Did We Enjoy:
Yes, we did. There’s no beating around the bush here, this goes down as one of our most favourite series that we have ever watched. The best way to describe it is as a big breathe of fresh air. Some series will rely on you forcing yourself through the first few episodes to get into it, this is not that type of series. There’s only ten episodes and at the moment; only one season so you have to be in it and interested from the very first episode or it simply won’t work, and it does exactly that. For me, this series is my personal shining example of how a TV series can be wacky, slightly cringe and STILL work.
The Umbrella Academy is a superhero based TV Series based on a comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics. The basis of the plot without spoiling the series is that it follows a group of very dysfunctional adopted siblings all with unique powers, united by the mysterious death of their father and the threat of an impending apocalypse (come on, how cool does that sound). The key to how this story works is the sense of mystery, you’re dying to find out more and more of what’s happened and what’s going to happen that you’re there watching, hanging on to every small piece of information that gets given to you. The story itself is easy to follow while being rather complex at the same time, there’s enough going on to keep you interested but not too much that you struggle to keep up. The last thing I will say about the initial storyline is that time travel and superpowers are involved so it’s obviously full of twists and turns and some BRILLIANT moments that I will never forget and can’t wait to watch again.
I don’t know much, but what I do know is that for a TV Series to work and be loved by the people watching; There needs to be at least one character that every single viewer can connect to and care for. This is what The Umbrella Academy does best. They’re a dysfunctional group of adopted siblings with super powers, each one of them is imperfect and flawed. Each character has a distinctive personality trait that contrasts compared to the next character. They are all forced to make difficult decisions or carry out actions that aren’t as simple as ‘Yes, that is the right thing to do’. This is a big reason as to why you love and care for these characters, they will make decisions that are stupid while also making ones that you agree with, but each time you understand why they would do those things because you CONNECT and UNDERSTAND them. In only ten episodes there is so much development, not just in there own character but also in their relationships and through the way’s in which they treat one another. Nothing in this series is simple, it’s hard and complicated and you feel for them. You’re not just watching these characters experience the things they go through, you’re going through it with them.
Why It’s Straight Up Ballsy:
The Umbrella Academy is not afraid to be different, it’s not afraid to push the boundaries of what is considered silly or cringe. It just does it and pulls it off so naturally and so well that you accept it. There are two scenes in particular that I’m going to address:
The first scene being the one in the first episode. One of the siblings, Luther plays the classic Tiffany song “I think we’re alone now” on a record player for everyone to hear. Each sibling is in a different room but they all can hear the music and begin to dance. It sounds bizarre, and it is. BUT, it works so well. Each character has their own distinctive way of dancing that without being obvious, is showing off each one’s personality. For example you have one sibling dancing awkwardly and in a boring way while the other one dances in a fast, crazy and reckless manner therefore giving us an insight into what type of person they are, not through dialogue or their actions but through dance. The shot then pans out to see all the characters in what looks like a doll-house, all dancing to the same song. It’s one of the best scenes in TV history and it will go down as one of my favourite scenes ever.
The second scene that I think is brilliant occurs in episode 6, this totally random scene plays out in front of your eyes and your left there like, what? Basically, The two siblings are having a some-what interesting exchange of their complicated feelings and then towards the end the scene changes, and the pair break out into this ballroom dance with ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ by Toploader playing. I will admit that I’m quite a cringe sensitive person but this didn’t make me cringe when it really should of. The dance routine is just so professionally done and the shots are beautiful. You get lost in the music and the dancing and I’m not ashamed to say that I enjoyed it. It’s just another example of how The Umbrella Academy is not afraid to push the boat out and be totally weird, and that’s what makes it one of the most memorable TV Series you will ever watch.
Will You Enjoy:
If you’re someone who can sit down and enjoy a TV Series for what it is and just get lost in the story, characters and the wackiness then this the series for you. You will delve into a mystery you can’t get enough of, you will be introduced to characters you relate to and fall in love with and most importantly you will have FUN. Ok there are some negatives as with anything, the acting is not always perfect, the CGI isn’t always perfect and there may be some characters you don’t like, but if you accept the series for what it is it’s destined that you will adore it. I couldn’t praise this series enough and I can’t wait to rewatch it all again before the next season is released.