SCREENCRUNCH: The heroes we don’t need but we love to watch anyway
*SPOILER FREE. ISH.*
We first wanted to give seven reasons to love season 2, but that would be lame. So we decided to do this in a more organized fashion, in the most Umbrella way possible. This is a straight-up review of season two of The Umbrella Academy.
For a quick recap of season one, just click on this story.
Season two starts where the first season ended, with the Umbrella’s team of seven (six living, one deceased) superhumans traveling back in time to escape the apocalypse in 2019. The story unfolds in Dallas, Texas, with each of the Hargreeves siblings “landing” separately over a three-year period in the same alley in the city. Oh and they all meet in November 1963, in the middle of everything that comes with being in Dallas in the ‘60s.
Luther (or Number One, played by Tom Hopper) ends up working for a shady boss, Diego (Number Two, played by David Castañeda) is in an asylum, Allison (Number Three, played by Emmy Raver-Lampman) gets married to a Black Rights activist, Klaus (Number Four, played by Robert Sheehan) unwittingly starts a hippie-peacenicky cult, Five (played by Aidan Gallagher) is out trying to convince his siblings that they triggered yet another apocalypse but this time in 1963, Ben (Number Six, played by Justin H. Min) tags along with wherever Kalus is, and Vanya (Number Seven, played by Ellen Page) lives on a farm.
They all get-together eventually to try and stop the world from ending in 10 days.
What we love about it
In true Umbrella Academy fashion, nothing starts right in the lives of the seven Hargreeves siblings. But that’s where the fun begins. There is a lot to love about this season, much more than the first, in fact. Here are some of the reasons why we love it.
Time traveling tunes. The soundtrack for The Umbrella Academy season two is just amazing. Nearly all of the scenes are accompanied by some super appropriate vibe that helps the moment come alive—from Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” to The Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody,” from a Swedish cover of Adele’s “Hello” by My Kullsvik to a sequence reminiscent of the “Dancing in the Moonlight” moment in season one.
Pure, unadulterated, wholesome violence. Much like many of the non-DC or non-Marvel comic book superhero flicks that have recently been turned into TV series, there is a great deal of violence, er, we mean action, in this season. Oh and powers, lots and lots of superpowers.
Seven stages in paradox psychosis. Or seven super complicated persons. If you watched season one, then you know what we mean. Well, you probably don’t know what the paradox psychosis is, so go ahead and check season two for that.
There’s more of Ben. Yes, there is more of Ben. After all, who wouldn’t want more screen time for a dead superhero who can summon “eldritch” creatures from his belly?
What we don’t love so much about it
Although The Umbrella Academy’s season two is an enjoyable watch overall, there are some things that we didn’t quite like about it. But don’t worry, there is still a lot more to love than to hate.
Tries to be too relevant. The story is in Dallas, Texas, in the ‘60s, so there really isn’t a need to hype the issues that plagued society then (and still do today). We feel that season two put a bit much attention on these, which could’ve been done better to ease it into the overall story or the characters of the show. Each of them, after all, is already fighting for certain real-life causes. Not everything has to be a statement, you know. Sometimes it’s okay to just be fun.
Too much of Five. Ugh, no need to explain this. Five seemed like the main hero this season but that can’t be helped given the whole time traveling business.
Diego is annoying in this one. While every member of the Hargreeves family—including Sir Reginald (or their dad, played by Colm Feore) who is back in this season (surprise!)—is complicatedly complex, each with their own issues, Diego seems to be the most irritatingly convoluted character this season.
Despite the good and the not-so-good elements of this season, it does have its moments that will turn your heart all mush mush. After all, The Umbrella Academy is ultimately a family drama. Er, a dysfunctional family drama. Or a dysfunctional drama family. Whichever works.
So over all, we give season two of The Umbrella Academy a 4 out of 5. And we can’t wait for season three.
Adapted by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater from the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy starts streaming on Netflix on July 31.