The Umbrella Academy: Season 2


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Stars Ellen Page, Tom Hooper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland, Kate Walsh.

Season two of the Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy,” which debuted July 31, is a binge-worthy, action-packed, emotional roller coaster, although it suffers from a few contrived plot points.

As the season begins, the time jump that left us on the edge of our seats at the end of season one goes awry and scatters the superhero siblings in time in and around Dallas over a three-year period starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who have survived.

The villains this time around are a trio named “The Swedes” who are there to prevent Five from again changing the timeline as it seems the siblings brought the apocalypse back with them. “The Swedes” fulfill the same role as the iconic Hazel and Cha-Cha from season one, but they lack the same charm and comedy that made the original duo such a great part of the show. This new trio seems to have a greater history that unfortunately doesn’t get explored, leaving us with little attachment to their story.

While we may not get much in terms of backstory on “The Swedes,” season two isn’t lacking in expanded history for the members of the Umbrella Academy. We get to see more background behind the interpersonal connections of the different siblings, as well as how it affects their interactions now. The characters we already grew to love in the first season only become more fleshed out.

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However, the plot sometimes bogs down in order to present the emotional aspect of the show. Some episodes seem stretched to fill the season, as certain conflicts feel unnecessarily manufactured.

Still, despite a few weaknesses, season two is a satisfying continuation to season one of the comic book-based series, and it leaves us waiting in anticipation for the future of the Hargreeves siblings and the Umbrella Academy.

Season Two of “The Umbrella Academy” (Christos Kalohoridis/Neflix)

Hulu, Vice Media Ink First Content License Deal

Hulu and Vice Media  have signed their first-ever content licensing agreement. The pact — Viceland’s first SVOD partnership — begins June 8 and will increase Hulu’s library of unscripted programming with 15 series, including all past episodes of the Emmy nominated “Gaycation” and “Woman,” as well as, “F*ck, That’s Delicious.”

“Our viewers love watching thought-provoking reality series … and partnering with Viceland is yet another way we’re building … unscripted programming,” Lisa Holme, VP of content acquisition at Hulu. Said in a statement.

The deal makes Hulu the exclusive SVOD home to Oscar and two-time Emmy nominee Ellen Page’s “Gaycation,” feminist Gloria Steinem’s “Woman,” rapper-chef Action Bronson’s “F*ck, That’s Delicious,” and the meta-comedy, “What Would Diplo Do?,” starring James Van Der Beek as the titular music superstar. Other shows include: “Abandoned,” “Black Market,” featuring Michael K. Williams, “Bong Appétit,” “Cyberwar,” “Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia,” “Hate Thy Neighbor,” “Huang’s World” and “Weediquette.”

“Viceland is a key part of expanding on Vice’s ongoing commitment to create the most compelling and unique content young viewers can’t find anywhere else,” said president Guy Slattery.

Launched in 2016, Viceland has produced hundreds of hours of original content reaches a young audience with lifestyle-focused series examining all elements of culture, from music, food, and fashion to technology, sex, drugs, and beyond.  The channel, while still in its infancy, has seen the second highest year-over-year growth across all of television among 18-49 viewers with a 26% lift.