Series Review: The Umbrella Academy Season 1 (2019) A Review

In a time where superhero stories are a dime a dozen, The Umbrella Academy takes your expectations and puts them on their head.  These are not your average superheroes.

Certificate: 15

Creator: Steve Blackman, Jeremy Slater

Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda

Episodes: 10

Runtime: 60 Minutes Each

Genre: Action, Comedy

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

On the same day in October 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured, and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya, and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse – From IMDB

After seeing the trailer for Season Two about a gazillion times, and taking into consideration my love for all things superheroes, I thought it was well past time that I got on with The Umbrella Academy.  And I am super glad that I did, I had a blast with this.

Once you get past the initial episodes, and all the backstory and introductions are over with, and the story really starts going, it is nonstop action right through until the final moments of the season.  And boy what a story it is.  While we are mostly focussed on Five and his mission to stop the apocalypse happening, we also have several smaller stories going on in the background.  Vanya has one of the most interesting stories, and goes from being very much in the background, to being very important towards the end.  And while it did wonders for her character, who I hated at the beginning of the show, I had an inkling of what was going to happen almost immediately, so I maybe wasn’t as shocked by the whole plot twist thing as I was meant to be. 

But my favourite character by far is Klaus.  And I feel like that could be true for a lot of people. He is used a lot as comic relief throughout the series, then about half way through, something happens to him that goes a long way to causing some serious and impressive character development.  It was also incredibly sad.  But I do think it was a great direction to take the character before his antics became stale.

I feel like some of the siblings, Allison and Diego for example, didn’t really get as much story as the others, so I am hoping that we explore them more in the upcoming series, because I think Allison could have a really interesting story and we really know very little about Diego at all, so there is still a lot to learn about the characters.  I am concerned that the second season is going to just be more of the same as they are once again trying to stop an apocalypse, just in a different timeline.  Hopefully they can bring something more to the table.

I would highly recommend you check this out in time to watch season two when it debuts on the 31st of July, especially if you are a superhero fan like me.

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