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You can’t stand under their umbrella: A review of “The Umbrella Academy” Season 3

A column straight from the unorthodox mind of Jamie Miller. Often written during the middle of the night, Miller provides reviews of TV shows and movies, books, and details life through from his perspective (artwork by Abby Haywood/The Collegiate).

By Jamie Miller

Greetings, dear Nightlighters, it is I, “the night time inclined wacky wordsmith” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now, friends, as you may remember, I did a review of “The Umbrella Academy”. Well, the third season dropped on Netflix on June 22, so I figured I might as well review it. 

Season three picks up immediately where season two left off, the academy saved the world yet again and in the process they greatly altered the timeline. As a result, they find themselves in an alternative timeline, in which they were never adopted and the Umbrella Academy was never created. In its place exists the Sparrow academy, a very different group from the Umbrellas, they are twice as powerful and four times as demented. However, the Sparrows are the least of our heroes’ worries as something else is brewing, something that threatens not just the lives of the Umbrellas and the Sparrows, but the universe itself.

Along with the returning main cast, this season brings some new faces to the series. Joining the series are Genesis Rodriguez, known for voicing Honey Lemon in “Big Hero Six,” as Sloane/ sparrow number five who possesses the ability to control gravity and is far less aggressive than her adopted siblings. Britne Oldford, known for roles in TV shows such as “American Horror Story: Asylum” and “Skins,” plays the part of Fei/sparrow number three, a blind member of the sparrows with the ability to manifest and control crows to see for her and attack. 

Justin Cornwell who starred in the short lived “Training Day” series, plays the role of Marcus/sparrow number one, he possesses superhuman strength and is the leader of the sparrows. Jake Epstine of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” fame fulfills the role of Alphonso/sparrow number four, a scarred and deformed member of the sparrows with the ability to reflect some physical harm dealt against him back to his opponent. 

Cazzi David known for writing and starring in “Eighty-Sixed” plays the part of Jayme/number 3 who possesses the ability to spit hallucinogenic venom. Justin H. Min who portrayed the deceased Ben Hargreeves in seasons one and  two plays an alternate version of the character. This version of him is far different than the caring young man from seasons past, as this version is a borderline sociopath: cruel, arrogant and uncaring. 

This season…was OK, it wasn’t horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it wasn’t great either. It has great humor and action just as seasons past. However it’s just… off even by its normal standards, the character formerly known as Vanya comes out as transgender largely due to the actor protraying him, Elliot Page, being the same, yet it’s barely addressed at all. Basically he does some soul searching for one episode and then announces it to his family and that’s it. There’s no real buildup to it and it just kinda seems like a ploy to draw in viewers as well as a major missed opportunity to include an important moment both for character and actor. Instead it became an afterthought and some of the character motivations are also a bit skewed. Still, overall it was a good season, I give it about six torches out of 10, not as good as season one or two but still worth a watch.


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