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Umbrella Academy so spectacular – wild superpowers, apocalyptic events, action and/or dance scenes to catchy pop hits – that it’s easy to forget how convincing he can be when he hits the brakes and lets his characters talk.

Don’t get me wrong: “Auf Weidersehen”, the standout episode in this otherwise solid season, still gives us some big plot points. Early on, the Umbrellas and the Sparrows team up to take on the Kugelblitz, with a victory that turns out to be Pyrrhic. The episode ends with a big bang as the kugelblitz produces the most devastating explosion, killing Fei, Christopher, and most of the rest of the world. And in between, there’s Luther’s gorgeous cheesy proposal to Sloan – with a moonstone ring! – which she takes, literally floating in the air. These crazy kids.

But with all this explosiveness real the fireworks in this episode take place in more human-like scenes when the Umbrellas and Sparrows play ping-pong with each other, venting all the feelings that have built up over the course of the season.

The episode begins with a flashback to Leela showing that when the Commission offered to send her to any time and place, she chose West Berlin in 1989. There, she purchased a time travel briefcase planted by Handler. Shortly thereafter, she acquired Stan, the abandoned son of a punk rocker, whose band she briefly joined. But it’s nice to have umbrella academy Filling in these gaps in the plot, the scene that I will remember is silent: a long shot of Lyla playing the drums, releasing all of her accumulated emotions from the events of the second season.

And that’s just her solo scene. By the time the episode ends, we see Layla admit she’s pregnant, admit she wants to start a real family with Diego, as well as Give Allison some really helpful tips on how a time traveler can stay stable when the reality around them changes.

And that’s the advice Allison needed, because right now, she’s the closest thing to a major villain in our story. Umbrella Academythird season. If attacking Luther and killing Harlan in previous episodes somehow wasn’t proof enough, then there’s her incredibly nasty battle with Victor, which only ends when Allison uses her powers to shut his mouth for so long that for a short time. it looks like Victor might suffocate. Even then, Allison can’t resist a nasty parting shot: “We should have left you in the basement,” she chuckles.

This very painful rift between Victor and Allison—probably the Hargreaves siblings who have the healthiest relationship despite everything that’s happened—is something you can only earn after a few seasons of character development when it’s clear to viewers just how much high relationship. there are rates. There’s a similarly poignant release in the tragicomic workout sequence between Reginald and Klaus, who yearned for a warm parent figure all season long and finally got one.

Like field of dreams, this healing connection takes the form of a ball game. Unlike field of dreams, this game ends with one of the participants getting hit by a car and dying again and again. Maybe it’s bad parenting in the conventional sense, but Klaus does learn to come back from the dead faster and faster, and Reginald seems genuinely pleased with his son’s progress. There are reasons to doubt Reginald’s motives – more on that in the “Raindrops” section below – but so far it’s a good counterpoint to the rift between Victor and Allison, serving as a reminder that this family, under the right circumstances, can heal just as much as he can break.

This is the third season umbrella academy about umbrellas healing or breaking? This is the best scene of the episode, which takes place between these two points. When Five walks in on Victor, it’s easy to assume he’s here to lend a shoulder. Wasn’t Allison responsible for the murder of Victor’s surrogate son?

Instead, Five offers a warning filtered through the jaundiced gaze of a man who twice saved the world at the cost of his own soul. “We will never save enough lives to make up for the loss,” he says. “This is the price of power. Sometimes we step on ants.”

The fifth concludes his speech with a reminder that the source of the Umbrella Academy’s greatest strength and weakness is that they are a family capable of intervening if any of their siblings cross the line. He warns Victor that a superhero acting alone is a supervillain, and by now we’ve known Victor long enough to realize that supervillainy isn’t just a hypothetical possibility. “Lie to us again… Victor, I will kill you myself,” concludes Fifth. And obviously he means it.

• Another piece of evidence for the “Reginald is the bad guy” conspiracy theory. Right before Fey is kugelblized, Ben tells her that he and his father made some kind of deal.

• In his religious zeal for Grace’s kugelblitz manically reads Isaiah 63:4: “The day of vengeance has been in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come.”

• While in Ben’s room, Victor notices a drawing that says “Jennifer” – another reference to the mysterious incident with Jennifer that led to Ben’s death in the original timeline. A little later, Klaus also casually mentions the incident with Jennifer. (If you were betting that the fourth season is based on breadcrumbs falling out in the third season, it would be a good guess that umbrella academy may investigate further.)

• A few interesting bits about how some of the Umbrellas have barely scratched the surface of their true power. In addition to greatly improving the interval between Klaus’ death and resurrection, Allison no longer has to say “I’ve heard a rumor” in order to influence people with her voice. And I still suspect that we will find out that Victor has become more powerful now that he has reabsorbed the energy he gave to Harlan in 1963.

• We see again that Reginald’s car has a cosmetic HERMES license plate – a strange, inexplicable detail that fans have different theories about.

• One of the shots where Klaus is thrown by a car is almost identical Clip of Brad Pitt getting thrown by cars in 1998. Meet Joe Blackwhich goes viral again every few years or so.

• Music in this episode (deep breath): “Little Girl” by Andrea Litkay and Erwin Litkay as Leela plays with the Infinite Switch; “Gross Social Product” by Geyer Sturzflug about the fall of the Berlin Wall; Nellie’s “Ride Wit Me” when Reginald is driving around with Klaus in the trunk; a cover of Ugly Kid Joe’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”, with Klaus and Reginald playing catch; “Forward, Christian Soldiers”, a traditional hymn that Grace sings before 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.

• Leela in her Yelp review of the Oblivion Hotel: “It’s just sushi and death.”

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