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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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Who Will Die On ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4B?

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Who Dies on Stranger Things Season 4B?

Stranger Things Season 4 was quite a bloodbath, but we haven’t seen anything yet.

While Vecna claimed a handful of victims in the first eight episodes of the season, none of them were part of the core cast. 

That’s all about to change come Season 4B, which does not go easy on our Hawkins best and brightest. 

The final two episodes — both feature-length in duration, clocking in at over two hours a piece — have been teased by Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson) as absolute “carnage.”

Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) has been doing the press rounds and hinting at a major character death, and truthfully, all signs point to Steve Harrington. 

Think about it: His death would have the largest emotional impact. He’s a fan favorite, he’s the “dad” of the group often taking on the protector role and keeping the kids safe when their parents are literally nowhere to be found, he’s an overall good guy, and he has so much momentum and chemistry with Nancy right now, it’s insane.

Per Insider, Joe Keery’s character wasn’t supposed to survive the first season in the Duffer Brother’s original plan, but they simply couldn’t let him go. 

And it’s exactly why his death would destroy a whole fandom, crumbling them at the core. It’s a death that will hit both fans and characters equally as hard. Some might argue that Steve is the glue that holds it all together, never taking himself too seriously but also going boldly right into the danger zone.

Matt Duffer didn’t exactly confirm that Steve would be the big death of the season, but he also didn’t deny it either.

“If he’s going to die, it’s not going to be from the bat bite,” Matt told Variety, which is almost reassuring. He did acknowledge everyone is “worried about Steve,” so maybe his death is too obvious.

If we’re all prepared for it, it won’t be as effective, right?

Who Dies on Stranger Things Season 4B?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Eduardo Franco as Argyle, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, and Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

In that case, could it be Nancy Wheeler? At the end of season 4, Nancy is stuck in the Upside Down in a trance as Vecna explains his origin story to her. It’s unclear why he chose to be honest with Nancy, but that’s a good journalist for you — getting the story even when it could cost her her life.

Of course, Steve is in the Upside Down with Nancy, so I don’t think she’ll die there just yet. There’s no way he’d leave her behind without bringing her to safety. But if Nancy is already connected to Vecna, that means she’s running out of time and unless she can find a foothold in the real world to keep her safe a la Max’s “Running Up That Hill,” she might just be his next victim.

Other possibilities:

Dr. Benner or Dr. Owens — Both of them care for Eleven and want to help restore her powers so that she can defeat this evil once and for all. But the FBI is coming for them, and they don’t take kindly to betrayal. I can see them sacrificing themselves to help Eleven escape for the greater good. Owens would be slightly more upsetting because Brenner might just deserve it.

Eddie — Eddie is a fan favorite, and if look at the show’s track record of killing off the lovable, new guy, well, it doesn’t bode well for the newcomer. He’s already been to the Upside Down, and based on the teaser, we know he returns there for some epic guitar solo. Maybe that’s his triumphant moment before death?

Jonathan — The only way that Nancy and Steve could work is if Jonathan is out of the picture. And while it’s cruel to kill him off for the sake of another relationship, there’s also not much that Jonathan is actually contributing to the storyline anymore aside from getting high with his friend Argyle. His death, however, would shake the core group as he’s Will’s brother and rock.  

Eleven — It’s unlikely that the series would risk killing their biggest asset, but she is gearing up for her biggest battle yet. It’s going to take everything that she has. Some might say, you don’t make it out alive after using up all that power. And Eleven loves her friends deeply, so we know she would sacrifice everything for them.

Who Dies on Stranger Things Season 4B?

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitrti, Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman, Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, and David Harbour as Jim Hopper in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Joyce, Murray, Dmitri, and Hopper are in a dangerous situation in Russia, but considering that they’ve managed to survive a plane crash, Siberia, imprisonment, and a Demogorgon, I have full faith in them! 

Who do you think is going to die on Stranger Things Season 4B?


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Fans React to Chilling Netflix Doc ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’

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Fans Recall Feeling 'Sick' After Watching Chilling Netflix Doc 'Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey'

The latest true-crime series on Netflix that’s gripping/disturbing audiences everywhere? Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

The four-part series is based on the polygamous religious section known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It examines the rise of leader Warren Jeffs, who, at one point (prior to his arrest), had about 69 wives, some as young as 12.

If you find the synopsis disturbing, you’re pretty much on the same page as viewers who recalled feeling quite “traumatized”  and “sic” after watching the show. 

Here are some of the tweets and reactions about Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey:

https://twitter.com/Rachel_Andrews/status/1534644130634244099?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw

https://twitter.com/SpaaceWitch666/status/1534952940695437319?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw

https://twitter.com/ClaretteWaithe1/status/1534545816442097665?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw

https://twitter.com/KimMannix/status/1534947655909904384?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw

https://twitter.com/oucrimsongirl/status/1535261255686148098?s=20&t=mGy6HiJYfutUpVJ-y_4Mgw


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WATCH: ‘Manifest’ Season 4 Sneak Peek

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WATCH: 'Manifest' Season 4 Sneak Peek from Geeked Week

The fourth and final season of Manifest is on the horizon! 

As part of Geeked Week, Netflix gave fans a first look and the upcoming season.

The clip features Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), who takes an unsolicited trip to the docks to locate a shipping container decked out in images of cherry blossom.

The shipping container that she needed to locate is glowing, so it’s likely that a vision brought her here.

But when she opens that bad boy up, it doesn’t seem like she knows what she’s looking for at all. In fact, she’s terrified to find a hand reaching for her. The man, who doesn’t seem to be doing well at all, has “Stone 828” carved into his hand. I really hope they aren’t introducing zombies into the mix. 

Netflix knew that they would pique our interest with this snippet, but since we have no other context about the scene, there’s not much to theorize or go off of in terms of what’s happening. 

All we truly know is that the Stone family is doing their best to crack the mystery of what happened to Flight 828 before time officially runs out. 

What do you think about the sneak peek? 

There is no season premiere date just yet, but according to Netflix the final season is “coming soon.” And it was confirmed that it will be released in two batches of 10 episodes. 


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