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An introduction to The Umbrella Academy

Where I tell you about the Umbrella Academy and whatnot.

Ricardo Rico

For you guys living under a rock, The Umbrella Academy started as a comic written by Gerard Way, the singer of My Chemical Romance, and has been adapted to a series produced by Netflix that launched its second season last week. The setting is an alternate Earth where the technology developed by an eccentric millionaire, Reginald Hargreeves, has made outstanding advances for the world. In October 1st, 1989, 43 women gave birth to 43 babies at the same time with none of them having shown any signs of pregnancy before that point, each of these babies showed a glimpse of having special powers. Reginald goes on a buying hunt for these babies and convinces 7 of the mothers to sell their babies to him. He adopts them and attempts to form a team of super-powered humans called The Umbrella Academy to try and stop the apocalypse coming in 2019.

Number One/Luther/Spaceboy, who has super strength

Number Two/Diego/The Kraken, who can change the trajectory of flying objects
Number Three/Allison/The Rumor, who can make people do whatever she wants

Number Four/Klaus/The Seance, who can interact with the souls of the dead
Numbre Five/Five/The Boy, who can manipulate time
Number Six/Ben/The Horror, now deceased

Number Seven/Vanya/The White Violin, who displays no super power

The Netflix series diverts greatly from the comic, but it has its charms and while the setting is a bit all over the place, the characters are what make the series so compelling to me, even if they are all retards.

During season one, we see how the 2019 apocalypse was unavoidable and caused by the same group of individuals that was supposed to prevent it. As they are about to die from the moon collapsing over Earth, Number Five tries to save his family by time traveling to the past to have more time to prevent the apocalypse all over again. Instead of transporting them all together, he strands them at different points in time in Dallas during the 1960’s culminating with Five arriving on November 25th, 1963, several days after the JFK assassination, to encounter his siblings fighting alongside the US army against soviet troops. The scene ends with a nuclear explosion killing everyone but Five, as he time travels back 10 days to try and prevent this new apocalypse that chased the family to the past.

If you’ve watched the first season, you’ll find that the character development of the characters is still there, and they’re still this weird band of misfits who want to do good but just can’t find a meaningful way to do it. Each of them finds a way to deal with their feelings of abandonment after being stranded in a time period where they feel out of place. Watching them reunite is cute, but a bit forced for my liking. However, I liked it more than season one although not by much. The action scenes are better choreographed, and the characters are still charming but an over-usage of songs to compel emotions ruins some of the scenes for me. I must point out that the cliffhanger for season three is interesting, and it will have my attention once it is confirmed, if it has not been already.

More than a review of the season, this ended up being more of a primer on the series which is not bad. The series deserves a chance. Besides, I just like time travel stories and felt the need to share this with you guys. I wish you all a fantastic day and keep staying safe.

Have you read or watched The Umbrella Academy? Who is your favorite character? ❤ Please share a slice of your opinion in the comment section below! The Cake is always thrilled to read about your thoughts!

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Featured image taken from Sopitas.

Character images taken from Umbrella Academy wiki

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