The Umbrella Academy: Season 3

  • 09 Jul - 15 Jul, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly

The Umbrella Academy was an immediate streaming hit when it premiered in 2019, and it built up plenty of steam with a wooly second season full of time travel and apocalypse scenarios. As the ten-episode third season drops, and Elliot Page’s Vanya is transitioning to Viktor, their super siblings are in for a super shock: in the timeline to which they’ve returned, Sir Reginald Hargreeves has a whole different Academy going on. It’s April 2, 2019, the day after what would have been the apocalypse, and Page’s Vanya (who is still Vanya for now), Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castaneda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), and Five (Aidan Gallgher) are trying and failing to get their bearings as they return from 1963 to a suddenly shifted timeline. This is the Sparrow Academy, and its super Hargreeves siblings are squaring up for a fight. There’s the powerfully-built Marcus (Justin Cornwell), their leader; Fei (Britne Oldford), who sees through the eyes of an unkindness of ravens; Sloane (Genesis Rodriguez), in control of energy; Jayme (Cazzie David), strong and sarcastic; Alphonso (Jake Epstein), who absorbs powers; Ben, with his pair of spindly magical tentacles; and “Christopher,” whose physical form is a sentient glowing cube. The rival academies exchange words, then they exchange blows. There’s even more tantalising weirdness lingering at the outset of season three, and some agonising details to the imperfect nature of timeline tinkering.