Katelyn Chostner, Editor-in-Chief
Netflix released “The Umbrella Academy” Feb. 15 of this year. The show is based off a comic series surprisingly created by Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance. Netflix’s original is created by Jeremy Slater who also worked on shows like “Death Note” and “Fantastic Four.”
Recently, Netflix canceled many Marvel shows from their platform including “Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher.” While the removals are speculated to be because of Disney’s streaming service, Netflix users are left to wonder about the interface’s overall product. “The Umbrella Academy” gives hope for comic-driven series on Netflix.
The Netflix original series follows a group of seven people who were all adopted by the same billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, played by Colm Feore. Hargreeves’ adoptive children are anything but ordinary; they have super powers. At the beginning of the episode, it is explained that 43 children, including the seven that were adopted, were born at the same exact time and day. Hargreeves’ decided to seek them out and take them to his home in the U.S.
His children are played by Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Aidan Gallagher (Number 5) and Justin H. Min (Ben). The series glosses over their childhood’s in Hargreeves’ home filled with routine, regimens and super hero trainings. They were forced to fight many villains while they were young.
Eventually, the family was broken up over time and reunited at the beginning of the episode because of the death of Hargreeves. When they reunite, viewers see that not all of the original seven are there.
During the first episode, their brother Ben’s death is mentioned several times. The episode doesn’t say what happened leaving viewers speculating. Number 5, whose power is time traveling, is also missing. He later returns in the episode and reveals the premise of the series: the world is ending. In exactly a week, the original seven will have to mend broken ties and save the world.
The series premiered with a strong episode leaving viewers emotionally invested in each character. As the show revealed their superpowers or lack thereof, we became attached. Micah Peters wrote a review covering the new Netflix series that rocked back and forth from enthusiastic to hesitation.
Peters wrote, “If you like dark and weird and funny with a gooey emotional center and aren’t opposed to just gobs of ultraviolence, you can now stream the ‘biggest digital show in the U.S.’ in full.” The review also said, “We’re left to get acquainted with another host of lesser antiheroes, and how many different ways can there be to tell that kind of story, really?”
The series consists of 10 episodes that may or may not impress fans. So far, the series stands up to challenge Marvel shows. While it’s still fairly new, the characters are rapidly developing, and the plot is being revealed with deeper meaning as the show carries past the first episode. The series does a great job of getting the viewers to be curious about each character. The further watchers get in the series the more characters reveal about their history. I have been surprised every episode in the season.
If the show flops for the majority of viewers, Netflix users will be left with few other shows to watch that might match Marvel’s. Hopefully, with the full use of emotions, childhood trauma and super heroes “The Umbrella Academy” will prove it’s worth to fans.
It’s safe to say viewers might be a little reserved when it comes to the new series. While the “The Umbrella Academy” is a shift from the Marvel shows that Netflix users are accustomed to, it should be a changed that is welcomed. After all, it’s a preface into the post-Marvel world of Netflix.