The Temps Commission were a key feature in the earlier seasons of The Umbrella Academy but took a backseat in season 3.
The organization that Five and the rest of the Umbrella Academy have a complicated relationship with makes a brief appearance in season 3 and it turns out to be a particularly significant one. Let’s take a look at why.
The Temps Commission is an organization that oversees and manages the time-space continuum to make sure everything that is supposed to happen, happens.
When Five gets lost in time, The Handler (Kate Walsh) finds him and recruits him to the Commission where he becomes one of their most successful assassins. After learning about the impending apocalypse and going back to join his family and stop it, The Handler sends two assassins, Hazel and Cha Cha, to kill Five and thwart his efforts but they are ultimately unsuccessful.
In season 2, The Handler has been demoted from her high ranking position for her failure to reign in Five and she doesn’t take it well. Through her plotting and planning, she makes a deal with Five assuring him a time-travelling briefcase and safe passage home in exchange for him slaughtering the Board of Directors of The Commission including A. J. Carmichael (Robin Atkin Downes).
When The Handler eventually double-crosses The Umbrella Academy and arrives in 1963 with an army of agents after taking control of the Commission, Victor takes out all the agents. The Handler is finally killed by the last remaining Swede assassin.
Following her death, Herb (Ken Hall) is chosen as the interim chairman as they aim to take a more morally good approach to maintain the space-time continuum.
Apart from Five, Diego was also a member of the Temps Commission for a short period while Lila was manipulated by The Handler and was trained as her personal operative.
The Founder and the end
After Five sees that two briefcases are malfunctioning, he concludes that there must be something catastrophically wrong with the timeline. He later learns that someone or something has caused a grandfather paradox.
He and Lila combine to jumpstart one of the briefcases and visit The Commission. They arrive at what looks like a nuclear wasteland and after checking the Infinite Switchboard, Five realises everyone else was wiped out because the universe is collapsing on itself.
Lila gets her hands on the Commission Master Handbook and together they read that in the case of a grandfather paradox, the Founder and any essential personnel would be taken to the Operations Bunker.
They set about looking for the bunker and when they eventually find it, Five gets the shock of a lifetime when he sees that the Founder is none other than himself. His older self then tells him about the Kugelblitz and how there is no stopping the end of the universe.
When Five presses on how to combat the Kugelblitz, the older Five shares his final words telling his younger self not to save the world and then breathing his last breath.
In the comics
The Temps Commission is also known as the Temps Aeternalis in the comics and is a purely villainous organization led by A. J. Carmichael, a talking goldfish. He is one of the primary antagonists from the comics, however, many of his exploits were carried out by the Handler in the television series.
Hazel and Cha Cha are considered the deadliest assassins of the Temps Aeternalis and are both male in the comics. They both wear brightly colored cartoon character masks and have an insane love for murder and sugary snacks. They were called upon to eliminate a defecting Five but after falling to do so, they were eventually killed by Klaus at the end of the ‘Dallas’ storyline.