The Umbrella Academy season 3 review

It starts with a dance-off to “Footloose,” and just gets crazier from there, all the way to the end of the universe. The plot doesn’t always cohere, but the characterizations and the examination of what family is remains strong. My review of The Umbrella Academy season 3.

An excerpt:

One element of the series that was dictated, not by the comics, but by events in real life was handled magnificently, if a little too unconvincingly smoothly: actor Elliot Page transitioned in the interim between seasons, and Blackman beautifully works that transition into the storyline, with Vanya becoming Viktor. Given everything that the character went through in 1963, including being unreservedly loved for the first time ever, it all works. They even have Luther do the whole awkward, “should we do something for him to celebrate this?” with Diego telling him to chill out and just roll with it. Before long, it’s all completely natural, which is as it should be. (Honestly, it’s a little too natural given the contentious relationship among the Hargreeves siblings, but there’s plenty of other family drama to keep them busy…)

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