Reath’s Random Rainbow Reviews: The Umbrella Academy

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Reath’s Random Rainbow Reviews: The Umbrella Academy

Going Clockwise from middle it's Luther, Klaus, Allison, Number Five, Vanya, and Diego Hargreeves. They're six out of the seven Hargreeves children.

Going Clockwise from middle it's Luther, Klaus, Allison, Number Five, Vanya, and Diego Hargreeves. They're six out of the seven Hargreeves children.

Borderline Entertainment, Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions.

Going Clockwise from middle it's Luther, Klaus, Allison, Number Five, Vanya, and Diego Hargreeves. They're six out of the seven Hargreeves children.

Borderline Entertainment, Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions.

Borderline Entertainment, Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions.

Going Clockwise from middle it's Luther, Klaus, Allison, Number Five, Vanya, and Diego Hargreeves. They're six out of the seven Hargreeves children.

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This month I chose to review a not very well known show. I watched the pilot of this little show called The Umbrella Academy. I doubt most people have ever heard of it.

No, but seriously, I was bullied into jumping on the bandwagon for this show. I went in without knowing anything but that the characters’ names were numbers so watching it was an experience.

The Umbrella Academy is a Netflix adaptation of a comic series with the same name. The comics were created by Gabriel Bá and Gerard Way, who was the lead singer of My Chemical Romance. (If you didn’t know who Gerard Way was, you’re welcome. I asked who he was and got attacked by a My Chemical Romance stan.)

In The Umbrella Academy, on October 1, 1989, 43 women who showed no signs of being pregnant at the beginning of the day, gave birth. A man named Sir Reginald Hargreeves bought 7 of these children and named them with the creative names of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. He gave them these names to rank their usefulness (10/10 parenting skills, I know.). ( Also it is worth mentioning that Mr. Hargreeves created a mom/nanny robot for them who gave them real names later, but never mind that. ). All of these kids except for 7 are made into a superhero team called “The Umbrella Academy.” The show starts years after the seven lost contact with each other and Mr. Hargreeves. The seven children, now fully grown, are forced to come back to their childhood home due to their father’s death.

#1-Luther
Luther, according to the seven’s dad, was the most useful due to his power of super strength. It’s clear that Luther strives to be in some sort of leadership role. Whether that is based off a natural leadership ability, or simply a want to be in control, I don’t know yet. Either way, what Luther spends most of the episode doing, when he’s not participating in fist fights with Diego, is trying to convince his siblings their dad was murdered. Also, I don’t know where to casual slip this in, but Luther is a freaking astronaut. (Also, off topic, but Luther’s arms are the size of watermelons. Honestly, all offense, his arms scare me. He looks like if he hugged someone they would get split in half.)

#2-Diego
Diego is the only one of the seven to continue superhero-ing. He’s now a vigilante of sorts with the ability to throw knives with pinpoint accuracy. (I’m about 80% certain it only works for knives, or maybe that’s just his weapon of choice or something.) Diego has spent his whole life being under Luther, so he understandably doesn’t have the best relationship with him. Then again, none of the seven really have great relationships with each other. Diego is an attention seeking jerk, all offense. I mean we love him, but still.

#3-Allison
Allison’s power in the show is basically mind control with a fun name. The way it works is whenever Allison says “I heard a rumor-” whomever she was directing it towards has to follow what she says. When Allison isn’t metaphorically stabbing people’s free will, she’s is a famous actress with a bad love life. She has an ex-husband and daughter whom he has custody of. While we’re speaking about Allison’s floundering love life, she has a flirtatious relationship with her brother Luther. Yes, I am aware that they are adoptive siblings, it’s still weird though. I don’t really have anything to say about Allison. I’m not a fan on the grounds I find her boring. However, that’s just my opinion.

#4-Klaus
I was looking on The Umbrella Academy Wiki to fact check a few things and I saw it described Klaus as “a flamboyant drug addict,” and there was no way to top that description. Klaus is the shows’ most vibrant comic relief. He’s a quirky, fun character who does things like wearing his sister’s skirt or showing up to his father’s funeral with a bright pink umbrella. He’s also high or drunk in pretty much every scene, however, this could be because of his power to talk to the dead only works when he’s sober. Though I don’t know, maybe he just has a problem with addiction, or its because of his bad childhood, or a mixture of all three. I couldn’t tell you. Despite this, or maybe because of it, Klaus is my favorite character so far. He’s the only one of the seven who isn’t a jerk and Is interesting. But that’s not really saying much. Out of the seven, ones dead, three are jerks, and I really can’t find anything to like about either of the girls so far. So yeah, Klaus is my favorite.

#5- Number five
Number five went missing before he could be given a real name. He disappeared sixteen years before present day at only age thirteen. I’m not really going to talk about Five, because I want to stay as far away from spoilers as possible. But, his power is teleportation, and he went missing after a fight with his dad. Also, just as a side note, everyone seem to like 5 and I can’t figure out why. He’s just arrogant and obnoxious. But whatever, more power to them I guess.

#6- Ben
He’s dead. I don’t know how, or why, or when, but Ben’s dead. He’s already died when the show starts and we only see him in flashbacks and when Klaus uses his power. I don’t know his power but it seems to have something to do with tentacles. ¯\_(^-^)_/¯

#7-Vanya
Vanya is a powerless violinist. Out of the seven, Vanya is definitely the most distant. This is due to the fact that she wrote a book exposing her family’s secrets. Vanya was treated differently by her father than the rest of her siblings. Granted, their dad was never nice, but he repeatedly told Vanya she was useless. Just like Allison, I don’t really have anything to say about Vanya either. She apparently doesn’t have a power, which is superhero shows for “My power is going to be OP and will be revealed later,”. I don’t really have an opinion of her though.

So that’s The Umbrella Academy so far. This is only from the pilot episode again for the record, because god knows I can’t sit still long enough to watch a whole series. I’ll probably get myself to watch the rest of it eventually. This show is kind of like if the X-Men had an abusive dad except with the added bonus of people talking about My Chemical Romance. But honestly, if you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know I make fun of shows a lot. However, I wouldn’t have sat through the whole episode if I didn’t think it was a promising show.