The Umbrella academy: The misfits of the superhero world
The Umbrella Academy was one of the easiest binge watches I’ve ever had. The ability to watch superheroes grow up is very rare in any depiction of a superhero, but with this series it is done well with thought and proper care for someone who doesn’t know the comic book background of this story.
The dynamic of the sibling rivalries that goes on throughout the series really does take you on a roller-coaster of emotions that perfectly suits the target audience of young adults, as the family dynamic makes the character’s roles more central in the not so normal family drama.
The Umbrella academy however, would not suit those people looking for instant villain fighting action. It’s a slow burner that rewards the viewer down the line with in-depth character development, which can be dark in nature but are carried a majority of the time with a light-hearted tone.
This series really brings forward the weird and wonderful in the world of superheroes, the narrative starts with a Jesus type event but on a global scale when in the 1980s, 43 unrelated women who had no sign of being pregnant suddenly gave birth to infants on the same day. Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) who is a well-known philanthropist and wealthy inventor decides to adopt seven of the 43 miracle babies, in doing so he creates the Umbrella Academy and teaches them to hone their powers as well as become superheroes with his experiments.
But in the experiments, he treats them more like experiments then children and in doing so he names them accordingly; 1,2,3,4,5,6 &7. What a creative guy! That being said I can’t go into much more detail without spoiling the whole series for you, and nobody wants that.
Overall, the series is a dynamic and gripping story that will capture your attention with ease. If you’re looking for a twist on superhero series this is definitely the one for you to watch.