The Umbrella Academy season 3 review: a frustrating downpour of good and bad ideas



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The Umbrella Academy is that rare show that effectively balances its familiar and original content. The hit Netflix series has done a stellar job of honoring Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s graphic novel series. Equally, though, the TV adaptation’s story is more cohesive than events that transpire in the comics – a fresh spin on the source material’s narrative that’s pleasingly conducive to a TV series.

However, with the show largely running out of source material to adapt, The Umbrella Academy season 3 has a problem on its hands. The next volume in the comic series is yet to be published, meaning The Umbrella Academy’s TV series has officially overtaken the story in the graphic novels. The show must forge its own path forward from this point on, then, and its creative team will live or die by the experimental story and character-arc choices they make. It’s a similar conundrum to the one faced by Game of Thrones’ final season, and we all know how poorly it was received by fans and critics. 

Key information

– Releases on Wednesday, June 22
– Launching exclusively on Netflix
– Based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s graphic novels
– Partly inspired by volume 3, aka Hotel Oblivion
– Main cast from previous seasons all returning
– Introduces The Sparrow Academy from the books
– Helmed by showrunner Steve Blackman



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