This weekend marks the release of the second season of one of my favorite shows. The Umbrella Academy was released in 2019. It was a superhero show but not like the others you see. Every show surrounding people with abilities is about how glorious their lives and accomplishments are. The Umbrella Academy painted a very different picture.
The premise of the show is interesting. It involves a day in October of 1989 where 43 infants were randomly born. What makes it odd is non of the parents to be were expecting children. Seven of these children are adopted by a man named Sir Reginald Hargreeves. Sir Reginald is a billionaire who seems to understand the significance of this magical day and recognizes their abilities. He then creates The Umbrella Academy. Many years later and with the 6 surviving children you get a glimpse into what the other side of being a superhero would be like.
Years of fame and attention has taken its toll on the group. They are reconnected years later after the mysterious passing of their father. If you want to know the rest of the story then you need to get caught up with season 1.
What I loved about this show was it showed the dysfunctionality of a group of what is normally a glorified set of characters. We have all grown up with characters from the Marvel Universe or watching icons like Superman who seem almost immune from any human flaws. They burst on the scene, save the day, and for the most part are very polite about the entire thing. Umbrella Academy is the complete opposite. It shows the toll that this life would, in theory, have on someone. From broken relationships to chemical dependencies, this show is a train wreck that you want to watch more of.
I am beyond excited for the second season to launch this weekend on Netflix. I referenced this launch when discussing my shows to watch in July and the time has finally come. Feel free to see if there were any other great ones you may have missed the debut on.