Friday, July 31, 2020

The Umbrella Academy: Episode 18



18. The Seven Stages
Five realizes that Older Five (Jim Watson) is also in Dallas in 1963 to make sure that Kennedy gets assassinated before breaking his contract and miscalculating his jump to 2019, where he ends up in his younger body. With Luther’s help, Five meets Older Five and tries to convince him to help them, in the midst of both suffering from the Seven Stages of Paradox Psychosis. The Handler approves training Diego as a new recruit of The Commission, but he immediately betrays them by sneaking into the Infinite Switchboard room where he witnesses JFK’s non-assassination which is replaced by the explosion of the FBI building blamed on the Russians, which in turn triggers the nuclear holocaust. Rebellious analyst Herb (Ken Hall) and a group of The Handler’s non-fans help him get back to 1963 Dallas where he finds Allison and Klaus disposing one of the Swedes’ corpse, tells them about Vanya, and head to the FBI building. Vanya is tortured as a suspected KGB agent and regains all her memories, triggering her powers to go haywire.


Yup, Vanya will always be the bomb. I believe we have established that by the end of season one. What I do admire about this episode is how everything just adds up that no element seems contrived. Take for example Vanya’s Russian language skills factoring into FBI allegations that she is a Russian spy. The writing is legit awesome that way and weaves seamlessly into the mythos already established in the series’ universe. Even Diego’s short-lived recruitment at The Commission has its own purpose plot wise. Speaking of that subplot, Lila will defo be pissed, and I am eager to see what she will do considering she has a couple of screws loose in her head as well. The two Fives not trusting each other is also a delight to watch. He is such an interesting character. In any case, I am totally Luther in this episode, just nodding and trying to feign understanding of all those mumbo jumbo I can only pretend to comprehend. Anyway, two episodes left this season and I’m not even bored yet. Good job, writers!

“Sweetheart, your vagina needs glasses. He's not worth it.” –The Handler

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