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Netflix’s hit show, The Umbrella Academy, is back for another season, and just like the first, the group has yet another apocalypse to deal with.
The show, which is based on the comic book series from My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba, may be using similar themes but it does not feel like a re-do of the first, which can be the case with other shows.
We pick up right where we left off with the group being transported to the past by Five (Aidan Gallagher) to avoid being killed by the moon. There is one problem though, none of them are transported to the same day and rather are dropped into the same spot, but different times between 1960 and 1963. We quickly find out that something with them all being in the past has shifted the timeline and created nuclear war. Five has only one week to set everything right before yet another doomsday happens and kills everyone.
Season 2 gives us a new look at these characters and helps round them out in a way that season 1 wasn’t able to. Being in the past but having the knowledge of the future helps thrust these characters forward into leading their own lives instead of being held under the enormous shadow of their father, although that still plays a part.
Klaus (Robert Sheehan) finds new purpose by creating the hippie movement a few years early and creating a cult that follows him as a prophet. He uses pop songs such as TLC’s “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” to give purpose and enlightenment to his followers. We get an entirely different side to Klaus this season, since in the first he is drunk a majority of the time. We also get a better look at Ben (Justin H. Min) this season who has many conflicts not only with Klaus but also his own existence, or lack thereof.
Luther (Tom Hooper) goes from being Number 1 and the hero to not caring about much of anything working for the mob and doing underground boxing fights for extra cash.
Diego (David Castaneda) through his hero complex got himself thrown in an insane asylum while trying to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing Kennedy.
Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) finds herself in the middle of the segregated and racist Texas, which she finds out right off the bat by walking into a “Whites Only” diner. The show does a good job of addressing some of what Allison would be going through at that time because of her skin while also using it to bring up the issues we’re still facing in our current time.
Vanya (Ellen Page) is immediately hit by a car and can’t remember anything from what happened before arriving, aside from her name. Unlike the first season we get to see Vanya happy in her new position living on a farm nannying for the woman who hit her, as well as excited to find out that she has brothers and a sister.
Five, the main voice of reason, rounds them out trying desperately to gather them all and stop the end of the world, again.
The show is definitely strongest when the characters are together. The “siblings” interacting with one another holds the show together and seeing them push the boundaries with each other in this new setting gives the show the heart and relatability it needs to keep the audience interested.
For fans of season 1 there are quite a few call backs and we get to see the crew deal with the emotions of the previous season. However there are certain things from the first season they choose not to address but instead skip over.
Along with racism, this season also brings up the topics of mental health and LGBTQ issues and how they would be addressed, or rather not addressed, during the 60’s. While the show should be commended for bringing up these issues it doesn’t really drive forward a conversation about them.
The main thing that falls flat in this season are the villains. The three mute Swedish men, that are sent by The Commission, fall flat in comparison to Hazel (Cameron Britton) and Cha-Cha (Mary J. Blige) from season 1.
Unlike the main villains, the side characters this season are outstanding. Lila (Ritu Arya), Raymond (Yusuf Gatewood), and Sissy (Marin Ireland) are the standouts and have multiple shining moments throughout the season not just with our main cast but also with their surroundings.
The new season is a lot of fun and we get some really great moments and character development for the main seven. The show does a great job of keeping you in the dark on storylines and keeping you on the edge of your seat waiting for what will happen next. On top of which, like season one, the soundtrack is impeccable and we get some amazing tunes including “Backstreets Back”, “Twistin’ the Night Away”, and others.
If you were a fan of the first season you should definitely check out the new season which drops this coming Friday July 31st at 3am ET.
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