The Umbrella Academy
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The brand-new series on Netflix called ‘The Umbrella Academy’, is based on a comic book series which was created by the lead singer of my chemical romance Gerard Way. Given the popularity of the singer and the comic itself, viewers have been long waiting for Netflix to officially air the series. The first season was released on Netflix on February 15, 2019.


The plot revolves around a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. So, in 1989, 43 infants were randomly born all across the world to unconnected mothers who had no clue that they were going to be born the day prior. This is one of the most interesting concepts that the show had developed. As soon as the babies are born, a billionaire named Reginald adopts seven of the 43 kids and creates The Umbrella Academy. That is where the show gets its title from.


Even though from the trailer and description we assume to see more of them as kids solving problems and fighting crimes together, but the show is mostly about them as adults having to reunite after the death of their father. But of course, when they come together with all these personalities, different stories and converging aspects of their lives, this creates conflict and makes the show more interesting. The show is basically about a family coming together to fight and solve a problem.

There are multiple problems shown in the show and the one thing a lot of critics will say after watching the show is that there is just way too much going on. A lot of plots specially being season one, it could have been spilt up into two or three or seasons and still have enough to go around for everybody and every character. There are seven adopted kids out of which six are trying to solve a problem, so a story time should be shared and plot points between all these characters and sometimes that can compromise a story as a whole.

Regardless of the complex plot, season one is worth watching. The characters are well described and presented as per their story and background. One of the other impressive things about the show is the choice of amazing soundtracks to play in relevant scenes throughout the series. Being a low budget TV series, the production design, the soundtrack and many of the performances are commendable.


Netflix hasn’t renewed The Umbrella Academy for season 2, and news of renewal is anticipated to arrive till mid march.