“The ceremony and tree planting was organized by the Campus Tree Advisory Committee, which was formed to assist OBU in its efforts to become an accredited Arboretum and to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA,” according to the OBU website.

The Campus Tree Advisory Committee members include Dr. John McWilliams, faculty representative; Tom Terry, community member; Alexa Tininenko, student representative; George Haines, director of facilities management; Berry Nichols, grounds and athletic fields supervisor; Lisa Hair, groundskeeper – gardener; and Stacey Foster, committee secretary.

 


 

COLUMN 1

Morgan Knox – Column – 3/5/17

The Engagement Diaries

            One cold evening in November of 2016 my sweetheart Kolby took me out for dinner to one of our favorite restaurants in Oklahoma City. There was nothing unusual or different about that day that gave me even an inkling of what was to come after dinner. We ordered, we chatted, we ate and we laughed. Then he started to ask me questions about how I imagined our engagement would be. This is where I failed to see that he was baiting me with questions, he guided the conversation just where he wanted it to go. As I finally realized what was happening my heart fluttered and my mouth dropped. The love of my life had just asked me to spend the rest of our lives together, and I could not have been more excited to say yes.

If you have shared the same experience and have gotten engaged to the love of your life, congratulations. With an engagement comes a whole new stage of life, which comes with a whole new set of challenges. Here are a few things that I have experienced during my own engagement to get ready for the new stage of life.

The first few weeks of being engaged are almost a total blur. Friends squeal as they admire the ring on your finger, distant family calls to congratulate you, hugs, tears of joy, texts and countless likes on social media will flood your phone for days to come. This is what I like to call the “honeymoon phase” of the engagement. I was constantly aware of the new shiny ring that I wore on my left hand, and it was hard not to relive the big moment over and over again. I would much rather replay the proposal in my head than listen to my Western Civilization professors talk about the Thirty Years War. It is so nice just to sit next to your fiancé and dream about your future together. The love I felt from Kolby, family and friends was indescribable.

I was quickly snapped out of the “honeymoon phase” as soon as people started asking when the wedding date was, where the wedding would be and what my plans were after Kolby and I got married. The transition was so quick; I went from being on cloud nine to worrying about almost everything possible. Holy cow. I’m not the type of girl who has been planning her wedding day on Pinterest since middle school, but I started to wish I had. Not knowing things and not having plans are some of the things that scare me the most. No one told me how overwhelming it could all be. Thankfully through prayer and talking things through with Kolby we finally set a date for our wedding, and the real process began. We decided for Sunday June 18, 2017; a seven month engagement. In May 2017 I will graduate from Oklahoma Baptist University, and less than a month later in June I will be marrying the love of my life.

Don’t panic like I did. As a student who is very involved at OBU I began to worry about how I was going to juggle my homework, studies and wedding planning. Wedding planning, like any other big project or event, is a process. You’ll have to start somewhere so don’t look at all the Pinterest lists and timelines with fear. If you think the wedding planning is going to be too much for you, try looking into a wedding planner to help you get started and to walk with you through the process.

Don’t take this responsibility on all by yourself! I have to constantly tell myself this one. I am the kind of person who wants everything to be planned out and handled by me personally, but that is physically impossible. Use your delegating skills and allow those around you that you trust to help you. My mom and my little sister have been a huge help with planning the décor, they helped with finding the ceremony and reception venues and with all the crafting. Utilize those bridesmaids! The girls you choose to stand beside you are most likely some of your closest friends who would probably be more than willing to help take responsibilities off your shoulders.

Find those dresses fast! It takes months for a wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses to arrive. The sooner you can start trying on dresses the better. It is wise to pick a dress that will function with your venue. Ball gowns and sandy beaches don’t really mix well. Long trains might not be the best idea for an outdoor venue.

Also don’t only go to one store and settle for a dress. I’m not much of a shopper, and I thought I had found “the dress” the first day I went shopping. I am so thankful that my mother did not let me buy it. Over the next few weeks I visited over 5 different dress stores and tried on 20 different dresses. Once I finally put my dress on I knew, I felt fabulous and the hunt was over! Pick the style that you want, not what your posse wants. Find a style that flatters your body type, and makes you excited to wear if for your wedding day.

Speaking of your posse, bridesmaid dresses take almost as long to order as a bridal gown does. Be aware of your wedding date when shopping and don’t be afraid to ask bridal store staffers to check shipping dates. I learned this lesson the hard way and had to scramble to find dresses that I liked, in the right color and would actually arrive before my wedding date. Word of caution: if you use David’s Bridal make sure to check shipping dates and order dresses really really really early.

One of the hardest things I have run into during the wedding planning process is balancing other people’s feelings. In my mind the only two people’s feelings that should matter are the bride and groom. My entire engagement I have worked with Kolby to try and plan a celebration that both of us will love. When joining two new families together you are probably going to have to compromise on what you want, or end up backtracking to apologize to people. Some battles aren’t worth fighting, and family is forever. Family is sometimes the biggest help, but they could also be one of the biggest stressors. Make sure you are communicating with your fiancé and all the family involved so they know where you stand on situations.

Get ready for lots of people to give you wedding planning advice. Be prepared to take just about everything with a grain of salt, even my advice. Their hearts may be in the right place, but every bride’s vision for their big day is different. Older women may have the best intentions, but times and trends have changed since most of them said their “I do’s.” Remember what you envision your wedding to be like and stick to your guns. If you want a simple ceremony with just close family and friends don’t worry about skipping out on the showy productions that modern weddings have become. Enjoy the vision you and your fiancé want, not what culture says is the right things to do.

The list of things you need to get organized before the big day may seem endless, but you can do it! Even if things don’t exactly end up how you want, you’ll still be just as married at the end of it. Embrace this season of life, and embrace the oncoming change with open arms. Remember your wedding is just one day of your life, so don’t stress too much over the whole production. It’s a short season in life that may seem so long and stressful, but happily ever after seems worth it to me.


 

COLUMN 2

Morgan Knox – Advanced News – 4/3/17

Column 2: Pages Turing Chapters Closing

            The pages of life keep turning, and the last chapter is coming to its end. It’s a transition that many a college student looks forward to for years: graduation.

Senior year is drawing to an end for the class of 2017, and with endings there are always new beginnings. For some the security of a job or graduate school awaits them, while others are not as certain to what the future may hold for them. Sometimes endings are hard. Uncertainty may not be a welcoming feeling but endings lead to new beginnings.

It seems just like yesterday that I sat down with my parents to make the decision about where I would be continuing my education after high school. I was so torn between going to the family favorite University of Arkansas, the University of Oklahoma and my grandmother’s favorite choice, Oklahoma Baptist University.

As an eighteen-year old girl from a small high school who had grown up with almost the exact same kids from kindergarten, moving on seemed so daunting. I would be leaving my family, my home, work, church family, friends, teammates and the community I had been raised by. Only with God’s help was I able to be a straight A honor student, a varsity athlete in three sports, have a job and be involved in my church. I found security in the consistency and the routine I had found in Grove, Oklahoma.

Change is scary. I can still remember lying awake at night in bed just worrying about if I would even get into the colleges that I applied to attend. My brain would not stop cranking out “what if” scenarios about each respective school. If I went to OU, I would be able to live with some friends from Girl’s State and I would be able to start working to get into their dental program. If I attended the University of Arkansas I would be at a school much closer to home and I could live with a friend from high school. If I went to OBU I would be going by myself.

Finances were a large part of my decision. When I am in any situation I take it to the Lord in prayer. I asked for clarity, peace and for the wisdom to make the decision about where I would spend the next four years furthering my education. A few weeks later when the letters all came back, OBU was financially the best deal and fit for me. I felt like OBU was where the Lord was calling me, so a few weeks later I visited campus to enroll.

There is not a day that I look back and ever regret the decision to attend Oklahoma Baptist University. At first it was a big change, but it was a change and a new chapter that I began to love more and more each passing day. Change is not something that needs to be feared, but something to be embraced.

Finding friends was one of the first challenges that I faced. I had been so focused on doing well in my classes, I had not reached out to try and make that many friends besides the girls who lived on my hall. In the spring semester of my freshman year I decided to go through the Rush process, and I received a bid from the club Theta Sigma Chi. In this club of women I found upperclassmen who wanted to invest in me spiritually, new friends from my class I had never spoken to before and an escape from my school work. Theta meetings and events were a time for me to step away from the homework and to fellowship with other women who loved the Lord. Through the club I was able to participate in community service, get more involved in the social aspects of college life and make friendships that will last me a lifetime.

With each passing semester there were new and different challenges to face. I quickly came to the realization that I was no longer one of the smartest people on campus. In high school I worked hard, but college is a whole other monster completely. In high school I rarely ever had to study for tests, but in college I would have to learn how to properly study to succeed. There were countless hours and late nights spent preparing for exams that would make or break my grades. It was my sophomore year at OBU where I realized perfection wasn’t attainable, and I became very thankful that I passed most of my classes.

Sometimes you learn more in times of failure. There was a time in my college career where I was stretching myself way too thin. My sophomore year I was playing varsity soccer for OBU, was a science major, played intramurals, I was in a relationship and I was becoming more involved on campus. My days started early and I easily kept going until midnight every night. There was not enough time in the day for everything. My studies began to fall behind due to my attention being divided up so much. I was spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally unbalanced. This is when I began to question some of my decisions. I felt like I was working so hard, but I was not 100 percent.

As much as I loved being a varsity athlete and being a part of a team at OBU, I decided to quit the soccer team after one season. I left with no regrets. I had gotten injured during season, and the post-surgery headaches affected my performance on the field and in the classroom. The time commitment was just too much, and after I left the team my life began to balance back out.

 College is the time where you learn the most about yourself. It is where you can grow into your own and follow your path. Before OBU I had a grand master plan for my life, but thankfully God had other plans. It was at OBU where I met my fiancé who I will be able to spend the rest of my life with. It was in college where I realized that maybe science and dentistry was not the path for my life. After changing my major, I no longer dreaded going to class, but looked forward to learning new skills. There was actual real world application for the things I was learning and is such a fulfilling feeling.

I am not the same person as I was when I first walked onto campus at OBU. I have grown intellectually, spiritually and have become a stronger woman thanks to the people who have invested in me during my time here. These past four years I have received so much support, love and encouragement from friends, family and professors who genuinely wanted to see me succeed. Looking back I can see how important change has been to the path of my life, and I would not have it any other way.

In just a few short weeks I will be retracing the steps that I walked my freshman year during welcome week in 2013. On that Friday I will walk across the stage of Raley Chapel to shake hands with Dr. Whitlock, and I will officially be an OBU Alumni. The four year chapter of my life is nearing an end, and though my future may be uncertain, I welcome the change.


REVIEW – Netflix’s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”

By Morgan Knox, Contributing Writer

In January, Netflix released the eight-episode series based on the first four books of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series. The television adaptation begins by following the lives of the Baudelaire children after the loss of their parents in a fire. Like the books, the show is dark, mysterious, witty and imaginative as Violet, Clause and Sunny Baudelaire try to flee the nefarious Count Olaf played by Neil Patrick Harris in a world where adults do not heed the warnings of the children.

The show’s demographic includes teens, young adults and especially those who read the novels growing up. The show deals with many topics: death, depression, abandonment, murder and mysteries.

This series is enjoyable for people both familiar with and unfamiliar with the miserable and dark tale of the orphans; the tale is rife with twists, comedy that masks the tragedy, multiple story layers and mysteries that may confuse fans of the books.

In 2004 the first three novels were adapted into a movie starring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf. For those who had never read any of the books before watching, many enjoyed it for its uniqueness, humor, technicality, filming, costumes and casting.

Yet those who had read the books before seeing the 2004 film were greatly let down.

The books are much darker than what the film depicts, but the main issue with the televised version is the story line. It is as if whoever wrote the screenplay took a blender and threw in parts of the plot line from books one through three and then sprinkled in information from books four through nine. Fans of the books may have expected the film to begin with the plot in book one “The Bad Beginning,” transition to an almost happy ending in “The Reptile Room” and then end how the book “The Wide Window” should have ended. For some reason the writers decided to skip the ending from the first book, and move to conclusions from book two and three. The film has a rating of 6.8 stars out of 10 on IMBD.com, and a Metascore of 62 out of 100 based upon 37 critic reviews.

The Netflix original opens with credits telling the audience to “look away” but if you do you will miss a brilliantly written story, great acting and an intriguing plotline. The series has eight episodes that are divided into four different stories which matches with the first four books of the series. Splitting the stories between two episodes allows time for much more plot and character development that the 2004 movie did not have. There is a formula that is repeated: Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are placed in the custody of a guardian, and Count Olaf attempts a new scheme to trap the children from the current guardian. The guardians seem to fall for Olaf’s trap, but the children see right through his plans. The formula works quite well, and it adds to the melodrama, humor, as well as the continuous unfortunate events that come one right after another on which the show is centered.

Count Olaf is played by Neil Patrick Harris who accurately depicts the despicable character who claims to be a world renowned actor. Harris navigates the complex character that is overdramatic, careless, but also devious and cunning at the same time.

Just like in the books, Harris as Olaf transforms himself into a herpetologist assistant, a peg-legged sailor and even a female receptionist.

Olaf’s acting fools the adults around the Baudelaire’s, but the children never fail to see through his disguises.

The actors picked to play the Baudelaire orphans did a good job bringing the uniquely talented characters to life. Violet is played by Malina Weissman, Klaus by Louis Hynes and Sunny Baudelaire by Presley Smith.

Similar to that of the books, the children are the most intelligent characters in the show. Violet is a handy and skilled inventor, Klaus is an avid reader and learner when there are libraries nearby and Sunny is a three-year-old with sharp teeth that can cut through almost anything.

The adults in the series are very condescending to the children, and it adds to the hopelessness because people who could actually help the children do not listen to them.

Adults not listening also allows for the children to work together, use their knowledge and get out of their miserable situations involving Count Olaf. 

One of the most unique parts of the series is that of the role of Lemony Snicket. Lemony Snicket is played by Patrick Warburtion is the narrarator of the tale, and his character dedicates his life’s work to shedding light on the Baudelaire orphans’ story that happened “years ago.”

Similar to the Snicket of the books, he breaks the fourth wall by directly talking to the audience. At the very beginning of the first episode Snicket even warns the viewers that there is nothing happy about the story he is going to tell at all.

He often cuts into the dialogue of the characters to add emphasis to certain points, or to give a definition of a word like the Snicket of the novels.

WARNING: If you have not seen the new Netflix series yet, the section below contain spoilers from the first eight episodes.

Not all of the adults in the show are complete idiots; Mr. Poe’s secretary is one of the most pleasant surprises you’ll see through the entire season. She is a member of the secret society that the Baudelaire’s parents were a part of when they were younger.

She is tasked with helping to try and protect the children, give them information and she tried to catch Count Olaf. She pops up at least once or twice in the first six episodes. Another twist that was put in the series was short clips of two parents who were desperately trying to make it back to their children.

The writers made it seem like the Baudelaire’s parents were still alive, but they were actually the Quagmire triplet’s parents who also die in a fire soon after returning home to their children.

At the end of episode eight, it shows that the Baudelaire children and two of the Quagmire triplets will meet during season two at the boarding school they were sent to after their time at Lucky Smells Lumber mill.

Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” Netflix series currently has a five star rating on Netflix, over 1,100 reviews by viewers  and an 8.1 out of 10 from IMDb. I give the series five out of five stars.


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