Netflix released its latest show, The Umbrella Academy Season 1 last week. The show has received mostly positive reviews from the critics. However, fans have been giving a mixed response. The show basically involves adopted siblings of a dysfunctional family coming together following their father’s death.
The Umbrella Academy is based on comic books of the same name created by Dark Horse comics. Let us take a closer look at The Umbrella Academy Season 1 recap:
The Umbrella Academy Season 1 Recap
The first season of The Umbrella Academy features 10 episodes of one hour each. The Umbrella Academy Season 1 builds the story and sets the world that the characters live in. The show starts off by establishing how all of these characters came together in the late 80s.
As it progresses, The Umbrella Academy Season 1 moves into the present day. All the characters have grown up and are going through their individual story arcs. However, the estranged siblings all come together for their father’s funeral. It is from this point on that they work together towards solving the mystery of their father’s death.
The Umbrella Academy on Netflix vs Comic Books
Comic book fans seem to be among the hardest segment to please. They’ve had a critical opinion about Captain Marvel – and they are displeased with The Umbrella Academy Season 1 as well. Fans were quick to point out a number of differences between the comics and the show.
The Umbrella Academy comic books featured ‘mom’ as a tin can-like robot. However, in the Netflix show, she seems to have quite an Android-like presence. Another aspect that upset the fans was that the superpowers of Klaus and Diego have completely been changed when compared to the comics!
The Umbrella Academy Season 1: What Was Good?
The kind of focus that the show had on the character of Number 5 was very interesting. While every character on the show has their own arc going on (along with the main storyline), Number 5’s conflicts are of a much greater level. His problems are those of ‘how to save the world from destruction!’
Furthermore, while the superpowers of the characters have been changed in The Umbrella Academy Season 1 as compared to the comicbooks – they all express certain emotions of the character. This is indeed a very well thought out and well-written show. While the first half of the season was just average, the second half makes for quite an interesting watch!
The Umbrell Academy Season 1: What Didn’t Work?
What didn’t work out for The Umbrella Academy Season 1 was the fact that the creators of the show perhaps went a little overboard. 10 episodes seem a little too long for the show and there are some moments which just feel unrequired!
The character of Vanya (played by Ellen Page) is also quite disappointing. As opposed to the comicbooks, they’ve made her one of the dullest and the most boring characters on the show. However, there are a few moments where she gets to shine too!