‘The Umbrella Academy’ is the newest Netflix adaptation of the comic book series with the same name. Not being familiar with the comics, I was interested to see what the show was about, and upon watching the trailer I was immediately intrigued.
So to try and put the plot simply, a man named Sir Reginald Hargreaves seeks to adopt as many children with ‘special abilities’ as he can. He ends up adopting seven: Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Five, Ben and Vanya. They are implemented into an organisation named (you guessed it) The Umbrella Academy – which is basically like a fight club for kids. Years later, upon hearing of their fathers death, the team (who have since gone their separate ways) return to the academy. Needless to say, some crazy things happen.
Now if you’re going to watch this series a few things are important to take into account:
- It’s really best to know very little about the premise. Other than what’s in the trailer I would seriously suggest avoiding other sources of information that spoil details.
- Go in without expectations. Believe me, anything can happen in this show. It’s ridiculously strange, makes no sense and is very bizarre. A few things threw me off because I was expecting a clear cut sci-fi action show; Instead it was a sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, romance, mystery, drama, comedy……. I could go on.
- Try and stick with it. You may not get hooked right away. It took me a while to really enjoy the show, maybe that was because I was so surprised by the strangeness of the content.
- If you can’t deal with multiple timelines, storylines and information, maybe this isn’t the show for you. I think the creators of the show were actually really clever with the different threads and plots going on, but I can see how this may be confusing to people at times.
I’ve come to realise that this show is definitely not for everyone. I would suggest giving it a go, the premise is certainly interesting and the acting is decent too, but maybe don’t put too much hope on loving it. Now I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy it, but it did take me a long long time to get into it. I think the best shows have the ability to hook you instantly, and this show just didn’t do that.
I really wanted to enjoy this show. Some elements really did engage me and peaked my interest. The overarching themes and characters were certainly interesting, but there was a lack in clarity and at times I just wasn’t that bothered. The show was pretty slow for a while, and maybe that’s what put me off. But the last few episodes really did improve, and come to say that, if a second season is in the future i’ll probably give it a go.
Conclusion: This show has a lot of potential to be your next sci-fi obsession, but if your anything like me, it may take a while to enjoy. Just don’t judge it too quickly and be prepared to embrace all the weirdness that it brings.