The Umbrella Academy (2019 -)

On October 1, 1989, 43 women around the world give birth, however: none of them were pregnant before that very moment. This is par for the course in the fantastical universe based on Gerard Way’s comic book series in which Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), a mad-scientist billionaire with a god complex, adopts seven of these immaculately conceived babies who are anything but ordinary. Though he preferred calling them by numbers from one to seven, the robotic wife he built for himself has more humanity than he does and gives the children names. When they learn of their father’s death, the adult kids (save one who has disappeared and another who has died) reconvene at the sombre New York mansion of their childhood, full of echo-y halls and loneliness.

From the surface of the moon to a beautiful violin performance played in an empty venue and dance parties for one, isolation is the guiding principle in this Ontario filmed series. Once in the mansion, the patriarch’s ordinary-seeming heart attack quickly starts to gather suspicion and, with a tell-all memoir, time travel and the end of days in the near future, the siblings have more than than their fair share of family drama to handle.

Review by Caitlin Stall-Paquet


Colm Feore, Elliot Page

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Blockbusters, LGBTQ2+, Superheroes

Canadian connection

Co-created by Steve Blackman
Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario