The Umbrella Academy: Season One (2019) – Super Dysfunctional Family

So this is what happens when a superheroes movies get high? Shockingly, “The Umbrella Academy” is a comic written by Gerard Way, the lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance. And he also collaborates with Gabriel Bá, a series about the family of superheroes; a darker story than superheroes in general. It’s one of my least favorite bands. But, I listen to their jam back in the days when I was in school. When we were innocent teens, we didn’t know Gerard Way also wrote comics. And this is how it all began.

Developed by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater, the story set in 1989. Coincidentally, more than 40 women gave birth without any signs of conceiving. Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), the eccentric millionaire, adopted seven of them. He wants to train them as a team of superhumans. The world finally arrives with this new group of heroes called the Umbrella Academy; only Number Seven (Ellen Page) didn’t have power so she was never included in the team.

In 2019 where each kid has their own life, it didn’t really went smoothly at all. After knowing their father died, they finally reunited. At the same time, Number Five, after disappearing at the age of 13, came from the future. He reminded that the apocalypse will occur in 10 days. At first, everything didn’t go very well because of the various problems they had. Until then, they are ready to work together to prevent the destruction of the world.

“The Umbrella Academy” lies in a unique premise and an interesting storyline. There are no characters left behind from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Each character has its own uniqueness. The presence of Aidan Gallagher as Number Five was also the subject of discussion. The amazing quality of acting emerged from him. He had to act as a time travel at the age of 58; trapped in the bodies of 13 years old kid. In addition, this series tells each character who already know each other. They have a messy past so each character has a plot. Yet, the main plot is also bigger, about the prevention of doomsday before humanity will become extinct.

This series explains each backstory to its characters, giving us time to get to know them up close to these seven siblings. Each of them has their own life except Number Six (Justin H. Min) as a deceased. However, the presence of Number Four (Robert Sheehan) who can talk with spirited spirits is able to bring Number Six on screen again. On the other hand, we see a lot of short flashback scenes, telling the facts and mysteries why all this happened.

Yet, it’s really hard to say this series as well as a superhero movie or even villain. More interesting because this series reveals the dark side of humans with anti-hero-style tone but not really. There is Number Four with the negative effect of its power which must depend on drugs. There is also Number Five, trying to live more than 40 years to be the only human who survived on Earth. And there is also Number Three (Emmy Raver-Lampman), trying to face the fact she can no longer meet her daughter because of her power.

The show has a good choreography action sequence especially when it comes to the antagonists, Cha Cha (Mary J. Blige) and Hazel (Cameron Britton). They both, besides using a Marshmellow-like or DeadMau5-like helmets, are the ones who give the most ball-to-the-walls action with a few comical sequences. Especially if you are trying to face the serial killer from “Mindhunter”, you don’t know you see different characters in this series. This series also has a great music selection with use in all sorts of sequences from comedy, action, or even depressing.

“The Umbrella Academy” is quite dark despite the story starting with a tragedy about death. All of these characters are forced to work together besides not accepting the fact that they hate each other. Like for example the dynamic between Number One (Tom Hopper) and Number Two (David Castañeda), colliding with and also hate each other. But, in case why they are in the first place, it really happens coincidentally when they try to stop this apocalypse. There is no purpose why this doomsday happened, who is the mastermind, or we also don’t know why Number Six died. It’s just the Umbrella Academy, the name on it.

“The Umbrella Academy” is an interesting binge-watching series especially for you who were tired with Marvel formula and really love time travel. This is for you if you are among these people. Apart from the story still not optimal with a few plot-holes, we have to think again this is still the first season.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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