The Umbrella Academy season 3 review: A worthy addition to the sci-fi franchise 

In season 3 of The Umbrella Academy, the siblings race against time to save the world from the effects of a paradox they have inadvertently created by existing. The new season is now streaming on Netflix.

Story

After returning to the present day, The Umbrella Academy is greeted by the revelation that they have been replaced by The Sparrow Academy.

And as usual, they have managed to bring the end of the world with them. A mini black hole has been created due to their presence.

As it begins to devour everything in the universe, the siblings must race against time to save the world once again.

The situation is further complicated by Reginald Hargreeves’ mysterious Project Oblivion, which could hold the answer to their problems but at what cost?

Will they succeed in saving the world for the third time in a row? Or is it finally the end for The Umbrella Academy?

Performances

Robert Sheehan, as Klaus Hargreeves is once again the showstopper for the season. His character makes the show much more enjoyable, adding the most of the humour.

Aidan Gallagher, as Five, continues to be one of the strong performers, manifesting a mature personality in the body of a child.

Viktor and Allison, played by Elliot Page and Emmy Raver-Lampman respectively, are excellent in portraying their complicated relationship.

With a host of characters, The Umbrella Academy only works because of the equation between the siblings, and that remains the strongest aspect of the franchise.

Positives

The season is quite engaging. Unlike previous instalments, the siblings are all together for the most part, which results in enjoyable sequences of humour and banter.

It is quite unpredictable, and you’ll find twists and turns laid all across the ten episodes. It’s never quite what it seems to be.

The narrative also addresses a number of loose ends from the previous seasons, which were left uncertain after Reginald Hargreeves’ death.

The Sparrow Academy provides a great set of new characters, each with a different personality, making the season feel fresher. Sloane and Lila also make great new members of The Umbrella Academy family.

The transition of Vanya to Viktor is handled well and never seems out of place. Kudos to the creators for this.

Negatives

The ten-episode runtime feels longer than needed with each season and it’s the same here. The narrative drags at points, and eight episodes would have made it tighter and more engaging.

Luther’s character, while humorous at times, has been dumbed down without explanation. How can a character suddenly lose most of his intelligence. This also makes him a much weaker one-tone character compared to others.

Verdict

The Umbrella Academy season 3 builds on what already works for the show as well as expanding the lore. Overall, it won’t disappoint you.

Rating: 3.5/5


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