The Umbrella Academy Season 1, Episode 1 We Only See Each Other At Weddings and Funerals [Series Premiere] - Title Card
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The Umbrella Academy will surely become the next show you’ll see people flooding Netflix’s social media with “When is season 2?”


Network
Netflix
Creator Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, Steve Blackman
Director(s) Peter Hoar
Writer(s) Jeremy Slater
Air Date 2/15/2019
Genre(s) Sci-Fi, Action, Drama
Good If You Like Complicated Family Dynamics

Superheroes

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Melodrama
Introduced This Episode
Reginald Colm Feore
Mom Jordan Claire Robbins
Mr. Pogo Adam Godley
Luther Tom Hopper
Diego David Castañeda
Allison Emmy Raver-Lampman
Klaus Robert Sheehan
Number 5 Aidan Gallagher
Ben Justin H. Min
Vanya Ellen Page

The Introduction

On October 1st, 1989, 43 women gave virgin births to children. Of the 43, an eccentric billionaire named Reginald purchased the custody of 7. As for what happened to the other 36? That’s not talked about. All we know is that the 7 kids that Reginald acquired all had powers. #1, Luther, has super strength. #2, Diego, is quite talented with projectiles – specifically knives. #3, Allison, has the power of persuasion. #4, Klaus, can speak to the dead – when sober. #5, who didn’t inherit a name, can teleport from time and space. #6, Ben, could become on conjure monsters. Lastly, #7, Vanya, well she is said to be normal, but that might be a lie.

Together, these kids grew up as a crime-fighting team known as The Umbrella Academy. However, by the time they were adults, many left the business, and Reginald, behind. Luther went to space, Diego decided to stick to being a vigilante, Allison became a public figure, Klaus an addict, to drown out the dead, #5 disappeared, Ben died, and Vanya wrote a tell-all. But, when Reginald dies, there is an uneasy reunion and very limited reconciliation due to only returning home due to a sense of obligation.

But, as #5 appears, and reveals an ominous future, it seems the team may need to get back together, or the world is doomed.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Did the kids ever search for their mothers?
  2. What led to the women getting pregnant?
  3. How did Reginald know about the immaculate births?
  4. How Reginald become rich?
  5. What secrets did Vanya spill and is that what ultimately broke up the Umbrella Academy?
  6. What caused Ben to die specifically?

Highlights

They’re Adults With Lives

Diego (David Castaneda) insulting Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) about her failed marriage.
Diego (David Castaneda) and Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman)

It’s easy and understandable to want to compare The Umbrella Academy to DC and Marvel properties. However, one thing which makes this starkly different is they have lives and were able to walk away from crime fighting. Also, at least at this point, there is no supernatural evil character. Yes, there are sci-fi elements, as seen with Mom and Mr. Pogo, but the lack of a big evil is kind of refreshing – even if #5 says the world is soon to end.

But, there is something about a hero being a lovable drug addict, an isolationist, a famous actress, and only one sticking to crime fighting which feels like a good shift in the comic book adaptation narrative. Pushing the idea that while this may have been inspired by the classics, it is in a league all of its own – mostly thanks to the actors.

On The Fence

There Is This Weird CW Vibe To It

If you strip the blood and gore from this, you get a show which seems to be very melodramatic. We got Allison and Luther who used to be a thing, but her getting married might have been one of the factors leading to Luther heading to the moon. Also, there is the need to question how Allison met and got married, considering the powers she has. On top of that, we got Vanya who is the black sheep of the family and the drama of her exposing them.

All of this makes the show far more interesting than it would be without the interpersonal drama, but it does lead you to wonder if this drama could become over the top with time.

First Impression: Positive (Watch This)

The characters of The Umbrella Academy as children.

All signs point to this becoming a huge and likable hit for Netflix. The cast is perfect, the drama has a good balance between your usual superhero melodrama and just things adults go through. Also, while we haven’t met the villain yet, one of them are Mary J. Blige. That in itself is worth raising an eyebrow to but also driving up much interest to see how this plays out.

But the top reason to label this positive is because the world we are introduced to may have the familiarity of many comic adaptations but has just enough to stand out. Making this dive into the superhero world a serious showing of how Netflix can and will survive without Marvel properties and may even outdo their former money makers.

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The Umbrella Academy Season 1, Episode 1 We Only See Each Other At Weddings and Funerals [Series Premiere] - Title Card
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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 10 "The White Violin" [Season Finale]Somehow, The Umbrella Academy turns things around for what made for quite the finale - until we were left with a cliffhanger.
Director(s) Peter Hoar
Writer(s) Steve Blackman
Air Date 2/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Reginald Wife: Abigail Liisa Repo-Martell
  • The Love Of A Violin: Reginald, Abigail, Vanya
  • One Last Meeting: The Handler, Cha-Cha, Hazel, Luther, Five, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya, Pogo
  • This All Never Happened: Five, Vanya, Agnes, Hazel, Allison, Diego, Klaus, Ben, Cha-Cha, Luther
Season 1, Episode 9 “Changes”We get Grace’s origin story and get the family’s reaction to the events of episode 8 “I Heard a Rumor.”
Director(s) Jeremy Webb
Writer(s) Bob DeLaurentis, Eric W. Phillips
Air Date 2/15/2019
  • The Origins of Grace: Grace, Vanya, Reginald
  • Welcome To The Long Middle: Klaus, Ben, Hazel, Diego, Five, Allison, Luther, Leonard
  • The Beginning Of The End: Vanya, Luther, Hazel, Cha-Cha, The Handler, Agnes, Klaus, Ben, Diego
Season 1, Episode 8 "I Heard a Rumor"The truth behind Vanya’s powers, and her forgetting them, are revealed. Also, more info on Reginald’s death is provided.
Director(s) Jeremy Webb
Writer(s) Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Sneha Koorse
Air Date 2/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Claire Coco Assad
  • On The Run: Cha-Cha, Hazel, Agnes
  • The Death of Reginald: Reginald, Pogo, Grace, Luther, Klaus, Diego
  • There Was An Accident: Reginald, Leonard, Vanya, Allison, Luther
Season 1, Episode 7 "The Day That Was"On top of Reginald making an appearance, so does what might be God. Also, we learn what Leonard has been hiding.
Director(s) Stephen Surjik
Writer(s) Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert
Air Date 2/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Beaman Rainbow Francks
God (?) Birva Pandya
  • Is That You God? It’s Me, Klaus: Luther, Klaus, Reginald, God
  • The Past Biting You In The Ass: Leonard, Allison, Diego, Five, Reginald, Grace
  • Who Knows What The Future May Hold?: Cha-Cha, Hazel, Agnes, Vanya, Leonard, Det. Beaman, Diego, Allison
Season 1, Episode 6 "The Day That Wasn't"Five adjusts to middle management, secrets are revealed, we meet Dave, and Cha-Cha tries to kill Hazel!
Director(s) Stephen Surjik
Writer(s) Sneha Koorse
Air Date 2/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Dave Cody Ray Thompson
  • For Love: Dave, Klaus, Vanya, Leonard
  • I Thought It Was Real: Cha-Cha, Hazel, Vanya, Leonard, Handler, Five, Agnes
  • I Can’t Live A Lie: Allison, Luther, Five, Diego, Grace, Handler, Cha-Cha, Hazel
Season 1, Episode 5 "Number Five"Alongside questioning what is going on with Vanya, there is a need to question who is “The Handler,” what is “The Commission” and are Five’s efforts futile?
Director(s) Ellen Kuras
Writer(s) Bob DeLaurentis
Air Date 2/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
The Handler Kate Walsh
Agnes Sheila McCarthy
  • The Veteran: Five, Klaus, Diego, Luther
  • The Greatest Love: Allison, Leonard, Vanya
  • Would You Like A Position In Middle Management?: The Handler, Cha-Cha, Hazel, Agnes, Luther, Five, Diego, Klaus
Season 1, Episode 4 "Man On The Moon"What’s in Hazel’s briefcase is revealed alongside how Luther got so bulky and how Klaus’ childhood was like.
Director(s) Ellen Kuras
Writer(s) Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Air Date 2/15/2019
  • How Things Were Before: Luther, Reginald
  • A Good Time to Reconcile: Allison, Vanya, Leonard, Diego, Luther, Five
  • Never Act On Your Own: Diego, Detective Patch, Klaus, Cha-Cha, Hazel, Ben
Season 1, Episode 3 "Extra Ordinary"As mom gets investigated, Cha-Cha and Hazel pay a visit to the Umbrella Academy.
Director(s) Andrew Bernstein
Writer(s) Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert
Air Date 2/15/2019
  • Over The Course of 13 Years: Grace, Vanya, Allison, Luther
  • Mommie Dearest: Grace, Diego, Luther, Allison
  • Home Invasion: Cha-Cha, Hazel, Luther, Klaus, Diego, Allison, Grace, Number Five, Vanya
Season 1, Episode 2 “Run Boy Run”As Number 5 gets hunted, he tries to find one sibling who can help him stop what might be the apocalypse.
Director(s) Andrew Bernstein
Writer(s) Steve Blackman
Air Date 2/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Eudora Patch Ashley Madekwe
Leonard John Magaro
Cha-Cha Mary J. Blige
Hazel Cameron Britton
  • We Could Have Been Good, You And I: Eudora, Diego, Luther
  • This Lonely Life: Vanya, Allison, Leonard
  • On The Run & Running Out Of Time: Klaus, Number Five, Vanya, Cha-Cha, Hazel
Season 1, Episode 1 “We Only See Each Other At Weddings and Funerals”The Umbrella Academy will surely become the next show you’ll see people flooding Netflix’s social media with “When is season 2?”
Creator Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, Steve Blackman
Director(s) Peter Hoar
Writer(s) Jeremy Slater
Air Date 2/15/2019
Genre(s) Sci-Fi, Action, Drama
Good If You Like Complicated Family Dynamics

Superheroes

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Melodrama
Introduced This Episode
Reginald Colm Feore
Mom Jordan Claire Robbins
Mr. Pogo Adam Godley
Luther Tom Hopper
Diego David Castañeda
Allison Emmy Raver-Lampman
Klaus Robert Sheehan
Number 5 Aidan Gallagher
Ben               Ethan Hwang
Vanya Ellen Page

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