Friday, February 15, 2019

The Umbrella Academy: Episode 3


3. Extra Ordinary
Five years ago, Vanya wrote a tell-all book about the Umbrella Academy which caused friction with her siblings. After getting lambasted by a mean girl at her orchestra about not being special, she seeks refuge in Leonard. Five camps outside Meritech Prosthetics but does not seem to be getting anywhere until he sees the personnel hand over a package to someone in a car. He spatial jumps and follows them. Upon seeing old footage with Allison, Luther is convinced that their robotic Stepford Wives mother Grace (Jordan Claire Robbins) might have killed the old man. Vanya argues that she was programmed to be a protector and that her recent failures might point to hardware damage. The siblings vote whether to deactivate her, much to Diego’s chagrin because of his emotional bond with her. Hazel and Cha-Cha trace Five’s residence back to the academy and attack the mansion where a battle ensues with Luther, Diego, and Allison. They retreat, but not without taking Klaus hostage, unbeknownst to his siblings.


Finally, we see the siblings in action. Well, not all of them. At least, not yet. I feel for Vanya. There’s nothing more frustrating than being surrounded by kids who are special and making you feel useless next to them. This whole seeking refuge in Leonard thing is kind of suspect, though. I mean, there must be more to the guy than being just a mere love interest. He is already creepy enough as he is, like, in a stalker kinda way. That battle scene just further rubs salt to the wound, especially after Diego calls her a liability. As for Diego, it is made clear that he is the Mama’s boy in the group. I love how they managed to create an emotional storyline between him and a freaking robot. As for Werewolf Luther, don’t ask me. I am just as confused as you are. Perhaps that question will be answered in the next few episodes. Anyway, I just can’t hate on Hazel and Cha-Cha. I know they are the only antagonists so far but they have been characterized in a twistedly sympathetic way. They seem like reluctant puppets whose strings are just being pulled.

“We were never a real family. We were our father's creation, family in name but not in fact.” –Vanya

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