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Umbrella Academy Review – Season Premiere Explodes With New Apocalypse (2 x 01)

The Hargreeves explosive return in Umbrella Academy Season 2 shows a united team.
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (L to R) ROBERT SHEEHAN as KLAUS HARGREEVES, JUSTIN H. MIN as BEN HARGREEVES, AIDAN GALLAGHER as NUMBER FIVE, ELLEN PAGE as VANYA HARGREEVES, TOM HOPPER as LUTHER HARGREEVES, DAVID CASTAÑEDA as DIEGO HARGREEVES and EMMY RAVER-LAMPMAN as ALLISON HARGREEVES in episode 201 of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Cr. CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX © 2020

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Umbrella Academy returned for season 2 on Friday, July 31st with 10 new episodes starting with episode 1 “Right Back Where We Started From.” A fitting title given that a new apocalypse is introduced and is set to happen in 1963 where the Hargreeves siblings are stuck, and they have to once again come together to stop it somehow.

Each member of the team is time-displaced in the 1960s one at a time thanks to the unpredictable nature of Number Five’s powers, who saved them from the cataclysmic event caused by Vanya in season 1.

They all arrive at the same destination at Dallas, Texas, but think each of them has been stranded alone separated from their siblings.

Klaus and Ben arrive first in 1960, Alison in ’61, Luther in ’62, Diego on September ’63, Vanya on October ’63, and finally Five on November ’63.

The caveat to Five’s arrival, however, is he witnesses a nuclear apocalypse on November 25, 1963 where Soviet Russia attacks the United States, and it seems to be related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Spawning arguably the best scene of the episode, the Hargreeves are shown uniting and fighting against the Soviet invaders and showcasing their full powers. Here’s the epic scene, which of course has been shown in promos leading up to the season premiere:

As shown in the video, Hazel time travels with Five away from the nuclear explosion, and they go back 10 days prior to give themselves a fighting chance. However, Hazel is killed shortly after by three new assassins from the Commission. Before dying, Hazel puts a clue in Five’s pocket as Five narrowly escapes the mysterious assailants.

He then meets Elliott, a conspiracy nut, who Five scares into helping him by tricking him to believe he’s an alien. Elliott proves himself useful, however, because he deliberately photographed each of the Hargreeves arrivals over the past three years, which gives Five a starting point.

Kevin Rankin plays Elliott, a new character in season 2 of Umbrella Academy, who’s a conspiracy theorist and TV salesman. Image c/o Netflix.

Thanks to Elliott, Five is able to find Diego, who’s stuck in an insane asylum, but Five decides to leave him there because Diego intends to interfere with the timeline by saving JFK from being assassinated. Diego escapes at the end of the episode, however, thanks to a mysterious woman who manages to escape with Diego despite both being hunted down by the Commission assassins.

Five then finds Luther in a club working as a bouncer and underground prize fighter, and he’s become reluctant to get involved or believe in anything that Five says, so in the end, Five comes up empty-handed.

As for the rest of the family, Vanya loses her memory and is taken in by a suburban couple with an mute autistic child.

Klaus and Ben have been travelling across the country for the past two years as Klaus has grown a ridiculous beard but also seems to have developed his powers as he can now physically assault Ben at will. Ben, on the other hand, has grown tired of Klaus’ belligerence and has developed a rebellious streak – refusing to help Klaus in one scene when the latter gets into trouble.

Lastly, Alison has been married for a year to a civil rights activist named Raymond Chestnut.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

This was an excellent premiere episode that’s filled with clever references and jokes that come at a steady pace. The undertones of racial inequality is also a nice point of emphasis to explore narrative with through the character of Alison, a strong African-American woman, set in the 1960s. Finally, the incorporation of music in the soundtrack has been on point as well, and has not missed a beat from last season’s tone.

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Lorenz Bacani is a pop-culture enthusiast who's trying to watch as many good comic-book movies and TV shows as superhumanly possible. He received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and New Media at California Baptist University. Wrote for a news tabloid, worked for a couple of non-profits, and dabbled in some photography (mostly for Instagram purposes). He is probably currently binge-watching an old TV show for nostalgia.

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‘Berlin’ Is the ‘Money Heist’ Spinoff We Never Knew We Needed

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Berlin is the Money Heist spinoff we never knew we needed… but we’re so glad it’s almost here. 

Since Berlin (Pedro González Alonso) was hands-down the most captivating (and problematic) character in the Spanish heist drama, fans always wanted to get to know more of him, especially after he sacrificed himself in the season 1 finale for his team, largely due to his terminal illness, redeeming himself in the process.

Quickly rising the ranks as a fan-favorite, the writers kept Berlin’s spirit alive in the following seasons via flashbacks, noting that he always had a hand in the planning of the heists, even if he wasn’t around to see them through. And it became more and more clear that there was an unsatiable thirst from audiences to explore additional parts of the character’s origin story; thus, a prequel to Money Heist focusing solely on Berlin’s prior escapades only made sense. 

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As seen in the later season of Money Heist, or La Casa de Papel, Berlin garnered even more intrigue when his son, Rafael (Patrick Criado) joined the heist. The former Electronics Engineer from MIT is Berlin’s prodigal son, whose only request was not to end up a thief like his father, also drew attention after entering a relationship with his father’s wife, Tatiana. It’s a lot to unpack, clearly, but it’s also proof that there was nothing boring or mediocre about Berlin’s life in the slightest, at any point. 

So, again, it warrants a spinoff that digs even deeper into this complex, charismatic, and morally questionable character we’ve all come to love. 

When he joined the Professor’s group in the series, he was already one of the most seasoned robbers of the bunch, having a plethora of experience mapping out and executing heists of ranging scales.

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With Berlin: Money Heist, we’re not only going to get to see one of those previous heists in action, but we’re also going to get a sense of the man he was before attempting the biggest heist in history, which made him the beloved criminal we’ve come to know.  

Capitalizing on the love already established for the series—one of Netflix’s most popular shows of all time—the prequel finds Berlin, in all his glory as Andrés de Fonollosa, the mastermind behind a heist targeting the biggest auction house in Paris to steal €44 million.

The series trails the planning of a new heist as he recruits his crew: “Michelle Jenner (Isabel) plays Keila, an eminence in electronic engineering; Tristán Ulloa (Fariña) goes into the skin of Damián, a philanthropic professor and Berlin’s confidant; Begoña Vargas (Welcome to Eden) plays Cameron, a kamikaze who always lives on the edge; Julio Peña Fernández (Through My Window) brings to life Roi, Berlin’s faithful squire; and Joel Sánchez plays Bruce, the relentless man of action in the gang.”

While it’s mostly an all-new cast, we’ll see a few familiar faces with Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) and Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituno) appearing at some point, though it’s unclear what their connection is to the storyline. Is it possible that their paths have always crossed and Berlin was always on their radar way prior to the action at the Royal Mint?

We may not be getting the version of Berlin from the original series, but don’t fret, as the teaser trailer evidenced, he’s still as ruthless, dapper, and flirtatious as ever, meaning that they really did this character–and prequel—justice. The fact that it hails from the original showrunner, Alex Pina, is also a sign that it won’t let the fandom down.

“It’s a trip through the golden age of the character, when he robbed around Europe crazy in love,” Pina previously told TUDUM, adding, “That’s the most surprising, the comedy. You’re going to make people laugh a lot.”

Berlin in his prime, in love, and flexing his comedic bone? As the beloved criminal says in the trailer, “it’s all the things worth living for.”

The full synopsis for the series reads:

“There are only two things that are sure to turn a bad day into a great one: love, and a payday worth millions. They’re what keep Berlin going through his golden years, a time when he still has no inkling of his illness and hasn’t gotten trapped like a rat in the Spanish Mint. This is where he starts preparing one of his most extraordinary heists: making jewels worth 44 million disappear like some sort of magic trick. To do it, he’ll enlist the help of one of the three gangs he’s ever stolen with.” 

Watch the Berlin trailer below:

Berlin arrives a few days prior to New Year’s Eve on Dec. 29, 2023, which means you’ll have plenty of time to binge watch while counting down to 2024.

To prepare, you can stream Money Heist on Netflix and read our coverage here. 

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Who Is Mel’s Father in ‘Virgin River’?

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Virgin River Season 5 concluded with a tiny time jump four months into the future, bringing the timeline into the Christmas holiday season. 

Disclaimer — this post includes spoilers from the episode — proceed with caution.

On Virgin River Season 5 Episode 10, as Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson) decorated their cabin in anticipation of Joey’s arrival with the kids for their first-ever Virgin River Christmas, Mel received quite a shocking piece of information. 

Her sister informed her that she found a stack of love letters between Mel’s mother and a mystery man in Virgin River that she believed could be Mel’s real father. 

And this obviously lends itself to the question—who is the secret admirer?

There aren’t that many elderly men in Virgin River aside from Doc (Tim Matheson), and it would be next-level if he had another secret child in addition to Ryan, Denny’s late father. Though wouldn’t it be funny if Mel thought she just escaped to this random small town only to learn that it wasn’t random at all and she’d been working with her dad this whole time?

Aside from Doc, there’s really only Nick (Keith MacKechnie), Bert (Trevor Lerner), and Charlie (Patrick Keating), that we are familiar with, anyway. 

Naturally, there are probably plenty of residents that audiences have never met (and they have to keep us on our toes and think of new directions for the storyline), and it’s possible her dad isn’t even alive anymore.

It would be extremely fitting if it was Lilly’s late husband, Buck, making Mel sisters with Ava, and Tara. Considering her strong bond with that family, her sisterly relationship with Ava, her love baby Chloe, and how drawn she is to that farm, this would be such a sweet twist. Mel always had a soft spot for Lilly as well, so this would be a unique way to keep her memory alive. 

Mel’s father will be the major storyline addressed in the two bonus holiday episodes dropping in November, as the trailer revealed Mel starting the search for her biological dad before informing Jack shortly after that they found him, with Preacher noting that he’s “still in Virgin River.”

The way he says it makes it seem like he’s still alive, which limits the possibilities even more. Who do you think it is?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Either way, Mel actually has roots in this small town that’s always felt like home. 

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‘Riverdale’ Season 7 Hits Netflix—Stream It Now

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Riverdale’s seventh and final season is now available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.! 

Merely a week after the long-running CW series aired its final episode ever, the streaming giant has added the series in its entirety.

All the episodes are available for fans all over the world to binge-watch on September 1, and going into a long weekend, that gives you plenty of time to catch up on all the shenanigans happening in the Town with Pep. 

Riverdale Season 7 Hits Netflix

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Many fans weren’t interested in the weekly release model as it wasn’t ideal having to wait for new episodes to drop every week, but having them available all at once on Netflix allows you to catch up with ease. 

And if you’ve never seen Riverdale and are curious about all the nutty twists and turns that eventually get all of our characters to—spoiler—the 1950s, well, all seven seasons are on the streamer for your viewing pleasure. 

You can rewatch those previous seasons and relive the series in all its glory (including anything you may have missed/forgotten about), or you can just tune in for the final season—it’s up to you! 

As mentioned before, the final season hit the reset button of sorts as Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Veronica (Camilla Mendes), along with many of their loved ones and friends, went back in time to 1955 and found themselves reliving their high school days all over again. 

Of course, as you rewatch any and all episodes, you can read all our reviews of the series that we’ve covered since its inception in 2017! 

Enjoy your Labor Day travels to Riverdale—just remember that before it was redubbed the “Town With Pep” it was known as “Murder Town of the World.” You’ve been warned. 

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