Watched The Umbrella Academy season 1? Gearing up to dive into the second season? Well, not so fast. First, read all of this.
The Umbrella Academy is Netflix’s 2019 superhero venture created by showrunner Steve Blackman, based on comic books of the same name written by My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way. The fantasy series, featuring an ensemble cast is one of the most successful originals produced by Netflix and attracted over 45 million viewers in the first month of its release. It has also found fans in critics who have found the series nothing short of riveting. With season 2 set to release on July 31, here are all the things you need to know before digging into the upcoming season.
- Season 1: A dysfunctional family of superheroes
- Season 2: The official outline released by Netflix
- What can we expect from season 2?
Season 1: A dysfunctional family of superheroes
The story begins on October 1, 1989 when 43 women in different parts of the world suddenly birth a child each despite not being pregnant. Seven of these children with superpowers are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire who numbers these children instead of naming them and calls them The Umbrella Academy together. Over the years, the siblings share a troubled relationship with their father.
Several years later, the estranged siblings are living separately are reunited when they get to know about the passing of their father and realize that there are secrets in their family that they were never aware of. The plot gets even more dramatic when Number Five returns from the future and tells everyone about the impending apocalypse.
Season 1 ended on quite a cliff-hanger as the other members of the Umbrella Academy had to turn against Number Seven (Vanya) who destroyed the moon and tried to destroy the world with her sonic superpowers, forcing the rest of the team to go back in the past and stop the apocalypse. However, even though the siblings were able to stop Vanya’s apocalypse, the plan was not without any errors and separate the siblings between the years 1960 and 1963 and mess with the timeline leaving them to deal with another impending doomsday in the form of a nuclear war connected with Kennedy’s assassination somewhere down the line. The season ended with Vanya losing her memory in an accident, forgetting entirely about the havoc she wreaked.
Season 2: The official outline released by Netflix
Netflix gave a detailed official synopsis on its website that reads –
“Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya’s 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right — the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three-year period. Starting in 1960.Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived.
Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which — spoiler alert! — turns out is a result of the group’s disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?).Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything.”
What can we expect from season 2?
Season 2 is going to be one roller coaster ride. The original cast is returning and will be joined by actors Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland and Ritu Arya in important roles.
The second season will show Ben (Number Six) come into his own after having combined his powers with the Klaus (Number Four) at the end of season 1 and also hinted at some upcoming revelations about his character. Actor Justin H. Min, who plays Ben, was quoted saying, “I think through the evolution and progression of Klaus’ powers, Ben gains a lot more agency and independence in the second season and is able to really fight for what he wants.”
Creator Blackman has expressed thatit will be difficult for the siblings to find each other in the upcoming season considering the different developments in their lives. He quipped, “Klaus starts a cult, Allison gets married, Luther finds a surrogate father,” he says. “It was really important to develop those stories. They were tricky, because you know, each of those new characters had to sort of still work within our world until the family finds themselves again and sort of regroups, probably even stronger than they did in Season 1.”
Also it will be interesting to see Allison (Number Three, played by Emmy Raver-Lampman) dealing with being a black woman stuck in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement as she was thrown into Dallas of 1961.
Season 2 is looking promising with a lot of action and adventure to offer. So, are you ready for it?
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