The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review: The low-key dysfunctional Umbrella family nails it again.

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The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review: The low-key dysfunctional Umbrella family nails it again.

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Format:   Original Series
Platform:   Netflix
Movie Rated: 16+
Genre:   Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language:   English
Digital Premiere Date:   31 July 2020

 

What is the story about?
It’s the second season of the series based on the comic book of the same name published by Dark Horse Comics. It picks up right after the first season where the superpower siblings are trying to re-group to save the world from an apocalypse. The series is created by Steve Blackman and developed by Jeremy Slater for Netflix.

 

Performances
A series of this calibre comes with an ensemble which is truly diverse in its nature. The characters are carefully hand-picked to suit the eccentric roles they have to don. The central and recurring cast was spot and the makers couldn’t have asked for anyone better than them. Ellen Page (Vanya), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castaneda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Justin H.Min (Ben) and the stupendous Aidan Gallagher (Number Five), all of them were brilliant in their respective attires. They truly fit the bill of a dysfunctional family but with the touch of superpowers. 

The supporting cast how are worth the mention are Kate Walsh (The Handler) was a perfect nemesis to the dysfunctional family and she dished out a solid one. It was followed by Marin Ireland (Sissy Cooper) who had little to do but surely makes an impression. 

The second season saw a new addition to the long list of characters, which is Ritu Arya (Lila) who was very formidable with her character and was commendable by all means.
 

Analysis
I’m not sure how many in India are aware of this series which is not promoted as much as it deserves. I watched the first season after a series of reviews I read last year which raved the potential of the series. They were absolutely right about it and I binged the first season in one sitting.

Since then I’ve been waiting to know what happens and pretty much after a year I got answers to a few lingering questions. It picks up right after where it left from the first season. Point to be noted, this is another series which is based on time-travel and apocalypse. Ring a bell? Don’t worry you don’t have to squeeze your brain like you did while watching “DARK.” The Umbrella Academy despite its complex subject has ample room for witty comedy that kicks in a lot of laughter. It travels back forth but doesn’t get tangled.

You really have to give it some time to the series to settle down. It’s not an out and out superhero action series. It has all the aspects of a complete entertainer which comprises of all the ingredients spread evenly across the ten episodes. If you patiently get through the first 5 episodes, it gradually powers through the rest of the episodes with a spectacular final episode that literally leaves you asking for more.

The teleplay was brilliant and was carefully structured to suit the comic book. It carries a style which comes off as a remix of verses that trumps the first season and satisfies your binging pangs. The second season stays focused and doesn’t deflect at any point and makes sure it covered all the important aspects for the show to keep running.
 

Music and other Departments
The technical team was extremely brilliant. The cinematography was spectacularly supported by decisive editing that knew how to pace a show of this calibre. The music was tasteful picked to suit the show’s mood. That was backed by a racy background score. The series involves a lot of VFX and it was rendered well. The second season, in fact, outdid its predecessor.

 

Highlights
Despite it being a familiar ground, the second season improvised in all aspects and was focused. The kinetic action sequences backed with the killer soundtrack was a treat to eyes and ears. Not to forget the brilliant cast who outdid their performances. 


 

Drawbacks
Nothing I could think of.

 

Did I enjoy it?
I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for the third season already. It laid a strong foundation for the third season which may end up being for more potential than the second season. 

 

Do I recommend it and why?
I strongly recommend it. Don’t miss these underdogs who will charm you all the way and keep you hooked for the entire season. The first two seasons are currently streaming on Netflix  

 

 

Synopsis : On October 1, 1989, seven extraordinary humans were born. On July 31, 2020 they return. Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy streams July 31, only on Netflix.
Cast : Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige & others
Directors : Jeremy Slater
Producer/s : Kevin Lafferty, Sneha Koorse
Cinematographer (DoP) : Neville Kidd, Craig Wrobleski
Production House : Borderline Entertainment, Dark Horse Entertainment, Universal Cable Productions
Music : Jeff Russo

Total number of seasons : 2 Total number of episodes : 20
Season No.: 2 No. of episodes this season : 10
Episode Duration (minutes) : 45-59
Digital Premiere Date : July 31, 2020

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