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So it’s concerned this. Not completion of the world– that was avoided in the previous episode– however completion of … well, completion of something, as the finale’s title cheekily proclaims. Something ominous is decreasing on Sissy’s farm, and it’s going to take the combined may of the Umbrella Academy to take care of it and set the timeline normal-ish once again.

And since this is a superhero show, the service primarily involves a great deal of punching and kicking. If the penultimate episode wrapped up most of Umbrella Academy‘s emotional beats, the season finale is the program’s possibility to display its special-effects spending plan, with much of the runtime invested in a fancy, blockbuster-esque action scene at the farm.

At initially, it looks like Vanya might require to handle it solo.

The Hargreeves kids get here at the farm to find Harlan caught in some kind of scary energy cyclone. As Vanya tries to assist him, the Handler gets here to abduct Harlan and dispense with Five and his meddlesome brother or sisters as soon as and for all.

Our heroes in some way make it through being shot at by an ungodly number of maker weapons– due to the fact that apparently the Commission’s most dangerous representatives can’t strike even a single, human-sized target– and Vanya’s White Violin powers are adequate to dispatch with all of them.

Umbrella Academy doesn’t come right out and state it, but as far as I can inform, Lila’s power is a little like X-Men‘s Rogue: She can borrow the superpower of anybody she faces. (I’m uncertain why she didn’t use this power at any of the many, lots of other time it would have been useful this season, but I’ll provide Umbrella Academy some rope for wanting to cram in one last twist.) As Lila squares off against the Hargreeves kids, she uses each of their powers versus them: blasting Vanya with an acoustic wave, buying Allison to stop breathing, and teleporting all over the location in a Matrix– y standoff with Five.

This twist retroactively discusses some of the Handler’s more confusing decisions throughout the season.

Abducting him is a chance for the Handler to add to her currently significant power, so it makes a grim kind of sense when she slips into the barn and shoots every single member of the Umbrella Academy, as well as Lila, in favor of a fresh start with Harlan.

For a minute– if you’re feeling exceptionally credulous– you might wonder what a 3rd season of Umbrella Academy centered on a silent Swedish assassin and a kid with a wonderful superpower might look like. (Hey, it’s not that different than The Mandalorian) However this is, naturally, another fake-out. Five utilizes his time-travel powers enough time to rewind everything and play out a better variation, without any one however the Handler getting assassinated this time around.

And so the world is saved. Again. Which suggests the remainder of the episode is invested in loose ends and teases for a third season. Lila takes a time briefcase and teleports away, but she’s bound to pop back up at some inconvenient point in the future. The Swedish assassin, having concluded that the Handler was his real enemy the whole time, leaves without killing anyone else. Vanya reabsorbs Harlan’s superpowers, saving him from the sort of childhood that was so painful for her to endure. And Vanya and Sissy share a tearful farewell, with Sissy preparing to take Harlan to California to raise him in peace and safety– though they vow to reunite if the timelines ever allow it, so who understands?

With everything basically resolved, it’s time for the Hargreeves kids to go back to2019 And an ungenerous audience might question what the point of all of this was. If Umbrella Academy‘s 2nd season was basically one long shaggy dog story designed to return whatever to the status quo at the beginning of the series, did any of this matter?

The program’s response to that question can be found in a letter that Allison leaves for Ray. The timeline is back to typical, she says, however her time in it has altered her. “The fight for a much better world is never over, and all of us have options to make,” she composes. “And we have to live with the effects prior to we find the right way house.”

Here, Umbrella Academy is making the case that internal character development is just as essential as whatever actually happens on the planet. The impact on specific people like Ray and Sissy may be little in a practical sense, however their experiences– and the impact on the people who enjoyed them, like Allison and Vanya– is simply as earth-shattering an occasion as, well, completion of the world.

And while I can appreciate that on a thematic level, I have to confess: I ‘d be a little bummed if the entirety of season 2 was simply an extended Wizard of Oz riff, with the Hargreeves children returning to 2019 to discover that there’s no place like home.

That’s why I was alleviated when the Umbrella Academy got here back in 2019 to find that everything appears a little … off.

Yes, it ends up dabbling with the past can have some genuine repercussions after all– because in this2019, the Umbrella Academy does not exist at all. “This is the Sparrow Academy,” states Reginald Hargreeves, as our heroes fulfill their shadowy doppelgängers– apparently led by the very-much-not-dead Ben Hargreeves. “Father, who are these assholes?” Ben asks as the Umbrella Academy stand awkwardly in the center of the living room. Now that’s going to be a long story.

My best guess is that the more youthful Reginald’s encounters with his future children in 1963 altered his method to parenting, which resulted in the alternate-universe Sparrow Academy versions of the kids (and in some way prevented Ben’s death).

– After his strong work throughout the second season, I’m truly thankful Umbrella Academy discovered a method to keep Justin H. Minutes in the cast without reversing Ben’s poignant death.

– It’s difficult to gauge whether the shadowy figures that comprise the Sparrow Academy are physically various than the Umbrella Academy, but at the minimum, it didn’t look to me like Sparrow Luther had his large ape torso.

– Now that the season is over, it deserves noting that Dallas– the 2nd major plot arc of the Umbrella Academy comics– utilizes this very same basic setting and premise in a much various (and much darker) way. I ‘d motivate fans of the TV program to check it out, if only to see how extremely an adaptation can differ from its source material.

– The episode opens with a beginning set in 2006, as the 17- year-old Hargreeves kids assemble for Ben’s funeral service. Reginald provides a characteristically grim eulogy that may likewise offer a clue to his genuine objective: “The world has plenty of injustice, the good and the bad die, and this cosmic formula will never change unless wicked itself is wiped from existence.”

– I make certain there are a ton of easter eggs concealed in the army of Commission agents who get to the farm, and I anticipate Umbrella Academy fans studying the sequence, Zapruder-style, and posting screenshots of their findings online.

– Luther conserves Allison from suffocating with mouth-to-mouth, which undoubtedly turns into a kiss. No thanks!

– There’s a beat in the closing montage when Vanya puts her head on Diego’s shoulder, which feels like a nod to the brother or sisters’ more detailed relationship in the comics (where it’s likewise hinted– ugh!– that Diego may be nursing a crush on her).

– Sissy and Harlan are off to begin a brand-new life in California– and a quick shot exposes that Harlan can still levitate stuff with his superpowers, so apparently Vanya didn’t take in everything. I’m not actually sure why they remain in the clear for Carl’s death– it’s not like authorities are simply going to shrug and give up when they find Carl dead and his family missing out on– but Umbrella Academy paints this as a pleased ending, so I think I will too.

– The sole making it through Swedish assassin winds up signing up with the Destiny’s Kid cult, so maybe he’ll discover some peace after all.

– Pleased for Herb and Dot, who appear like the perfect pair to lead The Commission into a far less homicidal future.

– I’m bummed A.J. Carmichael didn’t get revenge on The Handler after all, and that whole character ended up sensation like a missed opportunity. Possibly he’ll turn up in another timeline.

– The tune in the closing montage is a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” by Parra for Cuva (featuring Anna Naklab). You can listen to it here.

– Which’s a wrap on Umbrella Academy season two! Thanks for reading along, and feel free to share your ideas on the season in the remarks below. See you once again whenever the Sparrow Academy opens its doors for season 3!

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