Season 1 rating: 95/100
TV Series Info
A disbanded group of superheroes reunites after their adoptive father, who trained them to save the world, dies.
|Ellen Page||Vanya Hargreeves/ Number 7||Season 1|
|Tom Hopper||Luther Hargreeves/ Number 1||Season 1|
|David Castañeda||Diego Hargreeves/ Number 2||Season 1|
|Emmy Raver-Lampman||Allison Hargreeves/ Number 3||Season 1|
|Robert Sheehan||Klaus Hargreeves/ Number 4||Season 1|
|Aidan Gallagher||Number 5||Season 1|
|Mary J. Blige||Cha-Cha||Season 1|
|Cameron Britton||Hazel||Season 1|
|Adam Godley||Pogo||Season 1|
|Colm Feore||Sir Reginald Hargreeves||Season 1|
|Sheila McCarthy||Agnes||Season 1|
|Justin H. Min||Ben Hargreeves||Season 1|
|Jordan Claire Robbins||Grace||Season 1|
|John Magaro||Leonard Peabody||Season 1|
A completely different superhero universe to explore, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics. This was a fresh take on the genre, with interesting characters that each give something different to the progression of the story, and weird time laws that make the world so much bigger. I loved the look of the umbrella academy and all the individual rooms, it really made you feel that they actually grew up there.
A very fun and entertaining narrative that kept me guessing on what was going to happen next. I did feel like the middle episodes dragged, they could have probably figured it out a lot quicker, but I presume that the writer needed to get more episodes. There were a few things that they changed from the comics, which were good and bad. Like Hazel and Cha Cha, it was never originally them, but I’m glad they changed it because they were deadly, but also they had heart and an arc we could follow. Another thing was the main villain, Leonard Peabody, he just couldn’t compare to the villain in the comics, no offence.
Dark and gritty, their camera angles and effects were their strongest asset. With comical times on point and intense shots of fighting, I even loved how the camera followed Number 2’s knives as he threw them across the room. The effects were unique to them, as Number 5 teleported it had its own effect that made it clear what was going on. Even Number 1 looked like an ape! If you get to see this series, see it for its fun and well timed shots. They always included every family member in the camera and give everyone a shiny moment.
My favourites so far are Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher, they were bold characters that have a high risk of getting it wrong, but they don’t and the pay off is huge. Klaus is funny and many can relate to his depressive humour and Number 5 is arrogant, takes no prisoners and can be funny, he makes scenes a lot better. Even the rest of the family are awesome, even Justin H. Min, he does so well at playing the dead version of himself, hanging in corners and observing, whilst still making a difference to Klaus. Well done to Ellen Page for building her passionate rage towards her family over time, you really could see her losing herself as each episode went by. Finally, thank you to Camera Britton and Mary J. Blige for being a great killing machine couple that know how to have a laugh from time to time.