The Umbrella Academy: Season 1 & 2: Recap

With Season 3 streaming, I decided to visit the previous seasons of this show. The Umbrella Academy is an American superhero streaming television series based on the comic book series of the same name written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The cast features Aidan Gallagher, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Elliot Page, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige, John Magaro, Adam Godley, Colm Feore, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland, Kate Walsh, Genesis Rodriguez, and Britne Oldford.

The series starts with an incident that shows how on 1st October 1989, 43 women gave birth to special children who weren’t even pregnant at the beginning of the day. An eccentric billionaire named Sir Reginald Hargreaves goes out in search of them. He couldn’t find all, but he adopted 7 of them, making the Umbrella Academy.
Luther Hargreaves is number one has Superstrength
Number 2: Diego Hargreaves Imagine Batman then aim lower
Number 3: Alison Hargreaves (Can make you work with a whisper)
Number 4: Klaus Hargreaves (Supernatural Abilities) (Immortal)
Number 5: Number Five Hargreaves (Time & Space Jump)
Number 6: Ben Hargreaves (Unleash a Tentacle Monster from within)
Number 7: Vanya Hargreaves can make sound blasts.
Jump to 2019, Sir Reginald Hargreaves is dead and the Umbrella Academy is busy in their own lives- Luther is on the moon, Diego is a vigilante, Alison is an actor, Klaus is a drug addict, Five jumped through the time and is lost in the future, Ben is dead and Vanya is a violinist. The five siblings attend the funeral and Five, time jumps back to the present but is stuck in a teenage body. He is 58. The siblings then try to unravel the mystery of the apocalypse, which is 8 days away. Agents attack Five through a chip in a coffee bar. Vanya teaches violin to a man named Leonard Peabody. Five tries to solve the mystery of a Prosthetic Eye, which Luther held in the apocalypse. The commission assigns 2 new agents- to terminate five and let the apocalypse happen. Five goes to meet her mannequin friend- Dolores where Hazel & Cha-Cha attack him. We then see that a lady- The Handler had offered Five a job in the future in the Commission to assassinate people. He is also involved in the assassination of JFK. The siblings also see the tape of Grace(Android Mother) poisoning Sir Reginald Hargreaves. They then debate on whether to turn her off. Hazel & Cha-Cha attack the Umbrella Academy, but they escape with Klaus as a hostage when Diego shuts Grace off. Leonard stops Vanya’s medicines, which makes her feel better, and he had also killed the First Chair Violinist for her. Klaus flees with Hazel & Cha-Cha’s briefcase, which has the power of teleporting in time, which sends him to the time of the Vietnam War. He also falls in love with a man, Dave, who dies fighting and is depressed by that incident. Vanya feels angry after her exclusion from the Academy, and we see her true powers. Five sets a meeting with the Handler and gets to the Commission again. He sees the letter “PROTECT HAROLD JENKINS” and changes it to “TERMINATE HAZEL” and “TERMINATE CHA-CHA” and wreaks havoc there and escapes with a briefcase. Leonard and Vanya go countryside for training her. Alison and her bros search Leonard’s house where they discover the truth about Leonard. Leonard was born on the same day as the siblings without powers and had to murder his alcoholic father and spent 12 years in prison. To top it all, his actual name was Harold Jenkins. During a fight, Leonard loses his right eye and Vanya unleashes her full power. In the diary of Sir Reginald Hargreaves, see that Vanya is the most powerful and dangerous. But she could not control her powers hence, he kept her on med. Alison goes to meet Vanya, where she slits her throat. Klaus discovers that Sir Reginald Hargreaves had killed himself to bring them all together for the Apocalypse and then all brothers go to Alison & Vanya. Alison is saved but her vocal cords are damaged. Vanya kills Leonard and comes to apologize. Luther chokes her and traps her in a chamber. She goes full-on rage mode killing Pogo, and Grace and destroying the Academy. She goes to her concert as her siblings try to stop her. They do stop her as Alison shot a bullet next to Vanya’s ears while she was torturing her brothers. This sends an Energy Beam to the Moon and Moon particles accelerate towards Earth starting the Apocalypse. So, they all decide to go further back in time to prevent this as the world ends and Five gets ready for the Time-Jump & Zoop……….

Due to Five’s amateurishness in time jumps, he transports the siblings into the years between 1960-1963. Luther in 1962 becomes the bodyguard of Jack Ruby whereas Vanya is transported to 1963, where she suffers from amnesia and stays with Sissy & Harlan as a nanny. Diego is transported to 1963 in a mental asylum for the JFK conspiracy, while Alison is in 1961 who has healed and is the wife of a Black Activist Ray Chestnut. Klaus and Ben are in 1960 when they started a cult. Five meets Hazel and learns about the failed assassination of JFK which had triggered a Nuclear war and a Doomsday on 25th November 1963. They both travel 10 days back, where Swedes (Commission agents) attack and kill Hazel. Five searches for his siblings and tracks down Luther. Diego flees from the Asylum with the help of Lila when the Swedes attack the facility. They all reunite at Elliot’s house. In a film, they see Reggie involved in JFK killing and go to meet him. Luther apologises to Vanya, but she won’t remember him. Klaus meets Ray in jail. Five & Diego find Reggie, but Young Pogo attacks Five and Reggie stabs Diego. Lila saves Diego and Vanya is attacked by the Swedes when Five saves her and explains all. Alison uses her power to stop an officer from beating Ray during the protest, which confuses him. Lila is, in turn, the adoptive daughter of the Handler who is still alive. The trio goes to a Gala where they meet human Grace and Reggie. Swedes attack the trio and everyone leaves when Five recites something in Greek. Klaus tries to stop young Dave from enrolling in the army. The apocalypse is only 7 days left. Harlan drowns as Vanya leaves them so, to save him, she decides to stay and also saves him from drowning. Sissy loves Vanya. The Handler kills one of the Swedes in a trap while Alison other. They also get an invitation from Regie for a light supper and then everyone goes on their paths. Five knows about Lila. He sets a meeting with the Handler and makes a deal of finishing off every Board Member of the Commission against a Briefcase. They fail, as they don’t make it on time. Ben possesses Klaus as Lila kidnaps Diego to the Commission, where he sees the reason for the Doomsday on the Infinite Switchboard- Vanya. She blows up an FBI facility which results in the saving of JFK and the starting of a nuclear war with Russia. Vanya is arrested and Diego, Klaus, Ben & Alison go to save her. Ben saves her but attains eternal peace in the progress. The Handler orders every agent to finish the Umbrella Academy. In the meantime, Luther and Five meet Old Five, whom they kick ass and get the briefcase and send him to 2019. Harlan had developed the same powers as Vanya and, after an enormous battle between the Agents, the Handler Lila and the Umbrella Academy, she takes them back. Lila is also a child with special abilities. Five masters Time-Jump saves the day and the only surviving Swede kills the Handler once and for all. The Umbrella Academy goes back to 1st April 2019, the day after the apocalypse only to discover that they had been replaced by a whole new group named- The Sparrow Academy and also Ben and Sir Reginald Hargreeves are alive.

Aidan Gallagher (Five) was not allowed to be on set during any gun fight scenes because of child labour laws. Instead, a body double was used.
In the comic book, every member of the Hargreaves family has a code name. In the series, only Luther is sometimes called by his code name, Spaceboy.

Thank you for reading the Blog, do let me know your thoughts on the series as well as on this blog. My new Blog post comes soon.
So, Stay Tuned!!!!!!

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