Binge This! Weekly Pick: The Umbrella Academy (Steve Blackman, Jeremy Slater)


 

I figured that starting a new trend of posting about the shows I quickly go through on streaming services would be a good way of keeping myself busy in-between Horrorfests and other musings. This week’s pick is The Umbrella Academy, which I finally burned through in less than a week after letting it sit on my queue long after it was released. While my usual enjoyment of superhero fair caused this show to catch my attention, the very likable and easy to relate to characters gave me a reason to keep watching. The plot is rather Watchmen/The-X-Men meets The Royal Tenenbaums: a group of kids are all born on the same day, and were adopted by an eccentric rich man who enrolls them in his own private school. This man, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, is played by Colm Feore, and is reveled through flashbacks to be, in the words of his adapted son Diego, “A monster.”

Naturally as the show goes on things are way more complicated, of course, particularly since the fate of the world is at stake. The adapted kids have grown up: Luther is on the moon, Allison is an actress, Diego is a vigilante, Vanya is a concert violinist, Klaus has a terrible drug addiction and Ben (Justin H. Min), is well…watch and see. Back into their lives comes Number Five (Aidan Gallagher-no really, that’s his name) who disappeared years ago by traveling into the future by mistake. What I also liked about this show is how the flashbacks are handled-you get a decent amount of information, but only enough to keep you curious. Also the show has a good way of using musical cues, and there is a good deal of sly humor as well. Ellen Page is the main star, yet I rather liked the entire cast as a whole-particularly Tom Hopper as Luther and Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison. If I have one big complaint it is that the show focus a lot on them and Number Five, especially since Klaus (Robert Sheehan) is just as interesting, and the rest of the group feels a bit left behind at times. Particularly Diego (David Castañeda), who has a more serious, affectionate connection to their adopted mother than the others. Although Number Five’s issues and problems are rather connected to and even the cause of what happens later on, so…

Thankfully there is going to be a Season 2, although I cannot say more about how the season ends. I do want to know several things (spoilers), and the the final scene leaves many questions to be answered. I have not read the comic this show is based off of, however I might at some point. If you enjoy something oddball and at times really dark, this show is for you. If you prefer something that doesn’t feature a robot and a talking monkey helping a stern old man look after some kids who grew up with powers, then look for something else. Having watched enough shows over the years that is not even the weirdest plot elements I have encountered, but they certainly are favorable to my interests.

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  1. I thought this was solid. Didn’t quite blow me away but I enjoyed it. You should check out Doom Patrol if you can! Loved that show!

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