The Second Season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy dropped last Friday, and it’s pretty good.
Based upon a Dark Horse comic written by Gerald Way and Gabriel Bá, Season Two begins where last season ended, which is to say that the students of the Umbrella Academy fail at their attempt to stop the Apocalypse. Number 5 (Aidan Gallagher), taking the only path open to him, sends the team back in time before the incident, in an effort to stop Vanya (Ellen Page) from losing it and dooming the world.
Though there’s a problem: Number 5 is a 58-year-old in a teenager’s body because he hasn’t quite mastered the intricacies of time travel, so while he’s able to send the entire Academy (the people, not the house) back in time, he ends up sending them into slightly different years in the 1960’s.
Luckily they’re all there prior to 1963 – a very significant date in US history – though they’re alone in a past they’re unfamiliar with.
Luther becomes a body guard/fighter for Jack Ruby (John Kapelos) – you can probably see where things are going – Diego (David Castañeda) ends up in an asylum, a condition that Number 5 is more than willing to exploit while Klaus (Robert Sheehan) ends up the leader of a cult – hardly a surprise when you think about it – and Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) ends up married and involved with the nascent civil rights movement.
And last but not least, Ben (Justin H. Min), who’s been dead for years yet can appear only to Klaus (which makes him a wraith?).
As if Number 5 didn’t have enough to deal with, the Commission is still active, and still looking to kill him.
As I said, it’s really good time (though not for the Academy, who’re really having a rough time of it).
The Second Season runs ten episodes, a good number because beyond that things start to feel as if they’re padding to extend the run time, which this doesn’t.
Each member also gets time in the spotlight, which is good because if anything bothered me about the X-Men movies it that they eventually became the Wolverine Show, short-changing a lot of interesting characters.