On recommendation of a friend, I binged Netflix’s Umbrella Academy this past week. Based on a comic series, the story is about a group of kids, all conceived and born in 24 hours on the same date, who have super powers that use for various, and sometimes selfish, purposes. However, the premise is they are brought back together to stop an apocalypse.
The show reminds me a lot of the old hit series, Heroes. It just has that feel to it. And I was surprised, once I started viewing, to discover Ellen Page has a major role in the show (I won’t give it away). She typically does good work and is no disappointed in this series.
There are mixed views on Umbrella Academy. Overall, I like it but I do feel at times the plot is sacrificed for the sake of being off-the-wall simply because the show can be. There are also a couple major plot holes I’d like to point.
First, is a real simple thing but it just seems weird to me. In almost every episode, someone uses a pay phone or land line. The story takes place in the now so let me ask, when was the last time you saw a working pay phone or was some place where everyone had a land line? And yet the use of a cell is far and between, in fact, I am saying that thinking a cell was used a couple times but not really sure during what point in the show. Why?
My second point falls in purview of time travel. One of the characters can time travel. And he comes back to the future, having destroyed an adversary in the future. That adversary sees changes in the timeline. Well, if you go back in time (the killing having taken place in the future) then the adversary would presumably still be alive and able to detect a change in events and know something was up. But in shows dealing with time travel, a measure of leeway is always there because it is such a pandora’s box. However, the writers never addressed the issue as to explain or dismiss it or establish ‘rules’.
Overall, the show is entertaining and interesting. Certainly well done and the acting is on the mark. If you like these sorta of shows then you in all likelihood will get into this one. I rate it 4 of 5 on the scale.