The Umbrella Academy attracted a lot of Netflix younger audiences to its fantasy world of superheroes. After revealing the superpowers of its heroes in the first episode, many would ask: So what now? Is it another superhero series with repetitious fights between them and bad guys?
The answer is yes, and no. Steve Blackman, the producer, has a better reputation than making what others created before. By creating a family-like environment with an authoritarian father, he added several side stories about each character and their relationship with the so-called father.
On the other hand, it has some elements of X-Men mixed with Harry Potter. Still, it doesn’t look like a copy or a remake of them. The Umbrella Academy has a bitter taste that contradicts the atmosphere created in the first episodes of season 1. Nobody sounds happy among these grown kids who have been abused and manipulated by Sir Reginald Hargreeves.
Knowing all of these, The Umbrella Academy is still a successful series, but we can’t compare it to other series like “Fargo” and “Altered Carbon” created by Steve Backman. Even though it will bring more fame and contracts for him, The Umbrella Academy looks like a break from the serious works he has done.
Anyway, for those who have been waiting to see what will happen after the apocalypse ending of the first season, there is good news. Netflix released the trailer of season 2. And it seems that we will see more time-traveling in this season and significant events like the assassination of President John F Kennedy.
Creating a fusion of history and fiction or fantasy is a common trend these days, as you can see in series such as Dark or movies like Old Guard. It makes the stories more believable and amusing, particularly by showing old black and white photos or footage.
In the case of The Umbrella Academy, it just gets risky when too many time-travels happen, and the viers lose the connection between events. On the other hand, it reduces the suspense of the tragic events when the audience knows that there is always a way to go back and fix the future.