The Umbrella Academy tells the story of the Hargreeves children who were adopted by an eccentric man due to their unique situation. That situation was that in one point in time, there were 43 children born at the same time to women who were not pregnant when the day started. The children proved to have special abilities that allowed them to form a crime-fighting superhero unit. However, in the present the family is disjointed and living their own lives, and were brought back together when it was announced that their father had died. The story officially starts when their long-lost brother arrives from a time jump, declaring that the world was going to end in 8 days and that they must do something to stop it.
The show’s episodes mainly surround the apocalypse arc that brought their brother back, but it also shares the back stories of the children during both their past and present lives. I found the show to be very complex, and with the supernatural aspect just surrounding this family, it leaves a lot more world-building to be discovered. With the return of one of the brothers introduces a whole system of time travel and antagonists. Beyond dealing with the world ending in a number of days, they also have to deal with their own issues and their issues with their siblings.
My favorite character so far is Klaus, played brilliantly by Robert Sheehan. He is so animated, and he’s one that has many facets to his story beyond being a junkie. I love his interactions with the other characters, and while at times he can played off as relief, his arc was still very developed. For a character that I wish was more developed would be Luther (Tom Hopper). While he and his sister Allison has their own arc going on, I feel like he isn’t as much of a realized character compared to his siblings.
The premise of the show is interesting, and I wonder if they would dive into their history, and the history of their situation in the next season. With the way the season ended, and how the world was constructed, it leaves a wide space to be explored - characters to be introduced, other circumstances to be discovered - there’s a lot that can be done, narrative wise. I just hope that the next season (and future seasons) don’t revert to the kind of ending this had, that there would be some sort of progression to the narrative that would keep viewers hooked for more.