by Rowan Wood
Time travel is a tricky business, that arrives, much like the heroes in the latest season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, with a whole host of questions: how do you avoid cliché time travel pitfalls? How can these characters grow and evolve, beyond their first-season selves? Most of all, how do you keep things original, and unique to the world you’ve created?
Thankfully, Netflix’s big-budget, ten-episode format is the perfect medium to tell the story that the show needed to tell. After the massive cliffhanger of the first season, the superpowered Hargreeves siblings are stranded at different points in the early 1960s, and must reunite to stop a world-ending apocalypse on November 25, 1963.
Where else on television will you see three silent Swedish assassins caring for a house full of cats, or a goldfish with a human body?
|The wacky misadventures of Klaus Hargreeves continue.|
One of the things that makes The Umbrella Academy amazing is the cast. This season, Robert Sheehan (portraying Klaus, who can talk to the dead), Aidan Gallagher (playing the time-traveling Five, stuck in the body of a thirteen-year-old) and Justin H. Min (in the heartbreaking role of Ben, the only deceased member of the Umbrella Academy who Klaus keeps around). The cast has grown along with the show, but I was very glad to see more screen time given to those who deserve it. Hopefully the inevitable third season continues the trend.
Once you get started on The Umbrella Academy, you won’t want to stop. The captivating second season only serves to accentuate that fact. It’s enormously different from its predecessor, but that’s the way it should be: every season should bring something new to the table, and explore new areas of the established world. I’m happy to say that The Umbrella Academy accomplishes that and more. [Grade: A+]
Showrunner: Jeremy Slater
Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher
Rated: TV-14 (violence, language)
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