Don’t know how I feel about them kind of rehashing the same storyline from last year, but it was still pretty enjoyable.
Creator: Steve Blackman, Jeremy Slater
Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
Runtime: 60 Minutes Each
Genre: Action, Comedy
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Picking up almost immediately after the end of the first season, Five grabbed all of his siblings and travelled back in time to try and prevent the apocalypse. But over did it a little and got his entire family stranded in the 1960s. And worse then that, they arrived separately, and spread over the period of a few years, so they have had to take up lives there and hope for the best. When Five arrives, he sees that they have accidently brought the apocalypse with them and he has to once again reunite all of his siblings to make sure the world doesn’t end in a catastrophic Nuclear War.
So first of all, I don’t know how happy I am really that they decided to reuse the whole ‘End of the World’ plot again in the second season. Surely they could have come up with something different in order to get all the siblings re-united and fighting against a common enemy? I know the idea of doomsday puts a bit of a sense of urgency into the mix, but no-one in the writers room could come up with a different storyline?
Vanya, who at the end of last season couldn’t control her powers and ergo, caused the end of the world, seems to have had a huge emotional overhaul this season and magically gets herself under control in time to kind of save the day, earning the respect she always wanted from her siblings of course. It was great to see her character develop along with her relationships with her siblings, but it seemed far too easy and convenient.
The great humour is still here in spades though. Robert Sheehan again hits the right notes over and over again as the lovable but flawed Klaus and we get a much more in depth look at his character in this season along with his relationship with Ben. I still feel like Alison has kind of been left out of the spotlight. Her character had a kind of interesting storyline to do with the fight for Black Civil rights, but I don’t feel she has had the same level of character development as the rest of her siblings. Even Diego had an interesting side story going on here opposite Lila, a character I assume we are going to see return in a later season.
I liked the whole shadow organisation storyline surrounding Reginald Hargreeves himself, and the dinner party scene with the members of the academy was one of the best scenes in the whole season, but the whole reveal scene that they did, really cheapened the whole thing for me. I wish they wouldn’t have shown us as much as they did.
The ending scene in the mansion seems to imply that once again, they have messed up something in the timeline. Though maybe not apocalyptic in nature, I am intrigued to see where the story will go. But please just not another end of the world scenario, that would just be lazy writing.
I enjoyed the first season a lot more than this, but as a follow up it does a pretty good job and sets up some interesting scenarios if we are to get a season 3. ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is streaming on Netflix now.