What We’re Watching Today: The Umbrella Academy

What We’re Watching Today: The Umbrella Academy

JEDDAH: Forty-three babies are born on the same day in 1989, each of them with a different superpower. Seven of the infants are adopted by an eccentric billionaire, who emotionally abuses them and bends them to his will, shaping them into a team of heroes known as the Umbrella Academy.

Fast forward to the present day and the academy members, now estranged, reunite for their adoptive father’s funeral and to solve the mystery of his sudden death.

This Netflix original series is adapted from the comic book of the same name by writer Gerard Way, the former lead singer with rock band My Chemical Romance, and artist Gabriel Bá. Witty and fun, “The Umbrella Academy” has wide audience appeal, thanks to its diverse cast, and a strong emotional heart as the siblings embark on a journey toward reconciliation.

The intriguing dynamic between the seven siblings and their complex relationships with their father and each other elevates “The Umbrella Academy” and makes it special. You will relate to the characters and find little bits of yourself in the siblings: Allison’s selfishness, for example, Luther’s blind trust in his father, Diego’s rebellious side or Klaus’s peculiarities.

Season one of “The Umbrella Academy” is streaming now and Netflix has ordered a second.

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