Friday, July 31, 2020

The Umbrella Academy: Episode 20

20. The End of Something
Vanya’s psychic link to Harlan prompts her to drive back to the farm to help him. Initially hesitant, her siblings join her. Lila and The Handler arrive with The Commission’s entire army of assassins. Vanya eventually takes them all out with her powers, but Lila and The Handler are saved by a force field similar to hers protecting them. And then Lila attacks and reveals her ability to mimic everybody’s powers, one at a time. After a free-for-all melee, the truth about The Handler, who is now trying to kidnap Harlan, comes to light. Before anyone can react, she open fires on all of them before the last remaining Swede shows up to gun her down himself. Five is left barely breathing and remembers Reginald’s advice. He time travels a few minutes back to disarm The Handler before the Swede shoots her and leaves the siblings alone. Now the acting head of the Commission, Herb surveys the scene and gives them a briefcase to bring them back to 2019. They end up on the second of April, a day after the apocalypse, only to find Reginald there alive as well as Ben who is introduced as a member of the Sparrow Academy.

Just when you thought they wouldn’t be able to top S2E9! We see them all fight with Vanya again, after that glimpse of that apocalypse in the first episode. The battle is still impressive even if we already knew that The Commission’s cavalry will be gone with a flick of Vanya’s finger. What I didn’t expect was that Lila reveal. I somehow knew that she is special, but I wasn’t prepared for her mimicry powers. She gave them all such a hard time. Worthy adversary! I guess this also puts our doubts to rest that there are others out there. How many again? 43? And we’ve only met 8 so far. So, that gives the writers a lot more material to work on. As for The Handler, I guess she’s dead for good. But then again if she can survive a headshot, she can probably still come back. However, I believe her story arc has reached its rightful conclusion, especially with the introduction of the Sparrow Academy. I am happy for Justin H. Min, although I don’t know how fans of the character will react to this new dickhead version of Ben.

“The world is full of injustice. Good people die along with the bad. This cosmic equation will never change unless evil itself is wiped from existence.” –Reginald Hargreeves

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