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Umbrella Academy Analysis: Is It Worth a Watch?

by Archana Ganapathy
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Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy is an American sci-fi fantasy that is set in the superhero universe. The series revolves around the reunion of a group of super-powered siblings after the death of the man who raised them.

Umbrella Academy series is based on an award-winning comic book series written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Ba. The show follows a family of seven children adopted by a billionaire, all of whom were born under supernatural occurrences. Forty-three women gave birth to infants that they hadn’t been pregnant with the day before. Six of the seven adopted children exhibit superpowers. No show can get so weird!

The storyline of the Umbrella Academy

Reginald Hargreeves is no Daddy Warbucks. He’s no Professor X, either. He forces the children to form a superhero squad to protect the world. The show starts with his seven emotionally traumatized kids returning home after his death. But five out of seven returns. It is then stated that Number 5 has time-traveled into the future apocalypse period.

Season 1

Billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a corrupted man, uses money and tries to adopt as many of those children as he could, but he only could get his hands on seven of them. As they begin to develop unique sets of superpowers, Reginald trains them and assembles a superhero team called “The Umbrella Academy.”

The exceptionally outstanding crew of the Umbrella Academy series brings ease and sophisticated realism. Be it Ellen Page’s troubled outcast as Vanya Hargreeves, the wild card who abandoned the family. The gang’s pansexual, drug-addicted, stylishly unkempt mascot Klaus Hargreeves, excellently acted by Robert Sheehan. Klaus, Five, Diego, Hazel, ChaCha, Grace, and Ben, who are just as good. 

The “X-Men” adaptations kind of narrative explores the time-travel concept with some weird yet refreshing setting. It’s about the children saving the world from villains in a new mystic style.


The mysteries of the children and people around them are the driving force of The Umbrella Academy series.  Sir Reginald assigned numbers as names to his kids, based on the order they were adopted, and their robot mom gave names actual human names.

No.1 is Luther (Tom Hopper)
No. 2 is Diego (David Castañeda), and he is the exact opposite of Luther in all terms.
No. 3 is Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), who is a famous actress and plays the love interest of someone among the six.
No.4 is Klaus (Robert Sheehan), a fast-talking, intelligent yet a drug addict.
No. 5 is only No. 5 (Aidan Gallagher)  no name was given as he is the time-traveling teleport artist.
Vanya (Ellen Page), is the only child in The Umbrella Academy who never developed powers and the black sheep gathering audience’s interest.

So how these bunch of people who are so different from each other form a group and protect the world while learning their secrets is the one-liner of the show.

Final Verdict

The Umbrella Academy is a unique series with an eccentric, wacky, in-your-face storyline. The production setpieces of the future and the present look real.  It delivers a fresh perspective on the superhuman theme with its off yet relatable characters.

Action sequences are neatly choreographed with sound background music.
You can watch the first season on Netflix, as it beautifully ends on a cliffhanger that seamlessly builds up curiosity for The Umbrella Academy series season two.


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