Friday, July 31, 2020

The Umbrella Academy: Episode 12



12. The Frankel Footage
Waking up from a coma, The Handler returns to work only to find out that she’s been replaced by AJ (Robin Atkin Downes), a talking goldfish. She is demoted to Five’s previous position before his betrayal. Luther is hesitant to help Five, having fully adjusted to his new life as the bodyguard of the gangster who will assassinate Lee Harvey Oswald. He later finds Vanya through Carl (Stephan Bogaert), the husband of Sissy (Marin Ireland) and father of Harlan (Justin Paul Kelly) who take her in. He apologizes to her but refuses to fill in the gaps in her memory. Allison’s husband Ray is arrested and ends up in jail with Klaus who was arrested for stealing a pick-up truck. Five finds Diego and Lila who escape from the asylum. He also discovers the Frankel Footage, a tape that Hazel slipped into his pocket which shows their father at the Grassy Knoll during JFK’s assassination. The two brothers track Reginald and find him along with a younger Pogo who attacks Five. Diego engages in a duel with their father and is stabbed, left bleeding on the floor.


Once again, I’m loving the opportunity for a different pair of siblings to interact each time. In this episode we have Five/Diego, Luther/Vanya and from the looks of it, Allison/Klaus will meet soon. Perhaps that’s just the perks of having seven siblings as your characters. Since everyone is so different, you expect to see something new all the time, meaning the dynamics don’t get boring. In other news, Reginald still surprises. It is obvious that he would be in the 60’s as well but where and how did he learn to fight like that? There is more to look out for, that’s for sure. I believe the character has not been fully fleshed out yet and he has more tricks up his sleeve. It is also nice to see a younger Pogo, who appears to not have the ability to speak yet. As for subplots, Allison’s is the most irritating because of the whole racism issue. Lest we forget, this is the 60’s and segregation is still being practiced. It just feels so depressing that this wasn’t that long ago and when you look at the current situation, progress seems to be a bit slow. I wanted Allison to rumor all those little shits so bad.

“I know everything about you. You are an open book written for very dumb children.” –Lila

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