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[Review] The Umbrella Academy season 2: a comeback for Netflix superheroes?

While some are taking advantage of the end of July to sunbathe on the beach (while respecting the attention that keeps their distance), we’re keeping our eyes on our My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission couches to see season 2 of The Umbrella Academy in our tummies. We almost forgot the sand and palm trees.

A little flashback: The first season of The Umbrella Academy, which was piloted by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater, sounded a kind of revival on Netflix that should no longer Last Night in Soho rely on Marvel for its superheroic series. Suddenly, the platform went to dig the Dark Horse. That carries it well because despite the obvious flaws (especially in terms of rhythm and overexposure), this first batch has the advantage of offering something the genre has never seen before on the small screen with this Affamés superfamily far from heroic. And if the urge to return to it in the end isn’t so strong, the arrival of season 2 compensates for our impatience by piquing our curiosity.

Business immediately resumed where Venom 2 Let There Be Carnage it left off. To prevent the apocalypse brought by Vanya (Ellen Page), Umbrella Academy decides to follow Lima (Aidan Gallagher) into the past. Result: they all landed in Dallas at different times from 1960 to 1963, Lima being the last to arrive on … doomsday. He returns ten days to reunite the siblings and prevent this new global crisis.

At first glance, this return oddly resembles the first season in Venom 2 that it contains key elements: an apocalypse to be prevented, a commission assassination on the heels and Vanya a priori being responsible for this new mess, as a bonus, the assassination of future President Kennedy. Obviously, this season 2 plays into a sense of déjà vu and scares us into inevitable exhaustion. Deliberate and cunning maneuvers by showrunners to muddy the waters and, above all, to right the wrongs of the past.

Umbrella Academy, 2.0 update.
The past drives this second season on all levels. From a story standpoint, the ’60s allowed the series to fully embrace the time and movement that burned it. The show will Venom 2 choose to tackle certain subjects head-on such as the power of interest, homosexuality and the fight for black civil rights through Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman). The sub-plots are far from anecdotes that bring consistency to the show and characters. There is real writing work around this, now much better characterized and deep.

Credit goes to Blackman and Slater who seem to have heeded the various criticisms leveled at season 1. The plot gains fluidity and understanding, there are many fewer moments Venom 2 Let There Be Carnage of emptiness and the interactions are meant to be more natural. Improvements are possible especially with shortened episodes (45 minutes instead of 60), leaving little room for unnecessary sequences or dialogue. Finally, many twists come to confuse our certainty and assuage this famous feeling of repetition.

Obviously, the actors’ alchemy is no stranger to this general correction either, those who seem more comfortable with their roles. We think specifically about Ellen Page who offers us the Venom 2 greatest range of emotions. Perhaps the least important member here, Tom Hopper (Luther) still makes up for it with his cherished comedic side. Ultimately, Aidan Gallagher continues to be the star of the show, his old character trapped in a young body left at the top of the fray. But don’t worry, this story gives everyone more than one chance to shine, including seventh member Ben (Justin H. Min).

In short, The Umbrella Academy season 2 offered us better, much better, and we enjoyed our show from start to finish. Mainly because the correction of defects Venom 2 does not mean neglecting quality. The performances are more innovative, especially around action scenes and special effects get special attention. Finally, how not to touch a word on the soundtrack, the expected accumulation of titles, but always well exploited, which we never get tired of.

Of course, one cannot claim that everything is perfect in the best of all possible worlds and this series has failed to get rid of all these faults. As we said, there are still holes, a slight lack of originality and perhaps a lack of generosity when it comes to unleashing superpowers. However, it is undeniable that the Venom 2 Let There Be Carnage curiosity of season 1 has replaced the enjoyment of season 2; and if The Umbrella Academy continues down this path, there’s no doubt that at the end of season 3 we’ll have no trouble leaving our beach towels behind to find our couch.