Your guide to a better future
Your season 2 recap before diving into the mayhem of season 3.
Jennifer Bisset writes about film and TV for CNET
Everybody's favorite dysfunctional adopted superhero family is returning for a third season on Netflix. The Umbrella Academy , based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's comic book series, promises time travel shenanigans, snide father figures and probably the end of the world.
Before season 3 lands on June 22, refresh your memory of what happened in season 2 . It ended on a stunning cliffhanger and potential hope for a certain couple to reunite.
Vanya is at the center of Doomsday.
Ever since season 1, the Hargreeves siblings have been tasked with preventing Doomsday, aka the apocalypse. Just like season 1, Vanya (Elliot Page) is at the center of this world-destroying cataclysm.
In the season 1 finale, Vanya releases energy that dislodges fragments of the moon into the Earth and ends the world. To prevent this from happening, season 2 sees the siblings travel back in time thanks to Five's (Aiden Gallagher) powers. But they end up decades back, in 1963, Dallas, around the time of JFK's assassination.
Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) in The Umbrella Academy.
This, again, leads to Doomsday. Diego (David Castañeda) uses the Commission's -- aka a secretive agency that keeps tabs on the established timeline of the world -- Infinite Switchboard to see into the future, witnessing an FBI building explode just as JFK's car goes by during his parade. This sets of a chain of events where JFK evades assassination, but the US government believe Russians are behind the explosion. They retaliate and a nuclear war ensues, aka another Doomsday.
It turns out that the explosion is -- you guessed it -- caused by Vanya. Believed to be a Russian spy, Vanya is tortured by the FBI. This sets off her powers and she verges on exploding. Just in time, Ben (Justin H. Min) enters her mind and convinces her the siblings love her. She takes control of her powers and prevents the explosion. JFK is assassinated, and history resumes its "correct" timeline. Sadly, ghost Ben is no longer able to return to the living world -- he disintegrates, having fulfilled his final purpose of saving Vanya.
Why?????? 😭😭😭😭😭💔💔💔 @UmbrellaAcad This was so sad like Ben saved Vanya then he dies like come on. #benhargreeves #vanyahargreeves #sadscene #crying #SpoilerAlert pic.twitter.com/EVWZ3bAzqT
The Hargreeves' loving old adoptive father never fails to keep a trump card up his sleeve. At a roundtable meeting with a group of conspiracy theorists known as Majestic 12, Sir Reginald (Colm Feore) peels off his face, revealing it's a mask and really he's an interdimensional being. He promptly kills the gentlemen.
TEORIA THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY!! E se o Reginald Hargreeves fosse... um alien??? pic.twitter.com/SJJG8F5v3V
The climax of season 2 sees The Handler (Kate Walsh) -- aka the head of the Commission and Five's former boss -- send just about everyone at the Commission to war with the Hargreeves. This war takes place on Sissy's (Marin Ireland) farm, where she calls Vanya for help. Vanya realizes she accidentally imparted some of her powers to Sissy's son Harlan (Justin Paul Kelly) when she resuscitated him after he almost drowned in a lake.
Harlan is on the verge of exploding, but Vanya calms him and reabsorbs his powers.
Diego, meanwhile, convinces the powerful Lila (Ritu Arya) -- who can mirror the powers of others -- that she's one of the siblings, born on Oct. 1, 1989, the same day they all were. Her adoptive mother The Handler doesn't truly love her and was really behind the deaths of her parents, intent on capturing and controlling her. With this information, Sissy steals a briefcase -- aka a device that transports people through time and space -- and disappears.
The Handler initially machine guns everyone to death, but Five, having mastered his powers, jumps back seconds in time and prevents this from happening. When The Handler's back is turned, Axel, the last standing of the three Swedish assassins, appears in the barn and shoots her to death (well, so it appears).
Herb (Ken Hall), now acting chairperson of the Commission, awards the siblings a briefcase to return home.
Sadly, Vanya's love Sissy decides not to join her in the future. "What would that even look like?" Sissy says. Her first priority is Harlan, although she's "scared for" Vanya. She knows she can't have a normal life free from danger with Vanya in the future. But if Vanya finds a safe way back to Sissy, Sissy wants her to take it.
They share a final kiss and embrace, before Vanya heads off. What they don't realize: Harlan still exhibits powers, levitating a carved wooden bird in his hand.
Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampan) is forced to say goodbye to her husband, Ray (Yusuf Gatewood), who needs to stay behind in the '60s to keep working for the civil rights movement. She leaves Ray a letter informing him she and her siblings managed to save the world. She wishes she could be with him, and her time with him has changed her, but she knows she doesn't belong in 1963.
The siblings finally go home, but it's not as they know it. It's April 2, 2019, the day after the apocalypse, which they succeed in preventing. They celebrate over drinks, when Diego finds a painting of Ben over the mantlepiece. Reginald appears, no longer dead (his funeral takes place in the very first episode of season 1). "This is the Sparrow Academy," he declares, before a group of young superheroes gathers on the gallery.
"Dad, who the hell are these assholes?" says a more edgy-looking Ben, more alive than ever with scruffy hair and a scar on his cheek.
The Umbrella Academy 💥 The Sparrow Academy pic.twitter.com/1BzFjhtnss
So, how the hell did the timeline get that messed up? Is Reginald an alien? Will Vanya and Sissy reunite? And will Harlan be a superhero?
Let's hope season 3 (arriving on June 22) brings those answers.