Warning: This story contains small spoilers from seasons 1 and 2 of the “Umbrella Academy”.
Who needs confident confident superheroes, spandex? You were there, do it. At Umbrella Academy, the Netflix show uses a malfunction and skin to create a fantastic – and cinematic – form in the genre.
The show, now in its second season, follows the bizarre, wild adventures of seven adopted children, six of whom have unique powers and grew up to be superheroes by their manipulative father. But his tactics left them hurt and emotionally unhappy, and after years of weirdness, the now-adult sisters unite to prevent an apocalypse on April 1, 2019.
For the defendants, their sisters and superpowers include:
- Klaus (Robert Sheehan), a drug addict turned weird prophet who can conceive the dead;
- Ben (Justin H. Min), who can summon multidimensional tentacles within him to fight evil people. (Hey, we said the show was weird and wild);
- Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman, “Hamilton”), who can get people to do things by saying, “I heard a rumor,” followed by an order such as “you punched yourself in the head.” , as she speaks kindly to one of her sisters and sisters in Season 2;
- Luther (Tom Hopper, “Game of Thrones”), who has strange strength and an equally formidable, gorilla-like body;
- Diego (David Castañeda), who can stab enemies with mind-blowing precision;
- Vanya (Ellen Page, “Juno”), his abilities as a not-so-distant superhero – we will not spoil things for those who have not seen Season 1 – do not appear until later in life;
- five (16-year-old Nickelodeon alum Aidan Gallagher), a child of time and space who is actually a 58-year-old in the body of a teenager.
Unfortunately, at the end of season 1, the band realizes that they will fail in their mission and collectively travel back in time, in the face of a devastating Earth cataclysm, in order to correct their mistakes. In Season 2, now available, let’s just say their time travel did not go as planned: They individually end up in different years in the 1960s in a plot fueled by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd. , 1963.
Executive producer Steve Blackman recently spoke with The Post about why it’s the right time to occupy season 1 and jump into Season 2.
1. The time for the apocalyptic show seems right.
“I think it’s weird, a little bit. It’s amazing – our show feels a little more on time than ever before. We’re done. [filming Season 2] in Thanksgiving last year, and if you were to ask me if I thought we would be in this pandemic all over the world, this extraordinary Free Black movement, I would not believe it. “
Season 2 begins with a 7-minute opening sequence, which turns into the plot – and its placement of the Season 1 Final – in his head.
“It was really a difficult sequence to make. Except for the tank and the people and a bit of rubble, nothing was really there. It was too tricky and tricky to shoot. From an emotional standpoint, I wanted to show the audience. , from the beginning, what were the actions for the season.You are actually seeing the failed ending, the nuke fight, the weekend that is happening before us, to say if they can not adjust the timeline and find out what they did wrong, this is the result.I thought it was really interesting to start at the end of the story and say “they have to make this mistake.” It was just a very dramatic way to do it.Plus, it makes it very open cold. ”
3. The actors were game for CGI.
“They read it in the script and they were like, ‘Wait a second – how can we get rid of this?’ For that great battle, she was just trying to explain to them, ‘Okay, there will be something flying here on this wall.’ For a long time they were just looking at places where there was nothing. there, green screen only. But we had them on the wire, lifting people – like, Ellen Page soared into the air. But they were blown away when they saw the final product and said, ‘Oh, wow – that’s amazing’. “
4. Fans can have fun meditating on which superpower of the character they would like to have.
“I would certainly use the ability of the Five to travel in time. A, I am fascinated by time travel. B, I do not need to go back to another period of time, but I would like to just go back two minutes and undo something I said is immature, like, ‘He sucked, buddy.’ That would be a very powerful thing. “
5. Aidan Gallagher, the 16-year-old who plays five, drops his role from the park.
“He is a phenomenon. Character Five is very complicated because he is embodying a 58-year-old man, with all the skills and gravity of that story, and he has gone through apocalypse. Aidan just manages to bring that kind of weight to this character, that is amazing for a kid who started when he was 13. I went through hundreds of actors until I found him.He was a small kid when I first met him.He was a bit in a big chair where he was sitting.But I knew the moment he sat down to audition, it was him.I saw it in his eyes – he had a certain way of holding himself.Everything he does is thought through.Methodisms – he is everything in detail. “
6. The sound is very delightful and wonderful, using Maxine Nightingale’s 1976 hit album “Right Back Where We Started From” for the opening sequence of season 2 travel.
“Music is a character of our show – it ‘s not just used as background music. We really do it differently. Many shows add music after the fact; I chose the songs ahead of time. “It sets the tone for the season. It’s going to be a fun ride on the tracks with emotions, humor and general weirdness. It just brings you right to those feelings.”
7. The opening battle also finds use for Frank Sinatra’s 1969 classic “My Way.”
“What ‘s great about what we’re trying to do on the show is that we want to get music that should not work together, things that should contrast and not mix – and make them work. literally you don’t think ‘My Way’ should be over the sequence of the end of the world, but for some reason it does.Frank just has that voice and that belief.But I just thought it’s a great song that builds a crescent and, just as the scene is half crescent, we unite the two worlds as Frank descends from ‘My Way’ – and then the world ends.
8. Cameron Britton time travel character Hazel tells Five, “If you want to live, come with me.” Is it a homage to the “Come with me if you want to live” line from the “Terminator” movies?
“I do not think it was intentional. [Laughs] It never happened to me, but now that I think about it, you may be right. I think that was a bit important for that day, which Cameron and Aidan had so much fun shooting. When we do accidental homage like this, there is no shame in that. Sometimes you just can’t help yourself. “