Season 2 of the Netflix adaptation of comic book series, The Umbrella Academy, picks up from season 1’s cliffhanger. This season starts off with the Hargreeves siblings being scattered throughout the timeline in the 1960s of Dallas, Texas during the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, and the assasination of John F. Kennedy. When Five arrives in Dallas, he discovers that he and his siblings brought the apocalypse to 1963 when they travelled back in time at the end of season 1. The Hargreeves must find one another in order to stop the apocalypse once again, restore the timeline, and get back to 2019.
Fans of the show cannot get over the inappropriate relationship between 2 of the Hargreeves siblings. In season 1, viewers see how close they were in flashbacks of their childhood. By the end of season 2, the relationship expands and is making people very uncomfortable. Showrunner, Steve Blackman, defends the show by stating that the characters are not biologically related. However, many consider this as incest whether or not they’re blood-related since they grew up together as siblings. In episode 5 of season 2, 3 of the siblings had a conversation about how weird their family’s romantic relationships were. At one point, the character tries to explain why their relationship isn’t inappropriate, but it still doesn’t sit well with the audience.
Although The Umbrella Academy checks off various superhero and sci-fi cliches, it can still be enjoyable for those who aren’t big fans of those genres. The show does a good job with making the characters somewhat relatable. At the same time, you are constantly reminded that they are a dysfunctional family of superheroes. This season focuses more on character development. Having been split up from one another and fending for themselves, they must adapt to their environment with the help of a few new characters. We get to see the Hargreeves siblings separately as they face moral dilemmas and world ending catastrophes. The Umbrella Academy also manages to bring light to the issue of racism that was amplified during the Civil Rights Movement. For instance, one of the characters was heavily involved with a peaceful sit-in at a local diner and there were examples of police brutality, which gives you a glimpse of what life was like in that era. Even while addressing racism, light banter and witty remarks made even the most serious scenes seem light-hearted. Watching this season has been a rollercoaster of emotions. We see our favorite character go through pain and sadness. One moment you are crying with them, the next, you’re on your feet dancing to the music.
For the most part, the show is enjoyable. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, you can appreciate the wonderful costumes, the bright color schemes, and the fire background music. Season 2 has lots to offer and is sure to be a hit for many people.
By: Britney Tang