‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3, Episode 7 Recap

The Umbrella Academy it’s so big on the show – wild superpowers, apocalyptic events, fight scenes and/or dance to catchy pop hits – it can be easy to forget how compelling it can be when you slam on the brakes and let your characters do the talking.

Don’t get me wrong: “Auf Weidersehen,” a standout episode in this generally solid season, still gives us some great backdrops. At first, the umbrellas and sparrows team up to take on the kugelblitz, winning what turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory. There’s the big bang that ends the episode, when the kugelblitz sends out its most devastating blast yet, killing Jayme and Christopher and most of the rest of the world. And in the middle, there’s Luther’s gloriously tacky proposal to Sloane – with a moonstone ring! – which she accepts while literally floating in the air. These crazy kids.

But despite all this outburst, the real the fireworks in this episode come in the most human scenes, as the umbrellas and sparrows play ping pong against each other, venting all the feelings that have been building up throughout the season.

The episode begins with a flashback of Lila, revealing that when the Commission offered to send her anytime and anywhere, she chose West Berlin in 1989. There, she acquired a time travel briefcase planted by the Handler. Not long after, she acquired Stan, the neglected son of a punk rocker, whose band she briefly joined. But while it’s good to have Umbrella Academy filling in these plot gaps, the scene that will stay with me is a silent one: a long take of Lila playing drums, releasing all her accumulated emotion after the events of season two.

And that’s just her only scene. As the episode ends, we see Lila confess that she’s pregnant, admit that she wants to start a real family with Diego, and give Allison some genuinely helpful advice on how a time traveler can remain stable when reality is changing around them.

And that’s the advice Allison needed because right now, she’s the closest thing we have to a major villain in The Umbrella Academythird season. If assaulting Luther and murdering Harlan in earlier episodes somehow wasn’t proof enough, there’s his incredibly nasty fight with Viktor, which only ends when Allison uses her powers to shut up for so long that it briefly appears Viktor might suffocate. Even so, Allison can’t resist a nasty parting shot: “We should have left you in the basement,” she scoffs.

This very painful breakup between Viktor and Allison – probably the Hargreeves brothers with the healthiest relationship, despite everything that’s happened – is the sort of thing you can only earn after several seasons of character development, when it becomes clear to the public. how high the stakes are. There’s an equally poignant release for the tragicomic training sequence between Reginald and Klaus, who has spent the season yearning for a warm father figure and finally has one.

like field of dreams, this healing bond takes the form of a game of capture. Different field of dreams, this game ends with one of the participants being hit by a car and dying, repeatedly. It might not be good parenting in the conventional sense, but Klaus does learn to come back from the dead faster and faster, and Reginald seems genuinely delighted with his son’s progress. There are reasons to doubt Reginald’s motives – more on that in the “Raindrops” section below – but for now, this is a good counterpoint to the schism between Viktor and Allison, serving as a reminder that this family, under the right circumstances, can heal as well as it can break.

It’s the third season of Umbrella Academy about umbrellas healing or breaking? It’s the best scene of the episode that walks the line between those two points. When Five shows up on Viktor, it’s easy to assume he’s there to lend a helping hand. Wasn’t Allison the wrong one for, you know, murdering Viktor’s surrogate son?

Instead, Five offers a warning, filtered through the prejudiced eye of someone who has saved the world twice at terrible cost to his own soul. “We will never save enough lives to make up for the ones we take,” he says. “That’s the price of being powerful. Sometimes we step on ants.”

Five closes his rant with a reminder that the source of Umbrella Academy’s greatest strength and weakness is that they are a family, capable of stepping in if any of their siblings cross the line. A superhero acting alone, he warns Viktor, is a supervillain – and by now, we know Viktor well enough to know that supervillain isn’t just a hypothetical possibility. “Lie to us again… Viktor, I’ll kill you myself,” Five concludes. And it’s obvious he means it.

• More evidence for the “Reginald is the bad guy” conspiracy theory: Just before Fei is kugelblitz-ed, Ben tells her that he and his father made some sort of deal.

• In her religious fervor about the kugelblitz, Grace maniacally recites Isaiah 63:4: “The day of vengeance was in my heart, and my year of redemption has come.”

• While in Ben’s room, Viktor sees a drawing labeled Jennifer – yet another reference to the mysterious Jennifer Incident that led to Ben’s death in the original timeline. A little later, Klaus also makes an offhand reference to the Jennifer Incident. (If you were betting on Season 4 being based on the fact that Season 3 is dropping, that would be a good guess for what Umbrella Academy you can explore below.)

• Some interesting beats suggest that several umbrellas have barely scratched the surface of their true powers. In addition to the vast improvement in the interval between Klaus’ death and resurrection, Allison no longer needs to say “I heard a rumor” to influence people with her voice. And I still suspect that we’ll find that Viktor is more powerful now that he’s reabsorbed the energy he passed on to Harlan in 1963.

• Once again we see that Reginald’s car has the HERMES license plate – a strange and inexplicable detail that fans have varying theories about.

• One of the scenes of Klaus being thrown by cars is almost identical to the clip of Brad Pitt being thrown by cars in 1998 Meet Joe Blackwhich goes viral again every few years.

• Music in this episode (deep breath): “Little Girl” by Andrea Litkei and Ervin Litkei as Lila plays with the infinite switchboard; “Bruttosozialprodukt” by Geier Sturzflug on the fall of the Berlin Wall; “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly as Reginald drives with Klaus in his trunk; a cover of Ugly Kid Joe’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” as Klaus and Reginald play tag; “Onward Christian Soldiers,” a traditional hymn sung by Grace as she dies; Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” during the obligatory (and prematurely celebratory) dance scene; and “What Makes a Man” by Ninth Wave during the episode’s climax.

• Lila, writing her Yelp review of Hotel Oblivion: “It’s just sushi and death.”

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