If you think Stede and Blackbeard are having relationship issues, wait until you meet Charles (Darby) and Sir (Don Johnson). Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s dark children’s book series is an underrated masterpiece, bringing each book to life across two episodes and featuring an epic roster of guest stars. In the first season, the kids end up working in a miserable factory that’s prone to more than a few OSHA violations and feeds its workers only chewing gum.
The mill is run by Sir, a gruff man who looks like something out of a Charles Dickens novel. His partner – which our narrator assures us is a double meaning word here – is Charles, a much sweeter, gentler guy, but one who doesn’t help the Baudelaire orphans. “You have to understand, he had a very terrible childhood,” he tells Klaus (Louis Hynes) while trying to excuse Sir’s bad behavior. “I understand,” the boy replies, “I have a very terrible childhood right now.” As with most “A Series of Unfortunate Events” storylines, this one ends up going to some weird places, with a hypnotized, omelet-cooking Charles stuck right in the middle of all the drama.