The Umbrella Academy: the next show to binge watch

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The Umbrella Academy: the next show to binge watch

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   If you’ve heard of the show The Umbrella Academy recently it’s no surprise. It seems as though everyone and their mother has watched or is currently watching this show. For good reason, this show has quickly become a fan favorite. This bizarre new show is yet another spin on the superhero fantasy but in a way cooler way than you’ve ever seen. The story is about how one day, 43 women who were never pregnant before giving birth to a child. When a billionaire, Sir Reginald Hargreeves discovers this phenomenon, he makes it his mission to adopt as many of the children as he can. He only succeeds in adopting 7 of the 43 children. Each of the children is known to have different power, each revealed to have their own downfalls throughout the first season.

    This unique take on superheroes is both fascinating and disturbing at times. With robot mothers, talking apes, part animal people, time travel and many other twists, The Umbrella Academy will leave you speechless at each new development in the plot. With suspense and mystery as well as some light-hearted comedy thrown in, this show has it all. Available to stream on Netflix, you won’t want to watch anything else until you find out what happens to these 7 estranged siblings. The series is based on a collection of comics and graphic novels created and written by none other than My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way. Watching the entirety of the first season on Netflix has left something to be desired, and I am tempted to start reading the comics to find out more about the background as well as where the plot could possibly go. The comics and the show have some noticeable differences, that I’m aware of. I think it would be especially interesting to read the comic and see how closely related the two are.

There has yet to be any news on whether or not the show will be given a second season, as it is still a new release. Although, writers are optimistic about the show’s future. Since it is both a comic and a show, Gerard Way was quoted by the Radio Times saying “The goal for us is to stay ahead of the show, and since we’re on series three [of the comics], we are now ahead of the show. So that’s a good thing. The idea with the comic is to go right from series three, take a three-to-four-month break, then go right into series four. That is kind of our schedule to keep us on track. So there is story there and it’s all planned out.”

I am already such a fan of this series, and I know that many others have begun to love it as well, I think that as long as the writers keep working on it, The Umbrella Academy has a bright future ahead.

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