In episode 207, “Öga For Öga,” of Umbrella Academy, Five secures a way back to stop the apocalypse by making a nefarious deal with the Handler. Five assassinates the Commission’s board of directors in exchange for a briefcase that will take him and his siblings back to 2019, but they only have 90 minutes to do so.
Will Five and his siblings be able to pull through and meet the deadline? The quick answer, no, not really because there are three more episodes left.
This episode was a bit underwhelming since the overall plot seems forced from the get-go. Even though there are great scenes, funny moments, and excellent music choices as usual throughout the show, it’s kind of easy to predict where it was going.
Five Takes Out The Commission’s Board
The opening scene with Five assassinating the board of directors is one of the absolute highlights of this episode, if not the entire season so far.
During the scene, Five uses an ax to brutally decapitate, disembowel, and dice the members one by one in a bloody frenzy that shows how fearsome Five can be.
In the aftermath, he spares AJ (the fish in a man’s body from episode 2) whom he gives to the Handler in exchange for the briefcase that will safely return Five and the rest of the Hargreeves back to 2019.
With the board gone, the Handler easily takes over the Commission and institutes herself as the new leader with Lila as her head of security. This could certainly mean bad news for the Umbrella Academy despite the Handler’s vow of leaving Five and his siblings alone.
Ben Possesses Klaus
After discovering that he can possess Klaus in the previous episode, Ben asks Klaus if he can do it again so he can have a moment with Jill, the woman he’s been crushing on that’s part of Klaus’ cult. Klaus reluctantly allows him but sets some ground rules before they go through with it.
Ben, in Klaus’ body, ends up having the best day of his life for years as he savors every moment touching, feeling, smelling, and tasting things again. He even lays down on a garden patch and contently says “I love dirt” while making a dirt angel.
Soon after, Jill joins him and he has the moment he’s been desperately craving for as they talk and enjoy each other’s company. But then he awkwardly asks to smell her hair but that’s okay because after all, Ben hasn’t smelled anything for a long time.
To his shock, however, Jill responds strongly and wants to have sex with him saying they’ve done it before and even calls him “daddy,” implying that Klaus has had sex with her already.
Before Ben can process this discovery, Diego shows up to take him to Five, so they can return to 2019. In a sweet moment, Ben reveals to Diego that it’s him possessing Klaus’s body, and he proves it by saying something only he and Diego would know.
The two share a heartfelt brotherly moment but soon separate afterward as each of them has unfinished business before meeting up with Five.
No One Is Insignificant
In a tense moment between Vanya and Five (arguably the two most powerful members of the team), Vanya insists on bringing Sissy and Harlan back to 2019 to take them away from the unhappy marital situation with Carl.
Both of them begin emanating powerful glows, signaling that each of them is ready to use force if necessary to convince the other.
Vanya argues that bringing a housewife and her troubled child isn’t significant enough to cause a shift in the timeline.
However, Five snaps back at her and says “No one is insignificant!”
This resonates with Vanya given that she herself had personal experiences with being disregarded, so she powers down and listens to Five’s reasoning.
Vanya still secretly tries to bring Sissy and Harlan with her, however, but she’s arrested and knocked unconscious because Sissy foolishly left a letter to Carl telling him of their escape, which prompts Carl to report them to his brother who happens to be a police officer.
No One Makes It Back To 2019
In a less than surprising twist of the episode, most of the siblings (apart from Luther and Klaus) make it to the deadline.
Diego, while trying to bury to the corpse of Elliott, gets drugged and kidnapped by Lila and takes him to the Commission where he introduces him as her boyfriend to her mother.
Allison tries to convince Ray to go with her to the future as well, but he refuses and wants to continue the fight for civil liberties. Afterward, they are attacked by the Swedes where Allison is forced to rumor one of the brothers to kill the other. She misses the deadline too because the fight took too long.
Ben hilariously quotes lyrics from the Backstreet Boys song “Everybody” to try and pass it off as parting words to Klaus’ cult followers. This line also triggers the final sequence of the episode as Ben says “Oh my god! We’re back again. Brothers and sisters everybody sing!” as the song starts playing in the background.
The main flaw of this episode is the premise of a time limit regarding the briefcase that Five receives from the Handler. It’s a bit of a cop-out in terms of being used as a narrative device, and even though the episode isn’t bad at all. In fact, there are many memorable scenes particularly involving Five and Ben that definitely stands out as some of the best this season.
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.
It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021.
The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up.
Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.
2021 is flying by, and I have to credit the fact that there has been so much good television available!
Despite COVID-19 still holding a grasp on the world, plenty of our favorite TV shows were able to return to production and deliver outstanding seasons that are keeping us entertained every single day of the week.
March sees a return of some favorites on primetime along with some new additions to streaming.
Here’s everything to watch on March 2021:
Debris – NBC (March 1)
Calling all sci-fi fans! Two international agents are tasked with investigating mysterious wreckage that falls from the sky. As British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi lead the charge to track down all the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere, they realize it’s a race against time!
The Voice – NBC (March 1)
The singing competition returns for season 20 with Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at the helm!
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix (March 1)
The documentary on famed rapper The Notorious B.I.G. celebrates his life and tracks his journey to rap king alongside rare footage and in-depth interviews.
New Amsterdam – NBC (March 2)
With the pandemic still in full-swing, season 3 kicks off with a plane crash in the East River.
Wandavision – Disney Plus (March 5)
One of the longest episodes of the season marks the season finale of the series as it embarks into full MCU territory.
GoodGirls – NBC (March 7)
Your favorite suburban criminals are back for season 4! Beth, Ruby, and Annie continue their life of crime by pouring themselves into Boland Bubbles to wash money for “homeboy.” With the FBI hot on their trail, will they find a way to stay above water?
Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy – ABC (March 11)
After going on hiatus in December, the Shondaland shows return with a crossover that tackles the issue of human trafficking.
A Million Little Things – ABC (March 11)
After a nearly three-month wait, A Million Little Things is finally getting new episodes and it’s going to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the synopsis: “As [the virus] becomes more widespread across the U.S., Boston goes into lockdown putting Rome’s movie in jeopardy and forcing Maggie to return home from Oxford. Because the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, Eddie’s back surgery is cancelled, leading him to take desperate measures to cope with the severe pain.
Love Alarm – Netflix (March 12)
The popular K-drama about an app that alerts people if someone in the area likes them returns for its second season on Netflix!
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix (March 17)
You’re familiar with the college bribery scandal that brought down Aunt Becky and other wealthy parents who stopped at nothing to get their children into top-tier universities. The documentary synopsis reads: “Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”
Everything you’ve heard is true. But you haven’t heard everything. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps the filmmaker behind Fyre brings you Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal pic.twitter.com/kwsqTCSkqq
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 1 and 2 – Disney Plus (March 19)
The highly-anticipated Marvel action series brings together Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who “team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the action picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” with the first two episodes airing on the streamer on March 19 and March 26, respectively.
The Irregulars – Netflix (March 26)
The Sherlock Holmes spin-off series follows a group of “troubled street teens” who are wrapped into solving crimes and saving London from supernatural elements by the “sinister Doctor Watson.”
Pooch Perfect – ABC (March 30)
Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is set to host this dog grooming reality competition that’s based on a UK competition of the same name (also hosted by Wilson). The episodes will spotlight 10 dog groomers around the country competing in challenges.
Comedic geniuses Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite as Akeem and Semmi to take audiences back to Zamunda, the royal country made popular in the 80s. It’s worth the watch if only for nostalgia’s sake.
Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus (March 5)
After being delayed the coronavirus pandemic, the film will finally debut months later. It’ll premiere simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters on the same day! Per the synopsis: ” Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.”
Moxie – Netflix (March 3)
Amy Poehler lends her talents to a second Netflix original about a shy 16-year-old who is inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and publishes an anonymous zine to tackle sexism inside the high school hallways.
Yes Day – Netflix (March 12)
Saying “no” to your kids can be difficult, so parents Allison (played by Jennifer Garner) and Carlos give their kids one day where they say “yes” to all their requests.
Paper Lives(Kağıttan Hayatlar) – Netflix (March 15)
The Turkish drama finds warehouse worker Mehmet (starring Çağatay Ulusoy) working in an impoverished neighborhood where he becomes responsible for a small boy.
It’s no secret that the cast of Schitt’s Creek genuinely likes each other.
It seems to be one of the few shows where there’s no bad blood or animosity between the cast, which speaks to their greatness.
The series, which swept the Emmys in 2020 and was nominated for five Golden Globes in 2021, is a bonafide hit as it provides plenty of laughs alongside heartfelt and even groundbreaking TV moments.
But after wrapping up its sixth and final season last year, many fans have found themselves wondering if that’s really it.
What are the chances of a spinoff, reboot, or movie? It’s not entirely out of the question yet.
Dan Levy, the show’s co-creator who also starred as David Rose, has hinted at the possibility.
Now, Emily Hampshire, who played deadpan receptionist and David’s eventual BFF, spoke with Good Morning America and weighed in with her thoughts.
“I cannot share any details, ’cause I want to do it and I wouldn’t be asked back,” she explained, which doesn’t exactly sound like a “no.”
“I would be down for all of that,” she continued. “Usually when you’re on a show you don’t want to spend another day with your entire cast and we did. We loved it — I would do anything with that group of people.”
She added that it felt “extra special” to end the series on such a high note.
“Even though none of us wanted to end, I was glad we were done because I would never want the pressure of going for another season after you’ve swept the Emmys, it’s all downhill from there,” she explained.
And something tells us, the brilliant minds of the Levy’s — Eugene and Dan — could come up with a good reason to return to the small or big screen.
For now, however, we have to settle for seeing Dan and Emily in their own respective Super Bowl commercials.
Dan is starring in the upcoming M&M’s commercial that will air during the big game, while Emily is set to appear in Cutwater Spirits’ upcoming and first 30-second Super Bowl Sunday spot.
Emily also imagined what each character’s go-to Super Bowl cocktail would be, and well, it’s eerily on-point.
“Stevie Budd would be a fan of the Long Island iced tea I would say, because of its dive-bar vibes. She might also like a spicy bloody Mary or two on a Sunday — that’s Stevie vibes,” she said.
“David would most likely go for anything with tequila — he would love the new mango marg ’cause he would just want to say ‘marg’ all the time,” she said in her best David Rose voice.
“Johnny is a classic man so he would love any mule — Alexis would love the vodka soda cause it’s like zero sugar, zero carbs — she’d probably also gravitate towards cucumber because it’s like fancy spa water, but with vodka.” Finally, she said O’Hara’s character would choose the Tiki Rum Mai Tai, “’cause I would make her just to hear her say it in her Moira Rose accent.”