Welcome to the spoiler-free binge-guide for Netflix’s new superhero series The Umbrella Academy, with Season 1 arriving on our thumbnails on February 15th, 2019.
What’s The Umbrella Academy about?
Well, after Netflix’s suspicious decision to concede the Marvel content, only managing to keep The Punisher (for now), The Umbrella Academy is scheduled at a timely stage for the streaming platform. Not only is the material popular, but is based on the Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. There is some weight behind the series and with Ellen Page and Mary J. Blige on board, the expectations are high.
What’s it about?
The Umbrella Academy is about a dysfunctional family of superhumans who sustained a childhood of high expectations by their billionaire father who adopted them. When young, they were sent on superhero missions, but as they grew older they grew further apart. That’s until their father died, reuniting the family back for a common cause – the apocalypse. The series delves into family issues, the pains of adulthood, and various relationship issues.
Who are the characters?
Diego (with the eye mask)
Played by David Castañeda, Diego has incredible accuracy with daggers and impressive strength. He’s very passionate about being a vigilante and resistant to authorities.
Vanya (red jumper)
Played by Ellen Page, Vanya does not have any powers and her life has been overshadowed by abandonment from her father who deemed her “not special”.
Luther (green coat)
Played by Tom Hopper, Luther has great strength, matching anyone in a fight. Luther is very loyal to his father, and takes pride in being “Number 1”
Allison (Black leather coat)
Played by Emmy Raver-Lampman, Allison can force someone to do anything by starting a sentence with “I heard a rumour…”. She has used her abilities to her advantage by becoming a famous actress.
Klaus (Goodbye on his hand)
Played by Robert Sheehan, Klaus can speak to the dead, but he has numbed his abilities by becoming a drug addict.
“Number 5” (in a school uniform)
Played by Aidan Gallagher, “Number 5” decided to not give himself a name, but he can move through space and time, which is pretty useful.
What does Ready Steady Cut think?
Daniel Hart gave it a favorable review of 4 stars – you can check out his review by clicking these words. Daniel also prepared extensive coverage, with an episode-by-episode recap for those who would like accompanying material while watching Season 1. You can read the first recap here.
The most important question: is the Netflix series binge-worthy?
Not an all day binge, no. While The Umbrella Academy is entertaining and worth the full watch, some of the episodes rely on slow-moving parts before the action comes in. You have to wait at times for some injection of pace. That’s not to say that Season 1 is boring; it’s not. However, to subject yourself to watching the series all day may be a test of character. A couple of episodes a day, maybe. Can you watch the series in a week? Easily. It’s a 4-star series after all. The overall consensus at present is 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning Netflix made a good move.
Still not convinced? Here is the official trailer…
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