Whether it’s comics from which the series is adapted or pop culture, Umbrella Academy is full of references of all kinds each season. Here are those of the new burst of episodes.
Warning, this article contains spoilers for season 3 of Umbrella Academy!
Released on June 22, the third season ofUmbrella Academy includes several nods to comics written by Gerard Way and drawn by Gabriel Ba but also to cinematographic works. We present to you the main ones:
Umbrella Academy meets Footloose and Guardians of the Galaxy
The first episode of season 3 picks up where season 2 ended, namely with a face to face between the Umbrella Academy and the Sparrow Academy, the team formed by Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) in the reality where the heroes arrived.
And while we expect a fight between the two teams, they finally embark on a hilarious dance battle to the rhythm of the song Footloose, with dance steps identical to the movie of the same name. It is also a nod to Guardians of the Galaxy in which Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) considers the 80s film to be the best in history and often uses dance as a tactic against its enemies!
A delirious scene which nevertheless has a very rational explanation…
A nod to My Chemical Romance
In her first screen appearance, the Sparrow Sloane (Genesis Rodriguez) is shown reading a book called The Jetset Life. A reference to the song of the group My Chemical Romance The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You, whose leader, Gerard Way, is none other than the author of the comic strip Umbrella Academy.
The Televator from the comics
Also in the first episode of the season, we can see, in the cellar of the Sparrow Academy, a poster for the Televator, an invention of Sir Reginald in the comics, already mentioned in season 2. It is an elevator which allows you to teleport to different places. Note that the season ends with the members of the Umbrella Academy exiting a mysterious elevator. Could it be the Televator? Case to follow.
The Obsidian or Overlook Hotel?
Much of the plot of this new season takes place in a hotel called the Obsidian and based on the Hotel Oblivion from the comics. Its decorations are very reminiscent of one of the most famous cinema hotels: the Overlook of shining.
Harlan’s Room (Callum Keith Rennie), in particular, has a wallpaper with the same geometric patterns as the carpet on which Danny rides a tricycle in an iconic scene from the film by Stanley Kubrick. In an interview confirming the referencethe creator of the series also revealed that he was inspired by the works of Wes Anderson to create the Obsidian.
A familiar dog to comic book readers
The name of the hotel receptionist’s pug, Mr. Pennycrumb, should sound familiar to Umbrella Academy comic book readers. It is indeed the name given to the dog of Five (Aidan Gallagher) in the comics where the furball follows him all over the apocalyptic future he is stuck in at the start of the story.
During Season 3, Allison (Emmy Raver Lampman) and Victor (Elliot Page) cut their hair, making them look much more like their comic book counterparts, Rumor and White Violin, than before. Enough to satisfy the most authentic readers!
The Diego of the comics preview
Episode 6 contains another nod to the source material: when Stan (Javon Walton) disappears, swallowed by the kugelblitz, the point is made on the drink he was holding in his hand the second before and which now ends up on the ground. Above, we can clearly notice a character who is none other than the comic book version of Diego (David Castaneda) who looks at the goblet with bewilderment.
From Rosebud to Oblivion
In the third episode, Klaus (Robert Sheehan) is watching the series Hooker with William Shatner beside his sleeping adoptive father. The latter then whispers in his sleep the word “Oblivion”, with a close-up on his mouth before he drops the remote control he is holding in his hand. A plan similar to that of the death of Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kaneoften considered the best movie of all time, where the tycoon drops a snow globe from his hand while muttering “Rosebud”.
Umbrella Academy vs Legion
The way in which Harlan’s powerful powers are filmed in the flashbacks of episode 4, are strongly reminiscent of the series Legion, whether in terms of production, colors and even sound effects. No wonder when you know that several members of the technical team of Umbrella Academy worked on the series of noah hawley ! The flashback scene closing the episode is, moreover, accompanied by a song by… Jeremy Rennera.k.a Hawkeye in the Marvel Universe.
Prime 8s Group & Clever Crisp Cereals
Finally, other references to the Umbrella Academy comics have crept into the new burst of episodes such as an advertisement for Clever Crisp cereal, invented by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, displayed in the Korean subway in the opening scene of the season or a vinyl from the band Prime 8s worn by Lila (Ritu Arya) in episode 2. This is, in the comics, the name of the group formed by Number 2 and 7 in their teens!