The Umbrella Academy season two brings us back to the sixties

The dysfunctional superhero family have graced our screens once again, with season 2 of The Umbrella Academy streaming on Netflix this month in ten episodes.

This season transports us back in time but manages to stray from the typical Hollywood time-travelling stereotype we have all seen before.

In the season the Hargreeves siblings time-jump back to the 1960’s where they are scattered around Dallas, Texas.

During a three-year period, each character establishes a new life, unsure if or when they will return to the present and whether it is through forming a cult or being detained in a psychiatric unit, they face serious challenges in a foreign environment.

Season one laid the foundations for an impressive character exploration and development for the super-heroes, with the finale showing the impending apocalyptic event at the hands of Vanya.

However, relief sets in when this season opens showing each sibling is safe and sound, more or less.

Vanya (Ellen Page) struggles to remember her destructive abilities whilst she settles into farm life. Her vulnerability in this season is reminiscent of that in season one before her powers were discovered.

Luther (Tom Hopper), who was left on the moon by their now departed strangely distant father, lands a job in an underground fight ring. His character arc allows him to take accountability and step back from being the ‘fixer’ of the family.

Diego (David Castaneda) finds himself in a psychiatric hospital, after landing in the 60’s with blades flying. His fearless nature remains true in this season whilst he also meets his match, a new and important character named Lila.

Alison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) finds herself fighting against racial segregation whilst working in a hair salon as her “rumour” powers gather dust whilst she tries to lead a normal life.

Robert Sheehan’s character ‘Klaus’ and Aidan Gallagher’s portrayal of ‘Five’ are undeniably the standout performances of the season.

Klaus uses his ability to see and interact with his deceased brother ‘Ben’ to his utmost advantage as he travels the world as a famous cult leader.

Sheehan, who hails from Portlaoise, plays the role of a chaotic and hedonistic individual brilliantly, it’s hard not to be amused each time his character comes onto the screen.

Aidan Gallagher was just 15 when he took on the role for season 1, his performance as a 50 something year old trapped in a 14-year-old body is so convincing that you would not doubt for a second that he is an adult in a kid’s body. His demeanour throughout this season matches that exactly of an older man who is on a mission

All ten episodes are well paced, which is an improvement from the first season which felt rushed in parts.

The soundtrack, which has almost half a million followers on Spotify, is one of the memorable takeaways after watching.

Frank Sinatra, Queen and The Stranglers are but a few of the artists to feature and whether it is in an opening scene or electric action scene, the sometimes-questionable music choices definitely add to the entertainment.

This season displayed the best parts of action, drama and humour and allowed us to see some excellent character development.

Season 3 is yet to be confirmed by Netflix, but if this season’s widespread positive reception is anything to go by, hopefully we should see one.

Natasha Lynch

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