THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Season 3 is on Netflix now. The season has 10 episodes – just like the two previous seasons. Also, it comes with quite a few changes, but everything actually works really well. Read our The Umbrella Academy season 3 review here!
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Season 3 is finally coming to Netflix. It’s been almost two years since the previous season was released (July 2020) and it ended on one hell of a cliffhanger. Basically, all our core characters managed to avoid yet another apocalypse but ended up in a very different timeline.
Since producing (and especially releasing) season 2, plenty has changed in the real world, with one crucial impact on the series. Elliot Page transitioned in between seasons 2 and 3, which has been written into the series really well.
Just like with the two previous seasons, we’re getting 10 action-packed episodes.
Continue reading our full The Umbrella Academy season 3 review below. The season premieres on Netflix on June 22, 2022.
From Vanya to Viktor
Let’s get right into the thing that everyone is wondering about; How is the transition of actor Elliot Page written into season 3 of The Umbrella Academy?
Let’s be honest, having Vanya transition into Viktor is so much more believable than seeing Vanya with a man in season 1. This feels so much better and just right. Also, in a series like The Umbrella Academy, it’s hardly the biggest plot twist to have a character transition from female to male.
Elliot Page starts the season as Vanya since we continue from where season 2 ended. However, fairly quickly the transition to Viktor happens and a series of expectable “coming out”-moments happen. It’s nothing big or crazy that’s taking up a lot of space. Instead, it’s just life moving on and evolving. Like everything else in the plot of this series.
Nothing is the same in The Umbrella Academy
To be fair, this new season of The Umbrella Academy comes with quite a few changes since we’re in a very different timeline altogether. The Umbrella Academy is now the “Sparrow” Academy instead. “Father” simply chose a completely different group of “special children” after he was confronted with the Umbrella Academy in 1963.
He was not impressed. Of course, they had also managed to be directly implicated in not one but two apocalypses.
Since all members of the Umbrella Academy are born on the same day in 1989, he had plenty of time to make new plans. And boy, did he!
Meet the Sparrows
A total of 43 children were born on this day. If you remember season 1, the mothers of these children became pregnant and gave birth within minutes, so it was kind of hard to miss the birth of these children.
Honestly, most of the Sparrows aren’t that likable. Especially Ben, who all the members of The Umbrella Academy know as their dead brother. In this timeline, he’s very much alive and a real jerk.
However, to be fair, they’ve also been treated even worse by the man who managed to ruin the original “special children” of the Academy.
Watch season 3 of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix!
Jeremy Slater is obviously still the one who developed this series for Netflix. More recently, he also created the Moon Night series for Disney+ and has many other great shows on his resume. Steve Blackman is the one who created the series and is the showrunner. He also worked on a Netflix sci-fi series like Altered Carbon.
In so many ways, nothing is the same this season. However, obviously, the core characters we’ve gotten to know during the first two seasons are still the same in most ways. The biggest changes in personality come from Allison who does go to a darker place. Also, Diego goes through a few changes, but in quite positive ways.
Number 5 continues to try and clean up the mess created by, well, everyone. Luther finally finds some true love and happiness and Klaus discovers a whole lot of new things about himself – and his abilities. For the most part, everything works really well.
What works especially well is how the transition of actor Elliot Page was written into season 3. Seriously, please believe me when I say that it works in a very organic and natural way. If you’ve enjoyed The Umbrella Academy so far, you should also be very pleased with season 3. It builds a lot on what we learned during both seasons 1 and 2.
All 10 episodes of The Umbrella Academy Season 3 are out on Netflix from June 22, 2022.
Created for Television by: Steve Blackman
Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Colm Feore, Ritu Arya, Justin Cornwell, Britne Oldford, Jake Epstein, Genesis Rodriguez, Cazzie David, Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton, Jordan Claire Robbins
After putting a stop to 1963’s doomsday, the Umbrella Academy return home to the present, convinced they prevented the initial apocalypse and fixed this godforsaken timeline once and for all. But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t exactly (okay, not at all) how they left them.
Enter the Sparrow Academy. Smart, stylish, and about as warm as a sea of icebergs, the Sparrows immediately clash with the Umbrellas in a violent face-off that turns out to be the least of everyone’s concerns.
Navigating challenges, losses, and surprises of their own – and dealing with an unidentified destructive entity wreaking havoc in the Universe (something they may have caused) — now all they need to do is convince Dad’s new and possibly better family to help them put right what their arrival made wrong.
Will they find a way back to their pre-apocalyptic lives? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a hiccup in the timeline?