Is The Umbrella Academy Binge Worthy?

2020-08-02 | 5 min read

Is "The Umbrella Academy" Binge Worthy?

The Umbrella Academy is an American superhero web television series based on the comic book series of the same name published by Dark Horse Comics. Created for Netflix by Steve Blackman and developed by Jeremy Slater, it revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father's death and the threat of an impending apocalypse.

Season 2 was released on Netflix on the 31st July 2020. 

The cast Ellen Page (Vanya), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Aidan Gallagher (Five), and Justin Min (Ben), portray the dysfunctional siblings.

The premise: on October 1, 1989, 43 women around the world give birth simultaneously, despite none of them showing any sign of pregnancy until labor began. Seven of the children are adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and turned into a superhero team in what he calls "The Umbrella Academy". Hargreeves gives the children numbers rather than names, but they eventually are named by their nanny robot-mother, Grace, as: Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Number Five (his only name), Ben, and Vanya.[1] While putting six of his children to work fighting crime, Reginald keeps Vanya apart from her siblings' activities, as she supposedly demonstrates no powers of her own.

Is "The Umbrella Academy" Binge Worthy? Definitely. 

The stories are funny and action packed. The characters are quirky. The time travel makes my head spin and I love the references to actual historic events (in season 2). The cliff-hanger was not as dramatic as the cliff-hanger at the end of Season 1. 

My only gripe, is the last episode. I feel they were trying to rush the completion of the story arc for season 2. This might have been due to Covid-19. They made a new character Lila Pitts (Rita Arya) too powerful and too quickly (in just one episode) without much of an explanation. And Vanya was able to share her power with a little boy. This really did not add to the story, except to bring them all together for one last climatic fight.

"The Umbrella Academy" is currently streaming on Netflix.

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