The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Review: 8 Ups & 2 Downs

A thrilling, hilarious, improved second season.

The Umbrella Academy

Netflix's The Umbrella Academy kicked off last year with an acclaimed if slightly uneven debut season, offering up an appealingly irreverent twist on typical superhero TV, despite some pacing and storytelling issues.

It's a sure pleasure to report, then, that season two remedies most of the prior season's nagging issues, while delivering a terrifically entertaining story which sees the superhero siblings scattered across the early 1960s as they attempt to prevent a new apocalyptic threat.

Taking a potentially familiar end-of-the-world narrative and adorning it with a slew of gleefully inventive time travel shenanigans, it's sure to leave fans of the first season impressed by the uptick in both its character work and off-the-wall storytelling.

Though the second season doesn't pull an immediate 180 for those left cold by what came before, it nevertheless feels like a mostly superior follow-up which changes just enough while further emphasising everything that worked about the first year.

If you're feeling starved of quality superhero media right now, fear not because the drought is most certainly over. But first, here's what season two didn't quite get right...


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