Friday, February 15, 2019

The Umbrella Academy: Episode 7


7. The Day That Was
Harold Jenkins was born on the same day as the 43, but at a different time and without powers. Obsessed with the Umbrella Academy, he believes that he should be part of the team, but he is humiliated by Reginald. Suffering from emotional abuse, he murders his father and gets 12 years in prison. As he gets out at present day, he camps outside the mansion, retrieves Reginald’s diary tossed by Klaus in the trash, and zeroes in on Vanya as an aspiring student named Leonard Peabody. Five’s reappearance resets his siblings’ day. Luther turns to liquor and parties the night away. Diego gets arrested for his ex the detective’s murder. Five collapses due to a gunshot wound and goes on bed rest. Allison investigates Jenkins on her own. Klaus summons their father instead of his GI lover and discovers that the old man committed suicide to get the siblings back together to prevent the apocalypse. Leonard takes Vanya to his family’s vacation home where they get assaulted and she kills two of the three drunkards with her powers.


Oh. Okay. So Haroleonard is the “Syndrome” of this show. Remember the first Incredibles movie where the kid was also lambasted for not being special? Except that Haroleonard is not really special and does not even take inspiration from our boy Syndrome who dedicated his life to becoming a high-tech supervillain. In this regard, vengeance is the only similarity that these two villains share. As for Vanya’s powers, I still don’t understand what it is. Is it, like, a force field thingy that can also be used actively a la Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four? Whatever it is, it looks powerful to me. Perhaps this is the reason why she was isolated as a kid, because she is more powerful than all of them and was a threat? Oh well, the father is a douche anyhow. I know he just wanted the kids to maximize their potential but surely there must have been a better way to do that. But then again we wouldn’t have such a dysfunctional family if he did it any other way. In any case, what a difference, a butterfly effect, resetting an entire day makes!

“Chasing something unattainable is a recipe for a lifetime of disappointment and resentment.” –Reginald Hargreeves

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