Umbrella Academy originally premiered on Netflix in February of 2019. The Netflix original is about seven unique children adopted by an eccentric billionaire named Sir Reginald Hargreeves. Each child was born with superpowers and raised by Hargreeves to save the world. As the kids get older, the family members become estranged. They eventually come back together as adults to solve the mystery of their father’s death. An imminent apocalypse is also brought to their attention as they work to figure out what causes the end of the world.
The first season of the show received a 75 percent rating by Rotten Tomatoes. Season two of this TV show was released July 2020 and currently has a 90 percent rating on the Tomatometer. In season two, the cast of characters all find themselves stranded in the 1960s after leaving behind an apocalypse in 2019. The problem, however, is that the apocalypse follows them to the 1960s, so they once again have to figure out a way to avert the end of the world. Below are three reviews of season two from YouTubers if you’re curious about what to expect.
It is so timely and applicable right now. Seriously, it felt like they just wrote it last month to go with our times.
In John Campea’s review, he talks about some of his favorite aspects of Umbrella Academy season two while also mentioning a few areas he thought could’ve been done a little better. The aspect of the show he was most impressed with, however, is how timely the episodes were to current events. Several episodes of the show talk about the civil rights movement, which he connected to current events.
While Campea’s overall review was positive, he did mention that it would’ve been nice to see the characters in action using their powers a little more. His second pet peeve was the recurring “prevent the apocalypse” theme that was already used in season one. Even though Campea would’ve preferred a couple of storyline changes, he ultimately thought season two was great and even better than the first one.
Not only did I fall even more in love with this cast of characters, but between the amount of human growth they experience in season two, and also how they connect that to their potential impact on the world, I think it winds up sending a message that goes well beyond the show just being a great watch with high entertainment value.
At the beginning of her review, Perri Nemiroff gives a brief overview of where each character in Umbrella Academy can be found in season two. Since there are so many central characters in the TV show, a majority of her review time is actually spent touching on each character and the relationships and situations they find themselves in. If you’re looking for a brief summary that contains no spoilers, Nemiroff does a good job summarizing the season.
We can see a character that does a fish out of water story so we can kind of relate to that character because they’re getting adjusted to what’s going on, we’re getting adjusted to what’s going on at the same time, and that’s a lot of what’s going on in the show. The extra fun is watching how they adjust with their superpowers.
Double Toasted gives a new perspective on season two of Umbrella Academy because one of the YouTubers, Korey Coleman, never watched season one of the show. In his opinion, the story was structured well enough and captivating enough to carry a viewer through the season without having watched season one. He did admit there will be aspects of the show that you don’t understand, but it isn’t detrimental to the viewing experience.
In the review, the YouTubers also talk about the show choice to introduce a more diverse cast to the characters. The original comic characters the show was based on were all white, but Allison’s character is played by a Black actress named Emmy Raver-Lampman. Coleman talks about how having a Black character dropped into the 1960s time period brought a lot of depth to the show. As already mentioned, Allison’s character participates in the civil rights movement and the YouTubers talk about how well Umbrella Academy season two portrays what it was like to be Black in 1960s America. Overall, Double Toasted thought season two was well done with an interesting storyline that can keep an audience captive whether you’ve watched season one or not.
Based on the three reviews above, Umbrella Academy season two did a great job building out the characters more as well as keeping the plot moving. Each YouTuber highlighted the civil rights movement scenes as well as praised the performances of Robert Sheehan as Klaus and Aidan Gallagher as Five. If you’re interested in watching this kooky cast of characters, both seasons of Umbrella Academy are available on Netflix.