Friday, February 15, 2019

The Umbrella Academy: Episode 4


4. Man on the Moon
Seven years ago, Luther was the only one left at the academy. His father sends him to a fatal mission. He injects him a serum to save his life, and he wakes up with simian mutations on his body. Five ambushes the Meritech personnel again. Hazel and Cha-Cha torture Klaus and get high on one of his cannabis chocolates, after which they pay Meritech Prosthetics a visit and set it on fire. Luther and Diego team up and find Five drunk at the public library. Allison goes to Vanya’s apartment and walks in on Leonard sneaking out. The sisters go out for drinks and Allison warns Vanya about him. Vanya finds out that he left flowers for her in the kitchen. What she doesn’t know is that he stole her bottle of meds and emptied the contents down the drain. Diego’s ex, detective Eudora Patch (Ashley Madekwe), finds a captive Klaus at the motel. She is shot by Cha-Cha and later found dead by Diego. Klaus escapes and takes the duo’s briefcase with him. He opens it on the bus and with a flash of blinding light, he and the case are gone.


Hazel and Cha-Cha getting high is such a mood. What’s established is that they have killed A LOT of people. This episode is good because it focuses on Klaus and his powers. It can be useful in certain scenarios, to be honest. I also appreciate the backstory they come up with for him. Now it is understandable as to why he can’t and doesn’t want to stay sober. It must be maddening to be haunted by spirits all day every day, and that flashback on how his father treated him and tried to have him deal with his powers the hard way is just downright cruel. No wonder the guy is so broken. It’s also nice that Ben is there for him somehow. So, what does the briefcase actually contain? Is it a time traveling device? Is that the reason why Hazel and Cha-Cha’s weaponry are from the distant past? Are they time travelling assassins who just want better work-related benefits? It’s funny but I relate to every occupational rant Hazel throws at Cha-Cha all the time. And of course, creepy Leonard. Why do you want Vanya off her meds? What’s your MO, dude?

“You must become the master of your own life, Number Four, or it will become the master of you.” –Reginald Hargreeves

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