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The Umbrella Academy Season 3 (Netflix Series Reviews)

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Series Overview

"Forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world."

"A family of former child heroes, now grown apart, must reunite to continue to protect the world.

On the same day in October 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now almost thirty years old, the six surviving members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves' passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father's death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse."

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Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1312171/plotsummary?ref_=tt_stry_pl

Official Season 3 Trailer

Steve Blackman - Writer

Steve Blackman is a producer and writer, also known for Fargo (2014), Legion (2017) and Altered Carbon (2018).

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Robert Sheehan

Aidan Gallagher

Tom Hopper

David Castañeda

Emmy Raver-Lampman

Elliot Page

Cameron Britton

Mary J. Blige

John Magaro

Adam Godley

Colm Feore

Justin H. Min

Ritu Arya

Yusuf Gatewood

Marin Ireland

Kate Walsh

Genesis Rodriguez

Britne Oldford

Justin Cornwell

Cazzie David

Jake Epstein

My Personal Favorite Snack while Binge Watching Netflix Series:

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The Best Parts

  1. Ben- I love the "come back" of Ben. It may not be the right timeline version of him, but his appearance adds a lighthearted element to the interactions between the two families. Also serious nod to something deeper: He had drawings of Jennifer. Almost like he had a connection to his other self or the timeline had a similar situation with a different outcome. The mystery around his death continues to intrigue us all. Perhaps it was the father's doing. We may never know.
  2. Harlan- This section was my absolute favorite! Seeing how he grew up and what happened at the end of Season 2 made this a brilliant addition. Especially considering Viktor is always to blame for world ending issues. In this sense though, technically it was Harlan causing this apocalypse, but really Viktor still was to blame.
  3. Viktor- This was the best character arc, especially considering Elliot Page announced his life change. Finally coming in to who he really is. The writers having added this in for the character created for a seriously wholesome story line.
  4. The Grandfather Paradox- An incredible explanation to the story line and the confusion of time travel. Number 5 meeting his older self and realizing his doom was very interesting. It sort of answers the begging question of if you mess up the timeline and don't actually exist, what happens when you still do exist.
  5. The "Dad"- His growth in this season was a great one. He learned to bond with Klaus and tried to make amends for the hurt of The Umbrella Academy's father. However, the writers kept the suspicion that he was not really who we thought, that he still had ill intent. Low and behold everyone was right about that.
  6. Five- He was kept consistent with minor character growth. His enjoyable old man in a younger body always makes the story. I think his story was expanded on in a nice way
  7. Allison- I like what they did with her character arc. She has gone through so much and was always the one trying to do good by the universe. But with so much being taken away and reality slipping from her fingers, of course she was bound to break.
  8. Diego, Klaus, and Luther- These characters kept the most consistency within the group. They had their own stories and arcs but were all seemingly the relief of normalcy that we need in such a heavy concept of time travel. Especially with Klaus finding out his deepest power: Immortality (a nice connection to "Misfits" with the same Robert Sheehan).
  9. Group Dynamic- Everyone seems to hold true to themselves and have a rational character arc. There are serious issues with an underlying humor that makes it enjoyable to follow along with.
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Critiques

  1. The "Dad"- I'm not quite sure how I feel yet about his new backstory. It almost feels like he has SO much power and manipulation that it cancels any other power out. This may be intentional but it feels like a sort of cop out or back fall to the story line. If he is really this alternate universe alien, why does he not just fully get what he wants at all times? Maybe Season 4 will help ease some of this confusion.
  2. Five- Though I loved the paradox and him meeting his fate (or destiny) as his 100 year old self, I still think something was missing with this. Much like with the "dad", I feel like his story is just too perfect. Like no matter what something is going to lay out in front of him. We don't even need to question his fate. Almost as if he is so smart and so talented that we don't really get to see his humanity or feel worried.
  3. Sparrow Academy- Don't get me wrong, I loved this addition and dynamic between families, but I still feel like these characters weren't fully developed. Ben seemed a little too opposite his old self. The others were decent but mostly disposable. Every script has these types of characters, but it would have been nice to be a little more worried about their fate.
  4. Lila and Diego's "son"- I'm not sure if this kid added much to the story line. It seemed like intentional fluff just to keep some things interesting. But it wasn't as interesting as it could have been. However, there may be more to him in Season 4. Just not much holding with his appearance in this season. I honestly wasn't too phased that he vanished. Maybe this was intentional to show how numb the characters are to their reality. Or just simply poor development.

Final Thoughts

Overall I loved this Season! It had enough intrigue, character dynamic, humor, and more questions to keep me clicking "next episode". I ended up spending the 4th of July binging this entire season. No regrets.

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Final Rating

Final Rating

Star Rating Scale

1= Completely Unwatchable
2= Has a decent structure- difficult to watch
3= Good structure- enjoyable
4= Great structure- enjoyable- intriguing
5= Perfection- no complaints

© 2022 Kara Hoglund

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