After the success of the first season, the time has come to follow the new stories and adventures of the 2nd season of The Umbrella Academy series .
In the first season, we got in touch with these characters and saw the Hargreeves brothers, Vanya (Ellen Page), Number Five (Aidan Gallagher), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Luther (Tom Hopper), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Cha -Cha (Mary J. Blige), Diego (David Castaneda), rejoining after the death of the adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore). Based on the comic created by Gerard Way, who is a musician for the band My Chemical Romance, with illustrations by the Brazilian Gabriel Bá, the series portrays a family formed by brothers with more than special powers, but also with personal problems that complicate the relationships between them.
The Burn Book had access to the first episodes of the series, and we have separated a list with 5 reasons for you to watch the 2nd season of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ (WITHOUT SPOILERS).
In this new phase, continuing the facts of the first season, the boys will be transported to another time, in an altered past.
1) Time travel
Right in the first episode 2 × 01 – Back to the beginning, we are introduced to the frantic tone that will extend through all episodes of the second season, with a difference, now each of the brothers went to a different year, all close, but distant , living their personal battles and challenges of each time.
2) Current themes
Despite the characters going back to the 60s, the writers had the opportunity to raise current themes, which already occurred in a certain way at that time, such as Klaus who becomes the leader of a religious cult (bordering on fanaticism), while the great highlight goes to Allison, who due to the events of the first season, has weakened her powers, and finds herself in a struggle to live in the shoes of a black woman in Dallas, Texas, in the 1960s.
Historically it is a complicated period for the history of the world, as blacks were forbidden to go to the same places as whites, and Emmy Raver-Lampman delivers a great evolution of the character, with a journey of empowerment and struggle for black activism. The theme is from the 60s, but unfortunately it has features in today’s society, in the 21st century, which insists on differentiating people by the color of their skin. We even recorded an episode for our Podcast talking about the relationship between Pop Culture and Anti-Racism, check here.
3) Diversity is also present in the series
‘The Umbrella Academy’ has always been a series that has worked well on themes related to diversity, both in the cast and in themes inserted in the midst of the psychedelic events of the narrative. Vanya, played by Ellen Page, famously causing the apocalypse in the first season, creates a forbidden romantic bond with Sissy (Marin Ireland), at a time when being LGBTQIA + was considered a disease. Despite Vanya’s somewhat unnecessary amnesia, Ellen Page seems much more comfortable on paper, taking the reins of the series that bears her name as featured in the credits, and in several advertising pieces.
Following in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy, the action scenes are electrifying, always accompanied by songs that perfectly match the moment, bringing songs by Billie Eilish and Queen, watered with a lot of blood and somewhat unusual situations, allowing the brothers to explore their powers, both individually and in combination. Gerard Way also contributed musically to the adaptation, with a cover of “Happy Together”, classic of The Turtles.
5) Special effects
It may seem obvious, but the special effects remain one of the series’ highlights. With the success of the first season, it seems that the budget has increased, since the effects are much more fluid, and despite some slips like a scene from the lake (without spoilers), they show the maturation / evolution of the characters, mainly from Allison, who as mentioned earlier in this post, uses his influence and shows that not everything boils down to special powers.
The second season of The Umbrella Academy ends satisfactorily, leaving a hook for season three, and who knows how far Netflix will take this production, proving that adaptations can be good if they are in the right hands. It is also worth mentioning the entire marketing campaign and advertising pieces in the series, showing the power of The Umbrella Academy.