Season 1 also ended on an apocalyptic cliffhanger, so I really didn’t know what to expect from Umbrella Academy Season 2.
No one knew what to expect when The Umbrella Academy debuted on Netflix in February 2019, but what we got was a stylish new superhero series on par with anything out of the Netflix-Marvel alliance. Season 1 also ended on an apocalyptic cliffhanger, so I really didn’t know what to expect from Umbrella Academy Season 2.
What we got, it turns out, is basically Season 1 remixed with a few extra flourishes. But for fans of The Umbrella Academy, that may be the best news possible.
The first season of Umbrella Academy ended with the Hargreeve family of adopted superheroes travelling back in time to escape an apocalypse caused by their own sister Vanya (Ellen Page). But, as things tend to go for this team of misfits, their plan backfired. Season 2 opens by revealing that the members of the Umbrella Academy have been scattered across three years of the early ’60s, all dropping into the same alley in Dallas, Texas before heading off on their own adventures. When Number Five (Aidan Gallager) finally shows up in 1963 to witness an unexpected apocalypse, he’s given a little more than a week to reassemble his siblings and save the world, again.
Again is probably the best word to describe Umbrella Academy Season 2. The team is separated and then reunited, again. Five has to save the world, again. Vanya loses her memory, again.
And that’s not a coincidence. Showrunner Steve Blackman tells Inverse he’s been planning this since Season 1.
“I already knew where I wanted to go with Season 2,” he says. “They brought the apocalypse with them. They ran from it, but they didn’t run far enough because here it is again. I wanted them to bring a type of apocalypse with them that they’re directly responsible for and have to fix.”