TV Review: The Umbrella Academy Season 2 💥🐟🪓

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is a fun-filled follow-up to its highly raved season one.

From left to right: Robert Sheehan stars as Klaus, Justin H. Min stars as Ben, Aidan Gallagher stars as Five, Ellen Page stars as Vanya, Tom Hopper stars as Luther, David Castañeda stars as Diego and Emmy Raver-Lampman stars Allison. CREDIT: Netflix

This post for The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is spoiler-free.

With ten episodes total, The Umbrella Academy Season 2 (2020, created by Steve Blackman, and based on the comic books by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá) takes audiences to 1963 with a focus on the John F. Kennedy assassination plotline. The series’ core characters are all split up and we see Five (Aidan Gallagher) taking the lead to get the gang back together again.

It’s not a lie when critics have raved about how good Season 2 is—it is indeed better than Season 1. Not only are the characters well fleshed out this season, but the series’ plot is also exciting and teases a huge turn of events for the unconfirmed Season 3. 

I think the character with the most improvement this season is Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman). From being a celebrity in the 21st century, Allison gets thrown into an unfamiliar situation where racial tensions are heightened. This also gives her character the opportunity to grow as a person, and the hair and wardrobe makeover that she gets in 1963 is gorgeous. 

One character who irked me this season is Diego (David Castañeda), whose character has a problematic hero complex that at times causes unfortunate scenarios. A new addition to the cast, Lila (Ritu Arya), is a breath of fresh air. She complements Diego well and her backstory interestingly leads to a bigger picture for the entire series, though you will have to watch Season 2 to understand my point. 

Five and the deceased Hargreeves sibling Ben (Justin H. Min) gets ample screentime this season. For his young age, Gallagher certainly leads the pack well with his adultlike mannerisms to convincingly play a 58-year-old man, something which I was uncertain of in Season 1. Ben has the most scenes with Klaus (Robert Sheehan) this season, as the pair are bonded to one another through Klaus’ power. Sheehan’s ability to deliver pop music lyrics as godly advice to his cult followers is extremely hilarious. The material that is written for Sheehan’s Klaus this season is comedic gold and keeps the show lighthearted amidst all the apocalyptical mess.

As for the last two Hargreeves, Vanya (Ellen Page) and Luther (Tom Hopper), all I can say is that Vanya is playing Page and Page is playing Vanya, and Hopper’s character Luther gets lost in his affection for Allison which causes him to be overshadowed by the rest this season—also his poor American accent does not help.

I’m certain that The Umbrella Academy Season 3 will happen, as its ending suggests that the series has a lot more to tell.

Rating: 4/5 

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