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Review: The Umbrella Academy

Review Umbrella Academy

Serie: The Umbrella Academy
Aired: 2019 –
Seasons: 1
Creator: Jeremy Slater
Stars: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda and more

IMDB Score: 8.4 / 10
My rating: 8 / 10

The Umbrella Academy is a new Netflix series about superheroes and I have to say. It is different.

The Umbrella Academy

Something weird happened on October 1st 1989. 43 woman gave birth, even though they were not even pregnant. Billionaire Reginald Hargreeves adopts 7 of these children.

He gives them a number instead of a name. So they are known as Number One up to Number Seven.

He started the Umbrella Academy with six of them. He excluded Number Seven. Vanya always felt excluded.

When they grew up, they went their own way. Number One, Luther, became an astronaut. Number Two, Diego, became a vigilante with a love for trouble.
Number Three, Allison, became a famous actress. Number Four, Klaus, became a drug addict and party guy.
Number Five disappeared when he was 13 and returned after living in the future.
Number Six, Ben, died and is a ghost friend of Klaus.
Number Seven, Vanya, became a violist.

They haven’t seen each other until their dad, Reginald, dies. They all return to the house and struggle to work together and be nice to each other.

When Number Five returns from the future, he needs the Umbrella Academy to work together and save the world. He lived in the post-apocalypse, but was finally able to return. He is a 58 year old man in a body from a 13 year old boy.

The Umbrella Academy gets followed by some lunatics with animal masks. Eventually you find out they are agents Cha-Cha and Hazel. Two old and future colleagues of Number Five.

Vanya starts dating one of her violin students and finally feels appreciated. He takes her out and she finally discovers that she has powers too.

After a lot of failed tries of saving the world, they discover the reason and know who to eliminate.

The Characters

  • Number One / Luthor: Luthor spent the last four years on the moon doing research. He likes Allison, but they were never allowed to date. He is ashamed of what happened to him and tries to help everyone.
  • Number Two / Diego: Diego helps or just gives more problems to his friend Eudora, who is the detective. They used to have a romantic relationship.
  • Number Three / Allison: The most sympathetic of the group. She misses her family and struggles with a lot of personal problems. She tries to reconnect with Vanya.
  • Number Four / Klaus: The crazy one. He is always on drugs but tries to stop. He speaks with their dead brother Ben. He is smarter then you think, but does not use his brain.
  • Number Five: Stuck in the body from when he was 13. He knows what is about to happen and does everything to stop it. He uses his power a lot to make this happen.
  • Number Seven / Vanya: Vanya is a violist on the third chair. After the help of her new boyfriend, she finally made the first chair. She always believed that she did not have any powers and was just ordinary. Until she gets really mad.
  • Cha-Cha: One of the agents from the future. Sent back to eliminate Number Five. She works together with Hazel.
  • Hazel: The partner from Cha-Cha. He falls in love with a waitress at a donut shop. After a while, he questions the mission and wonders if they should continue.
  • Leonard Peabody: The new boyfriend from Vanya. He makes her feel safe and appreciated and most importantly, believes in her. He also is the reason Vanya discovers her power.

My Recommendation

I started watching the Umbrella Academy after all the recommendations and memes I saw online. When I saw the trailer on Netflix, I was not that interested.

But, I actually finished the series in one day, because I could not press pause. It was so good!

The first episode is a bit slow, but it offers a lot of information that you need to know. From the second episode on, the story started to impress me more and made me keep watching.

It is not your standard superhero show. You can not compare this to Spiderman, Batman and Superman.

This is more a show that is comparable with Jessica Jones and Daredevil.

The dialogues, story and filming is really good and this is part of why I like this show.

My favorite character is definitely Klaus. He is much smarter than he thinks it is and tries to become sober so he can help. Klaus discovers some really important information that the Umbrella Academy needs to save the world.

My favorite scene is the dance scene. If you have seen the show, you know why. The way they filmed it, is just awesome and I like the number. It also shows that the Umbrella Academy has a bond together even though they do not always show it.

What is your favorite superhero show this moment?

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