If you are a fan of the comic-book genre or love family dramas or are into mystery thrillers, then have we got the show for you. Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy recently debuted with its first season, and it is a ton of wild and whimsical fun. The show is boasting an 8.4/10 on IMDB and a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. So if you haven’t checked in with this strange family, then the following are why you need to check them out immediately.
Origins of The Umbrella Academy
The Dark Horse comic was written by My Chemical Romance’s front-man
Gerard Way, and is crazy and compelling. The show takes on the whimsical nature of the comic and supplies the audience with several scenes sprinkled through that are visually wacky, with swirling colors and visuals. Rather than being another formulaic superhero series, The Umbrella Academy infuses the show with lots of fun and interesting characters and plot points.
The origin story itself of the Umbrella Academy is also strange in its own way. On a day in 1989, 43 infants are born, but their mothers were not even pregnant until the day of the birth. Eccentric, billionaire, industrialist, Reginald Hargreaves travels the world to adopt 7 of those children. Once the children exhibit super-powers Hargreaves then trains the children, in a rather harsh way, as a team to save the world.
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While the show only has a few cut-scenes to what it was like for the children to grow up this way, the several that the show has are incredibly compelling and further build each of the characters. This show focuses on the estranged children coming back together after being separated for 13 years when their “father” passes away, and from there utter chaos ensues.
Each of the seven Hargreaves children have their moments throughout the show, and we are sure that you will come to love each and every one in for their own quirks. The great thing about this show is that while six of the seven have super-powers, they each are incredibly human and dealing with their own demons. The show plays with the insane reality of what it would be like to live with these incredible powers, and how each of the children’s powers affect their very real lives.
Luther (Number One), played by Tom Hopper, is a strong man, a very strong man, who opens up the show by living on the moon at the instructions of his father as a mission to save the world. Luther has to deal with the fact that he was the only one of the seven to have stayed with his father to continue to try to be the superhero leader that he has been groomed to be.
Diego (Number Two), played by David Castañeda, is a master with knives. Growing up with a stutter, Diego had to deal with his speech impediment while also trying to protect his siblings. Since leaving the Umbrella Academy, Diego has taken it upon himself to continue to be a hero, a vigilante, going it solo. Diego also has an interesting side-story going on with his ex, Detective Batch, who disapproves of Diego’s methods.
Allison (Number Three), played by Emmy Raver-Lampman, has the ability to influence those around her with her voice by prefacing it with “I heard a rumor…”. Since leaving the Umbrella Academy she has gained fame through an accomplished acting career, but her personal life has taken a hit as she has been separated from her husband and daughter.
Klaus (Number Four), played by Robert Sheehan, has the power to conjure and speak to the dead. As a kid, this led to Klaus despising his power as he sees the dead how they died, with mortal wounds and all. As a way to distance himself from his power, Klaus finds solace in drugs and alcohol as a way to numb himself. Klaus is a very eccentric character, who the rest of the Academy feels that they cannot rely on or that Klaus cannot be taken serious.
Number Five, played by Aidan Gallagher, is a man out of time. With the ability to transport himself across distances and time, Five has been lost to the Academy when seventeen years ago he jumped forward in time, unable to return home to his siblings. Only to return to his siblings with foreboding news that the apocalypse is nigh.
Ben (Number Six), played by Justin H. Min, has the ability to project deadly tentacles from his chest. While Ben died at a tragically young age during one of the Umbrella Academy’s missions, he hangs around as the only dead person that Klaus can see. Serving as Klaus’ conscience and witnessing his destructive behavior.
Vanya (Number Seven), played by Ellen Page, is the only one of the seven that does not have any super powers. She grew up alongside the rest of the Umbrella Academy as an outsider, who was not allowed to join in with everyone else’s training. Vanya takes up the violin as a way to cope with her role. Her interactions with the others is incredibly intriguing, as she is the most normal of the siblings, but because of it, feels almost like a stranger among her siblings.
The basic premise of the show is that the siblings come back together when their father dies. Starting out with all the family drama one would expect from these estranged siblings with all their personal problems would have. The show kicks it into high-gear when the siblings are alerted by Number Five that the world is going to end in a catastrophic way in the next few days. Add in being pursued by a kind of time-line enforcing bureau, hijinks and action ensue, and the audience is taken on one incredibly wacky and whimsical ride for this must-see series.
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