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The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review – Tackling Social Issues

Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is back, better than ever, and have to save the world… again!  With the gang scattered in the past, the 60’s to be exact, they are forced to tackle social issues and learn more about themselves.

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review

Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy Season 2 begins right where the last season left off. It might be a good idea, if you haven’t already, to binge season 1 prior to this one when it drops on July 31st. I say this from experience, because I did not, and there was quite a watching curve to be hurdled for at least the first few episodes.Check out my season 2 review.

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Where Did The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Leave off?

At the end of season 1 Vanya, a.k.a. The White Violin had recently discovered her powers and just how deadly they can be. Frustrated that her father had kept her drugged up as a safety measure to repress those powers, and even moreso that her siblings attempted a similar thing by locking her up, her unbridled rage caused the apocalypse by destroying the moon, sending its debris towards the Earth. In a last moment desperate attempt to undo what had been done, Number 5 whisks them all out of 1999 and into the past, hoping beyond hope to fix the obliteration of the planet.

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review

Where Are The Hargreeves Now?

Well, they did all end up going to the past, but not quite as 5 had intended. Sure they all enter at the same location, a back alley in the 1960’s, but they don’t all show up at the same time. Klaus and Ben arrive in 1960, followed by Allison in ’61, Luther in ’62, and the others just weeks apart in ’63. The last to arrive in the past is number 5, and wouldn’t you know it, he shows up during another apocalypse caused once again by…you guessed it!

This sets the stage for this new season set almost entirely in the 1960’s. Number 5 will have to track down all of his siblings if he is to stop this version of the end, but where could they be? Even then would they want to help? Would they even want to go back to 1999? Having been there for years, some of them have established lives, love interests, perhaps even a semblance of normalcy, worlds and literally years away from what they knew and who they were. Although it is a beautiful notion, none of them belong in this time, and even if they wanted to there is no way the commisson would allow such a thing.

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Tackles Social Issues

Being set in 1960’s America, this season allows The Umbrella Academy to tackle current social issues by comparison to this time, deftly capturing the parallels that exist to this day that stand as a stark reminder of just how little has changed since then.  Allison’s story is one that will hit viewers right in the gut, especially with what is going on today.  Being a black woman in the 60’s and dealing with discrimination, segregation and the civil rights protests, all while having to save the world will just about break anyone…. and lets not mention she is still recovering from a little throat slit accident from season 1.

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review

Racism is not the only social issue touched upon in this season of The Umbrella Academy, the new season also deals with the homophobic stigmas of that time.  One might think the flamboyant pansexual Klaus would show up and cause a stir in the 1960’s, however, his “free-love” ways does take notice by hippy cultist who follow him to the point they are recreating his hand tattoos.  Klaus is not the only Hargreeve having to deal with the homophobia of those times, but I do not want to spoil anything for you so you are just going to have to watch and see!

Overall Thoughts

Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy sees our heroes learning more about themselves, their powers, and what it truly means to be a family.  Beautifully shot, well acted, hilarious dialogue, and a banging soundtrack help make The Umbrella Academy Season 2 a treat for fans, and exactly what they have been waiting to see. Our heroes, for all their meddling in this timeline in an attempt to change the future, realize they can not escape who they are and what they can do, but obviously something must be done to upend the current impending doom…tune in to NetFlix on July 31st to find out!

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review

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