Following Five (Aidan Gallagher) and the other Hargreaves siblings failed attempt to stop the apocalypse at the hands of their sister, Vanya (Elliot Page) Five attempts to jump them back in time. Things don’t quite go according to plan and although all the siblings arrive in Dallas, Texas in the 1960’s they all arrive in different years. By the time Five surfaces they’ve all started new lives… and there is a new apocalypse coming.
Now Five will have to get the reluctant gang back together to try and stop the apocalypse… again. It won’t be easy though. Klaus (Robert Sheehan) has started a cult, Vanya has lost her memory, Diego (David Castañeda) is locked in an asylum due to his obsession with trying to stop JFK’s assassination and Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) has gotten married.
If trying to get the siblings to cooperate and come together wasn’t bad enough Five has his own past self to deal with as well as some Swedish assassins and the The Handler (Kate Walsh) who is more power hungry than ever before. It’s impossible to know who to trust but if they don’t figure it out. it’s going to be the end of the world.
I found the first season of The Umbrella Academy quite hard work. It is a very complex show with a lot of characters and mythology and it took me until the middle of that season to have any idea what was going on. This season didn’t have that problem because I knew the characters and the purpose of The Commission and to some extent what Professor Hargreaves was up to. For that reason this season was so much more enjoyable.
I loved Klaus wrestling with the ever more corporeal, Ben (Justin H. Min) as well as his desire to reunite with his lost love, Dave (Cody Ray Thompson). I also really enjoyed seeing Allison’s part in the fight for Civil Rights and her relationship with her husband, Raymond (Yusuf Gatewood). She’s not the only one who finds love though. Diego finds himself drawn to his off kilter fellow asylum inmate, Lila (Ritu Arya) and Vanya connects with Sissy (Marin Ireland), a farmer who takes her in. These new relationships make for real character growth and I found myself moved and amused throughout.
Without question the best episode is “The Seven Stages” where the two versions of Five end up in the same place and have to manage both imminent paradox psychosis and their endless desire to outwit everyone around them, including themselves (each other?). Aidan Gallagher is absolutely brilliant at portraying an old man trapped in a pre-pubescent body and surrounded by “idiots”. His performance makes the show.
We end off with another major cliffhanger which speaks to one of my questions from the first season, what happened to all the other children born on the same day as the members of the Umbrella Academy and I simply cannot wait to find out. I left the end of the first season wondering if I would bother with the second season but I am so glad I did. Bring on the third.