If you have read my article about My Chemical Romance getting back together last month, then you know that I have told you to look out for an article about Umbrella Academy. Well, it's finally here!
The Umbrella Academy was originally a comic book and graphic novel series written by My Chemical Romance's frontman Gerard Way. Thanks to all the attention that it has been getting, it turned into a TV show in 2019 and became one of the most famous superhero shows of all time.
The overall plot is that 43 women give birth on the same day when they had not even been pregnant when the day began. A rich man, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, adopts 7 of these children who are born with special abilities. These kids grow up and fight crime together and make up the Umbrella Academy. They have a falling out in their teenage years but reunite when they are adults in order to solve the mystery surrounding their adoptive father's death (don't worry, not a spoiler).
Each kid has a special ability and instead of a name, was given a number, from 1 through 7 by Sir Reginald. However, almost everyone decided to give themselves normal names to be more "human" and "normal" :
Number 1 - Space Boy AKA Luther Hargreeves. He has super strength, and was sent to the moon. He makes a BIG deal out of that last point.
Number 2 - AKA Diego Hargreeves. He has the ability to manipulate the trajectory of what he throws, which is usually a knife. He has quite the rocky relationship with Luther.
Number 3 - The Gossip AKA Allison Hargreeves. Has the ability to control minds by starting her sentences with "I've heard a rumor".
Number 4 - The Séance AKA Klaus Hargreeves. The flamboyant drug addict who can interact with ghosts.
Number 5 - He is only called Number 5 throughout the series. Is basically a badass old man trapped in the body of a thirteen year-old who can time travel. Need I say more?
Number 6 - The Horror AKA Ben Hargreeves. Died due unknown reasons and was the closest to Klaus. Was also able to summon monsters from another realm.
Number 7 - The White Violin AKA Vanya Hargreeves. She was raised to believe that she was the "odd one out" and was only ordinary. Plays the hell put of the violin and is quite the sound-wave queen. (shh...) Can't say more!
Now that we've gotten the introductions out of the way, here's why this is one of the best superhero shows of all time:
The music, the music, the music! Season 1 was FILLED with amazing catchy songs such as "I think we're alone now" and "İstanbul (not Constantinople)". Not only were they catchy, but they say the entire mood of the show and made it feel familiar and welcoming.
The scenes and the editing also played a major role, especially when they went hand in hand with the music. Everything was in sync, from the beats of the songs, to the camera pans, to the rhythm of the characters' movements. Not only was this impressive synchronization easy on the eye, but it helped keep the audience's attention on the screen.
The family dynamics were also a great part of the show. The relationship between the characters helped put the "fun" in dysfunctional. Not only were the relationships different between every two characters, but the way the characters were written helped make the audience believe what they were to eachother in the end of the day: a family.
However, without the impeccable script and acting, this show would have never gotten anywhere. Not only did the dialogue do justice for the characters, but the actors were who brought them to life. Without Robert Sheehan showing Klaus's different sides, or without Ellen Page showing Vanya's aloofness and sadness, the audience members could have never been able to relate and feel for the characters.
Even though everyone (including me) is calling The Umbrella Academy a "superhero" show, you should not go thinking that it is just what we call it. In fact it's more about family than anything else. But even that isn't a good description for the show. You get everything you want from it. You get your typical sibling drama, your superpowers, different types of comedy shown throughout, and amazing music. It's a heartfelt and meaningful show, while also being a series that is never afraid to have too much fun. You cry, laugh, and even get the urge to snap a few necks or punch a few faces as you finish it!
All in all, this show got TREMENDOUS reviews for its first season and the second season will be released by the end of 2020. If you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you give it a try. You won't regret it.