Beyond that, the show descends from its cliffhanger in its second season into an increasingly complex world of changing timelines, super-team battles and existential dangers, presented with a lot of crazy humor and disrespect, but as strange new elements accumulate, increasingly focused on what feels like a resilient group of loyalists eager to keep up.
The disoriented members of the original team essentially engage in dance throughout the season with their siblings with an alternate timeline on different fronts, including an actual dance sequence that emphasizes the playful tone of the show. Interactions range from hostility and battles to a relationship involving Luther (Tom Hopper) and Sparrow (Genesis Rodriguez), whom one of his siblings mockingly calls “Gravitational Barbie.”
Yet, once the latest scheme is in place, the various sub-plots yield diminishing returns, indulging in strange detours as they build on the inevitable confrontation with the amorphous threat. Adding a whole new group of characters is a challenge and the show struggles with the pitfalls often associated with skipping time and tinkering with these results and possible opportunities.
Without spoiling anything, the finale of the third season leaves a lot of room for the fourth, which reinforces the feeling that it’s time to start planning an appropriate conclusion. Because when an ambitious show like Umbrella Academy starts to look like its best days are behind it, it’s raining when it rains.
The third season of “Umbrella Academy” premieres on June 22 on Netflix.