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  1. Cthulhudrew

    The Umbrella Academy

    I think that she did tell them about it, even if none of them (aside from maybe Allison?) had intended to go. I seem to recall Diego making a comment when they showed him the paper to the effect of "oh, yeah, her concert tonight." So I'm pretty sure that even if we didn't see it, at least a few of them had been told. I did really like their reactions upon seeing Vanya play and realizing just how talented their sister really had become. It is little bits like that that make this show for me, and that it does much better than these big superheroey plots that walk the line of being cliche. Also, regarding the oddity of technology in the world; I noticed this too, and it made me wonder why they just didn't set the show in the 70s or 80s, rather than try to make it modern day, but with pre-digital revolution technology. It was just kind of an odd choice to make, unless there was supposed to be a more salient reason for it that just never actually made it on-screen.
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Re: Nannies- I didn't get the impression any of them had died, just been beaten up (and quite possibly terribly injured- especially the third). I felt a little let down by the last several episodes. The Hazel and Cha-cha storyline never progressed much beyond incidental (and dark) humor, to the point that I feel it was largely wasted time once their hunt for Five and murder of Patch. I also didn't care much for Kate Walsh's character, though I'm not sure it was due to the writing or her performance. I felt the Vanya storyline just went through the motions at a certain point, and didn't really do either the actors or the story up to that point any justice. It was superficial, too quickly resolved, and too sloppily- requiring characters to perform as the story needed them to, and not as I felt they would/should have by that point. Plus the "cliffhanger" ending just felt too commercially contrived. I already mentioned how I felt gypped by episode 6. I can't stand reset buttons in stories. I cannot think of any time that I have seen it done well, and it is just a disservice to the audience to have your characters grow and have meaningful interactions only to wipe the slate clean again. Granted, a lot of the beats that were hit in that episode still ended up coming to fruition in episode 7, but only for the peripheral characters (Hazel, Cha-cha, etc.). You took some of the best, most poignant moments of the main characters- Diego and Klaus bonding; Allison and Luther's "dance"- and just gave me the middle finger by pulling the football away from me as I was about to connect. That definitely colored my view of the remaining episodes. That said, by and large I did enjoy this series. The characters were mostly colorful and likeable. The setting was interesting- although I could never quite grasp what they were trying to do with the timeline (it is seemingly modern day, based on certain references, but then you have typewriters, trimline phones, etc.). Like others, Klaus and Five were the standouts of the series. Diego was a jerk, but had moments of genuine vulnerability. Luther and Allison needed a bit more attention, but the broad strokes of their characters were there. Vanya was more interesting in the beginning than she became in the end. And Ben- I wanted more Ben. That they left the revelation of his continued existence for the finale was yet another disappointment of E10, but this was such a great departure from the comics for them to include him here. As someone else noted, there is always S2 to have more of him. A lot of great ideas, some of them very well-executed, others not so much. Enough to hook me for another season if there is one, and I would recommend it.
  3. Cthulhudrew

    The Umbrella Academy

    I thought he was a future Number Five early on as well; his voice and mannerisms seemed reminiscent of Five, and it seemed like (initially) there was a connection between Five and Vanya that was missing among the other siblings. I thought maybe there was going to develop a romance between them based on that. Once it was clear that wasn't the case, I had a hard time with Leonard's character. Aside from the skeeviness of his manipultions and the very thin motive behind it, there was a definite lack of chemistry between him and Ellen Page's Vanya. Not to mention- as others have noted- the cliched story that turned an otherwise interesting character (Vanya) into a plot device and took away any real agency from her. That was actually the biggest shortcoming here for me- both Vanya and Allison (the main female characters)- seemed to lack depth, and served mostly as a foil for other elements of the plot. I liked Allison a lot, and she definitely was more proactive than Vanya, but I never really got much of a feel for her character. Even in the episode that was (ostensibly) about her, we were never quite given a real glimpse of how her powers and Greeves' upbringing molded her. We were told she used her powers her whole life to get the things she wanted, but the only instance we see of that is with her daughter (and some admittedly haunting voiceovers of other cases she used it with her daughter), but never how she used it in other aspects of her life. On the contrary, from the minute she came onscreen, Allison was always the most nurturing, self-sacrificing one of the group. So I'd have liked to see that contrast- perhaps in flashbacks. I will say, having read the comics after watching this, that the tv show elevates the source material greatly (not unlike S1 and 2 of The Walking Dead; beyond which the quality of that show deteriorated for me as it started to be molded to match the comics.)
  4. Cthulhudrew

    The Umbrella Academy

    I feel gypped by episode 6.
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Okay, a minor gripe. Something's been off to me regarding the chronology of the show for a while now, and I just chalked it up to the whole tv conceit of just handwaving how many days/weeks have gone by- particularly between episodes- in order to make it seem like not everything is happening in the span of 8 hours of showtime. But episode 5 really made it blatant and instantly drew me out of the show when, (and for the sake of everyone I'll throw in some spoilers here): I'm sure it could be easily handwaved away, and maybe it isn't something easily noticed, but it stood out pretty solidly to me and drew me out of the moment, so... bad.
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    The Umbrella Academy

    Definitely will keep watching past ep 1. Enough mystery and intrigue, coupled with a killer score, some great performances. I'm interested to see if the tone they chose for this carries through the entire show. Sometimes it is something that comes and goes episodically, but that would be a shame in this case. It gives the show a distinctiveness not found in your typical superhero fare.
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    S05.E14: Cause and XS

    (Emphasis mine). He actually looked half asleep in that last scene with Nora, and I don't mean acting half-asleep; you could see the tiredness in his eyes and expression. I wondered if they'd dragged him out of bed to shoot or if he was on something.
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    S05.E14: Cause and XS

    Also, I think she had to run through KF's frost blast in order to "slow" herself down to be able to do it. Again, not well explained, but that was my take on that scene and her thanks to the team at the end (and the quick cut to Caitlin when she noted their help in slowing her down and that maybe she could do it herself next time). I'm not sure why she needed to grab Ralph's arm at all, though Cisco's vibe-hole was self-explanatory.
  9. Cthulhudrew

    S05.E14: Cause and XS

    I agree; that was ridiculous. I thought they were going to explain it away by revealing that she had already begun rewinding time by that point and hence her panic, but no. Just over the top antics. Or push her out of the way at super speed?
  10. I was kind of meh on the first half of this season, but it has really picked up since the break. Also, Krondon's acting has improved by leaps and bounds over these two seasons. He steals every scene he's in now, and just fills the screen with so much energy.
  11. Cthulhudrew

    S05.E14: Cause and XS

    Oh, wow. I did not think it was possible, but Chris Klein has actually gotten worse as an actor as the season progresses. On the plus side, all the scenery chewing he's doing is probably healthier for him. ETA: What a dull, trite, predictable episode. "All I have to do is be myself to get the girl?" "All I have to do is confide in my teammates and tell them how the villain does the exact same thing each and every time so that we can work together to stop him?" Hugs and smooshies all around, everyone!!! I am so tired of watching Nora pout in every episode. And when she does that stiff arm walk when she's trying to portray a self-conscious (and apparently 25 going on 13 year old) girl. On a positive note, TC is actually getting better at portraying an interesting Harrison Sherloque (even while getting worse at Thawne). If they'd shown Sherloque in this light all season, instead of getting overly cutesy with the unsubtle Sherlock Holmes and ex-wife gags, I'd have been much more interested in the character.
  12. Cthulhudrew

    S07.E13: Star City Slayer

    One down. Two to go. Is it me or is Diggle talking more and more like Eobard Thawne in this episode? All low and throaty. Weird.
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    S05.E13: Goldfaced

    I'm still disappointed that they didn't keep him to play Thanos after the first Avengers. :(
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    S05.E13: Goldfaced

    Renee Adler. Of course. *sigh* The writers couldn't have been any less subtle, could they?
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    S04.E12: I Need a Break

    I was genuinely convinced they were just going to write off Rebecca's BPD treatment this season, so I'm glad to see the writers have her acknowledge that it is going to be a lifetime commitment to her mental and emotional health. Really enjoyed Greg's song. Paula's heart attack got me in the feels. A good friend of mine went through pretty much that exact scenario several years ago. Worked herself right into a heart attack without realizing it, and she has to be really conscientious of everything now. I still think she works too hard, but she takes care of herself much better. It's scary to know that it can just sneak up on you without warning like that.
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