'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Arrives As A Low-Key Monster …

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'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Arrives As A Low-Key Monster …

About Umbrella
An umbrella or parasol is a folding canopy supported by wooden or metal ribs that is usually mounted on a wooden, metal, or plastic pole. It is designed to protect a person against rain or sunlight. The term umbrella is traditionally used when protecting oneself from rain, with parasol used when protecting oneself from sunlight, though the terms continue to be used interchangeably. Often the difference is the material used for the canopy; some parasols are not waterproof. Umbrella canopies can be made of fabric or animals or flexible plastic spoons. There are also combinations of parasol and umbrella that are called en-tout-cas (French for “in any case”).Umbrellas and parasols are primarily hand-held portable devices sized for personal use. The largest hand-portable umbrellas are golf umbrellas. Umbrellas can be divided into two categories: fully collapsible umbrellas, in which the metal pole supporting the canopy retracts, making the umbrella small enough to fit in a handbag, and non-collapsible umbrellas, in which the support pole cannot retract and only the canopy can be collapsed. Another distinction can be made between manually operated umbrellas and spring-loaded automatic umbrellas, which spring open at the press of a button.
Hand-held umbrellas have a type of handle which can be made from wood, a plastic cylinder or a bent “crook” handle (like the handle of a cane). Umbrellas are available in a range of price and quality points, ranging from inexpensive, modest quality models sold at discount stores to expensive, finely made, designer-labeled models. Larger parasols capable of blocking the sun for several people are often used as fixed or semi-fixed devices, used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture, or as points of shade on a sunny beach.
Parasols are occasionally called sunshades. An umbrella may also be called a brolly (UK slang), parapluie (nineteenth century, French origin), rainshade, gamp (British, informal, dated), or bumbershoot (rare, facetious American slang).

This week, the big debut is season 2 of The Umbrella Academy, the non-Marvel, non-DC superhero story that packs a surprising punch, in more ways than one.

While some popular Netflix shows become cultural phenomenons (Stranger Things), surprising hits (The Witcher) or fountains of endless controversy (13 Reasons Why), The Umbrella Academy does not fall neatly into any of those categories, and yet according to Netflix itself, it’s one of the most popular shows on the service, up there with many other series that have a much higher profile.

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Arrives As A Low-Key Monster …

Netflix released its own list of the most popular series on the service in 2019. Here it is:

  1. Stranger Things 3
  2. The Witcher
  3. The Umbrella Academy
  4. Dead to Me
  5. You: Season 2
  6. When They See Us
  7. Unbelievable
  8. Sex Education
  9. 13 Reasons Why: Season 3
  10. Raising Dion

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While there are a few significant surprises making the top 10 (Raising Dion, Dead to Me), The Umbrella Academy coming in at #3 for its debut season behind only Stranger Things and The Witcher is frankly, pretty amazing.

The Umbrella Academy is unsurprisingly based on a series of comics, but there are only 24 issues total, so it’s somewhat on the verge of running out of runway, though I am not sure where season 2 ends yet. There are supposedly more coming, but comic schedules tend to move rather slowly compared to TV, so it remains to be seen if the show will have to go its own way if it keeps getting renewed for future seasons. And it seems like it’s going to.

Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy has already impressed critics more than season 1. It’s been upgraded from a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes for season 1 to a 93% for season 2, indicating some improvement. The fan score is 100% for season 2, but there aren’t enough reviews in to make heads or tails of that yet. But I would be surprised to see it lower than the critic scores, as this is a series mostly driven by fans, rather than the press, judging by how little attention it got last year even as it was one of Netflix’s most popular offerings.

We will see how it performs in Netflix’s top 10 charts. It’s only been out a few hours but it has already cracked the TV top 10, and I would not be surprised to see it hit #1 or at least top three on the service over the course of the weekend. I’m about to start watching, and I will report back my findings soon.

In the meantime, catch up with a season 1 recap of Umbrella Academy below before you start the new season:

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