|Adapted from:||The End|
|Main character(s):||Violet, Klaus, Sunny|
|Main enemy:||Count Olaf|
|Olaf's disguise:||Kit Snicket|
|Main setting:||The Island|
|Writer:||Daniel Handler, Joe Tracz|
|Producer:||Neil Patrick Harris|
|Release date:||January 1, 2019|
|A Series of Unfortunate Events|
|"The Penultimate Peril: Part Two"|
The final chapter takes the orphans to a deserted island: a place of lost lives, old stories and new beginnings. It all ends here.
- For Beatrice –
- I cherished, you perished,
- the world's been nightmarished.
The story begins with the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, and Count Olaf trapped on a boat heading away from the Hotel Denouement and to the sea. The Baudelaires are forced to listen to Count Olaf brag about how he has triumphed, how successful he is, and how rich he will be with his hands almost on the Baudelaire Fortune.
After a storm, the Baudelaires are welcomed on an The Island by a girl named Friday Caliban, while Count Olaf is shunned. The island facilitator, Ishmael, introduces the Baudelaires to the islanders and their customs and cages Olaf.
Later, the Baudelaires realize Ishmael called them the Baudelaire "orphans" during dinner, when they never told him their parents died. They go to Olaf, giving him ceviche (fish) for dinner so he does not starve, and ask him if he knows anything. Olaf says he will only tell them if the Baudelaires let them out, but the Baudelaires do the sensible thing and leave him.
The Baudelaires try to find Ishmael, but find his clay boots with footprints leading to the other side of the island, where they discover the arboretum, a junkyard of various so-called "dangerous" objects by Ishmael. In a tree which doubles as a small house in its hollow trunk, they discover a book with Ishmael's writing, as well as their mother's. Ishmael appears and tells them their parents once lived on the Island, he used to be the principal of Prufrock Preparatory School, and he founded V.F.D. to make the world a quieter, safer place. However, when the schism broke out, he left to live in solitude on a peaceful island away from mainstream society. He offers the Baudelaires coconut cordial before leaving.
On Decision Day, a day where anyone who wants to leave the island can do so, the Baudelaires try to leave. Ishmael offers them the cordial again, but the Baudelaires reveal it's an opiate to make the islanders be easily controlled.
At that point, two Kit Snickets appear. One Kit is Olaf in a rather pathetic disguise, the other is the real Kit, unconscious on a raft shipwrecked on a coastal shelf. Everyone sees through Olaf's disguise. While the Baudelaires run over to the real Kit, Olaf and Ishmael argue. Olaf reveals Ishmael's lessons that books, poetry and learning would keep him safe did not work. Olaf reveals he escaped the cage by picking the lock with a fish bone. Ishmael threatens to lock Olaf again, but Olaf threatens to poison the colony with the Medusoid Mycelium in retaliation. Ishmael shoots a harpoon gun at Olaf's belly, which is actually the Mycelium in a helmet.
Meanwhile, Kit regains consciousness, wondering where the Medusoid Mycelium is. The Baudelaires realize it's how Olaf faked his pregnancy. The Baudelaires run back to Olaf, but it's too late, as Ishmael already fired the harpoon, poisoning the colony. The Baudelaires inform everyone that horseradish is the only known cure. Ishmael and the islanders flee using their Decision Day outrigger to go to a horseradish factory not too far away, leaving the Baudelaires and Olaf behind (Ishmael does not want to take the Baudelaires for causing their recent troubles) with Kit.
The Baudelaires ask Kit what's in the Sugar Bowl, and she reveals it's a V.F.D.-developed sugar hybrid which can act as both cure and immunizer to the poisonous fungus. They also inform her that Dewey is dead. The Baudelaires run to the arboretum in hopes of finding a cure, but find nothing. They almost die, but the Incredibly Deadly Viper appears and saves them with an apple which contains the same sugar complex in it.
The Baudelaires run to Kit and offer an apple to her, but she refuses to take it because it could harm her baby. The tide begins to rise and they realize they need to bring Kit to the shore so she doesn't wash away. Because the Baudelaires are too weak from the poison, they seek extra help from Olaf. They offer him an apple, but he refuses, preferring to die because he lost too much to go on. In their conversation, the Baudelaires accuse him of killing their parents, but he only replies, "Is that what you think?" As Kit moans in pain, the orphans tell Olaf that Kit is in danger and might die. Olaf suddenly takes a bite of the apple and carries Kit to safety on the beach. Olaf kisses Kit and recites poetry before he dies from his wound, while Kit goes into labor.
The Baudelaires help Kit deliver her baby which turns out to be a girl. While resting at night, Kit decides to name the baby after the mother of the Baudelaires, Beatrice. Kit also says that she is too infected for the apple to work. Lamenting that her baby would be an orphan, she hands her baby to the Baudelaires, asking them to protect the child. The Baudelaires bury Kit and Olaf, and begin to read the book their parents wrote in, titled "An Incomplete History".
- For Beatrice –
- We are like boats passing in the night-
- Particularly you.
The series ends with a short epilogue called "Chapter Fourteen" in which, one year after the events of "The End", Kit's baby and the Baudelaires sail away from the island on the boat they arrived in. They realize it was originally called The Beatrice. They sail away in an attempt to return back home, although it is unclear if they make it.
Unlike the book, this Chapter Fourteen shows the fates of Count Olaf's original troupe, Fernald and Fiona, the Quagmire triplets, the people on the island who sailed away, various other characters, and Beatrice II. The epilouge includes a scene in which Lemony Snicket is invited to a diner by a 10-year old Beatrice II. When he arrives, Beatrice begins to tell him a story about the journey in the boat from the Island, including "the part about Finnish pirates."
- Count Olaf - Neil Patrick Harris
- Lemony Snicket - Patrick Warburton
- Violet Baudelaire - Malina Weissman
- Klaus Baudelaire - Louis Hynes
- Sunny Baudelaire - Presley Smith
- Kit Snicket - Allison Williams
- Ishmael - Peter MacNicol
- Beatrice Baudelaire - Morena Baccarin
- Hook-Handed Man - Usman Ally
- Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender - Matty Cardarople
- Beatrice Baudelaire II - Angelina Capozzoli
- Trolleyman - Darcey Johnson
- Friday Caliban - Nakai Takawira
- Alonso - Simon Chin
- Colonist - Amanda Burke
- Another Colonist - Jason Burkart
- Miranda Caliban - Angela Moore
- Bertrand Baudelaire - Matthew James Dowden
- Isadora Quagmire - Avi Lake
- Fiona - Kassius Nelson
- Bald Man - John DeSantis
- White-Faced Woman #1 - Jacqueline Robbins
- White-Faced Woman #2 - Joyce Robbins
- Unknown as Captain Widdershins (voice)
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- In a wide shot, it's seen that The Island is shaped like the tattoos on the volunteer's ankles, as is the city in which the Baudelaires lived.
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Deviations from the novel
- Lemony compares the despair of being on the run instead of finding a tack in the root beer float. This also happens much earlier.
- Violet and Klaus are still rowing when Count Olaf makes all his dubious claims instead of just drifting because they are exhausted. They are also using regular oars and not giant spatulas. Sunny tries to give Olaf some nuts to eat instead of mashing up some beans. The older siblings actually moved to try and push Olaf out the boat.
- The boat was called the Carmelita II, instead of just simply Carmelita. Olaf is writing the name of the boat on the nameplate instead of simply tearing off an old one.
- Most of the things that were said in the book before the storm struck are omitted.
- The landing on The Island:
- The Baudelaires' tattered clothes are not their concierge outfits because they changed in the previous episode.
- Klaus is about to touch Olaf to see if he is alive instead of Sunny asking if he kicked the bucket ("Kikbucit?") before he wakes up. He does not ask about his figurehead and actually sees the espresso machine. Friday arrives right after that, instead of them walking for a while before they see her. Olaf is not yet in possession of the harpoon gun.
- Olaf is allowed to follow them to the island instead of being left behind.
- Meeting Ishmael:
- A statue was not one of the things found in the book.
- Olaf threatens Ishmael with the harpoon gun (that he took from someone) immediately (in the book Olaf is not present at all), leading to him being locked up way earlier than usual (and gagged), as he trips over Sunny's foot trying to get away.
- In the books, Ishmael tells the other castaways on the island that his feet are injured, and keeps them covered in clay to promote this idea as it supposedly has healing powers, but he is lying so that he does not have to do much work on the island. In the TV series, he wears boots made of clay and walks around the islanders sometimes, although he apparently has his own sleigh, implying he has told them that he is partially disabled in this version.
- He tells the Baudelaires about Decision Day (which is tomorrow and not a few days off) instead of Friday.
- More on the Island:
- In addition to not having spices, the islanders do not have citrus fruit or even use fire. In the book, they used a fire for their evening meal.
- Mrs. Caliban mentions that she was on a cruise but nothing about how her husband disappeared/died. Friday is the one who says that her dad was devoured by a manatee.
- Violet, Klaus and Sunny actually spit out their drinks instead of choking them down.
- Ish actually mentions that Count Olaf will drown because of where they have put the cage.
- They don't question why Ish knows there is a storm coming. They were also never abandoned either.
- Ish only warns Violet about rocking the boat instead of all three of them because Klaus and Sunny did not suggest anything. The latter now believes he is trouble because of it, earlier than in the book, when they only realized it after he ate a horseradish apple.
- In the books, Kit Snicket (as well as the Incredibly Deadly Viper) would have arrived by now, but in the TV series, she arrives the next day. In the books, Ishmael and the islanders abandon the Baudelaires on the coastal shelf.
- Subsequently, in the books, some of the islanders decide to create a mutiny against Ishmael, but the TV series portrays them as being fine with Ishmael leading them.
- When visiting Olaf's cage (as they have not been abandoned yet like they are in the book), they bring him ceviche. Olaf says "Of course I'm going to die!" instead of "Of course I'm trying to trick you!"
- Instead of going to the arboretum by Finn and Erewhon's request of weapons (for the mutiny in the books), the Baudelaires follow wet footprints that he left out of his boots and realize for themselves that he's sneaking off instead of Olaf telling them.
- The Incredibly Deadly Viper is not present in the arboretum at the time.
- The entry in the commonplace book is different:
- The "shadowy figure" from the passage is Olaf instead of Kit. He doesn't write an annotation to him.
- The Baudelaires have not been abandoned yet for rocking the boat, but the verse he writes about them in the show is something he said to them in the book. The annotation is written about them.
- It's page 252 instead of page 667.
- When Ishmael catches them, he reveals he was the principal of Prufrock Prep a long time ago. It's possible that in the book, he may have just taught there instead. Ishmael is the one who started V.F.D. (In the show). The story he tells is not the same as the one in the book until it mentions the Baudelaire parents, who apparently left on their own instead of being driven out. He doesn't force the Baudelaires to come with him, either.
- At this point, Ishmael talks about a ring and gives it to Violet. Later on, Violet gives this ring to Beatrice. Everything about this ring is omitted.
- Friday finds Kit instead of the Baudelaires. Olaf also claims that he found the Mycelium instead of them. Ishmael doesn't want to give the Baudelaires up.
- In the books, the mutineers let Olaf out of the cage. In the TV series, he uses a fish bone to pick the lock the Baudelaires had given him last night.
- When Ishmael and the Baudelaires come back, the argument at breakfast with the other islanders doesn't happen.
- The contents of the sugar bowl are revealed by Kit: an immunizing hybrid of the Mycelium in sugar cubes.
- In the book, the Baudelaires, while with Kit, cry because they finally accept their parents are dead: "They cried for the world, and most of all, of course, the Baudelaire orphans cried for their parents, who they knew, finally, they would never see again." This does not happen in the TV series.
- When they go back to find spices for their throats, the Viper spies on them through a tree. They don't realize that it's here and Klaus thinks he's hallucinating. Since the islanders already left, they don't have a stockpot to offer them.
- Olaf has to carry Kit across the water instead of across the sand. He recites half the verse that Kit does in the book and she finishes it. They both recite the one that Olaf says in the book.
- In the book, Lemony mentions that "Into the world came a baby girl, just as, I'm very, very sorry to say, her mother, and my sister, slipped away from the world after a long night of suffering" and Kit's final moments with the Baudelaires are not described. In the TV series, we see Kit's final interactions with the Baudelaires.
- Chapter 14's differences:
- The book that Beatrice and Bertrand left behind is called "An Incomplete History" instead of "A Series of Unfortunate Events".
- The line about leaving the island that Beatrice wrote spells out Bertrand's name instead of simply calling him "B".
- Violet recalls meeting Lemony is the show, in the book they did not meet him.
- They actually celebrate baby Beatrice's birthday.
- Klaus asks, “If we leave, what will we find?” instead of Sunny. Violet says, “We can’t shelter her forever” instead of Klaus.
- There is no tape on the nameplate, it's easy to pull off. Beatrice does not say her name.
- In the books, the fates of Count Olaf's living associates, the Quagmire triplets, Fernald, Fiona and Captain Widdershins were left ambiguous, presumably died in the Hotel Denouement Fire or devoured by The Great Unknown. Here, their fates are shown:
- The Viper's fate in the book was unknown too, as were the islanders. Here, it's shown that it clearly swam out to the outrigger to give the islanders an apple.
- Lemony meets his niece.
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Behind the scenes
- The episode incorporates elements from The Beatrice Letters, with Beatrice Snicket looking for her uncle Lemony in the present of the books.
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