My wife and I just finished Umbrella Academy last night - anybody else watch it? While the last episode tied up some loose ends, it left us both with some BIG questions (fully appropriate for an ongoing series). I loved the show because it was so campy and over the top; my wife loved the family drama aspect of it. I feel like the series has a little bit of something for everyone, and that made it really enjoyable.
In terms of last-episode very spoilery questions:
I understand that we have suspend our beliefs and use our imaginations, given that things like time travel, super-powers and an intelligent chimp exist, but how old is Sir Reginald Hargreeves? Is he immortal? Is he a time traveler, like the Commission? I would probably vote the latter, referencing back to his discussion around the dinner table with Number 5 about time travel - he seemed to have personal knowledge and experience when telling 5 that he wasn’t ready to do it yet.
Where did he come from? The opening scene in the last episode shows him and a dying significant other in a war-torn landscape. Were those space ships littering the ground? Was he from the future (that wouldn’t make sense, given the apocalypse that happens in the last episode). Far in the future from the apocalypse then time travelling to the early 1900’s?
What was that jar of motes of light he released? My crackpot theory is that that somehow links back to the 43 children all born on the same day to women who were not pregnant the day prior. This is how he knew they would be born and how he knew to travel the world trying to collect them.
My wife and I had a brief discussion after watching the last episode too, about how I felt that the series was commentary on the pitfalls of the patriarchy:
The team has several opportunities to work things through with Vanya, mostly championed by Allison, before she goes on to cause the apocalypse. It starts off with Reginald Hargreeves locking Vanya up, medicating her (to supress her “out of control emotions”) and finally using Allison’s power to suppress her abilities, as well.
Luther and Diego (and to a lesser extent 5 and Klaus) ignore Allison, and try to contain/control Vanya just like Reginald had, continuing his plan for Vanya. I really feel like had 1) they let Allison let Vanya out of the vault or 2) Let Allison go through with her plan at the concert to connect with Vanya and talk her out of it, the whole catastrophe could have been avoided.
I’m excited to hear what everyone has to say! We both really enjoyed the first season and are looking forward to the (recently confirmed!) second season!