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The Umbrella Academy Second Season in Review

The Umbrella Academy, the Netflix TV series based on the comic of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, is back on Netflix with a surprising second season, which the history of the Hargreeves family finds new life, with a process of growth of the series that gives it a consolidated maturity and a greater narrative depth, which the characters find a defined structure and the story develops by exploring further fields of action. The Umbrella Academy, dispersed individually through the 1960s, what awaits them?

The second season of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix debuted on 31st of July 2020. 

Plot

Sent back in time by Number Five to 1960s Dallas, the missing siblings live separate lives until the threat of a new apocalypse reunites them.

The first season was able to entertain and surprise the Netflix audience, leaving an open ending.

Well, in the second season, the new adventure of the group of siblings with abilities turns out to be more complex than the first season.

As a choral TV series, each story is handled well, and almost all of them have a connection with the main storyline, that is, they intersect with the narrative line that occurs in the first episode and which is resolved in the last.

The stories of Number Five, Diego, Klaus, and Ben are particularly intense and important in the show’s context. While that of Vanya is rather collateral and, felt forced. Despite Vanya being a key character, it is as if the writers had written her a completely parallel story that coincidentally concerns The Umbrella Academy 2.

The adventures of the Hargreeves family are, without a doubt, incredibly hilarious, but what is missing from The Umbrella Academy?  Perhaps that pinch of originality and a structured plot, which does not involve only musical skits or family diatribes or apocalypses.  The series is not based on what it wants to tell, but rather on the protagonists and their way of behaving and existing.

Furthermore, it seems that the showrunners wanted to play it safe, aiming to repeat most of the choices made for Season 1, such as the choice to include another end of the world in the main plot. 

As already known, the protagonists find themselves living in the 1960s. This makes the show very interesting and curious, as to what The Umbrella Academy members do is reflected in the real history of humanity.

Great Music Choice

The songs chosen to compose the soundtrack are very beautiful and well coupled to the various sequences of the episodes. The special effects are a source of pride for the show, as they are used in every episode, without sparing in post-production.

Also, the ending – more than that of the first season – works and creates anticipation for the third chapter!

Cast

  • Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves
  • Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves
  • David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves
  • Emmy Raver-Lampman is Allison Hargreeves
  • Robert Sheehan is Klaus Hargreeves
  • Aidan Gallagher is Five
  • Justin H. Min is Ben Hargreeves

Conclusion

In conclusion, The Umbrella Academy is a great tv product that owes its strength to its characters’ facet. The story, albeit with some mystery, is understandably suitable for all audiences. For this reason, it does not offer dialectical depth. Some twists are better placed than others, but these aren’t a strong point of the show. Rather, you look at it pleasantly also and above all for its incredible visual impact and for the conspicuous presence of well-shot action scenes.

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