Catch up with The Umbrella Academy family members before season 2!

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The Umbrella Academy is weird, funny, emotional, and we can’t wait for season 2. Catch up with the dysfunctional Hargreeves family before Friday!

The Umbrella Academy season 1 was a hit. The show, based on the comic book series of the same name created by Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way, starts by telling us that, one day in 1989, 43 women woke up to find themselves pregnant, and immediately gave birth to babies with extraordinary gifts. Mysterious rich guy Reginald Hargreeves adapts seven of these children and turns them into a superhero group called The Umbrella Academy. Reginald was hard on them, and pretty all of them grew up with serious emotional issues. They’re a family, but a dysfunctional one.

They’re brought back together as adults by their father’s death, and eventually get wrapped up in a plot involving the apocalypse. They try to prevent it…and fail. Right before it all ends, the seven of them are zapped back into the past, where they hope to find enough time to prevent the inevitable. By the looks of it, the past isn’t going to be much quieter:

All seven of our main characters went on a wild ride in the first season, and it will be interesting to see what is in store for them when The Umbrella Academy season 2 drops this Friday on Netflix. For those looking to get back in the swing of things, here’s everything you need to know about this tremendously dysfunctional family of superheroes before they come back for another round.

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Number One, a.k.a. Luther, Spaceboy

Luther is played by Tom Hopper, who fans will recognize from Game of Thrones (Dickon Tarly) and Black Sails (Billy Bones). When we first met this mammoth human being, he’s stationed on the Moon carrying out a very important mission for his father, which we later find out was all a farce just to give him purpose.

Of all the siblings, Luther tried the hardest to impress their father, Reginald Hargreeves. After getting pushed too hard on a mission, Reginald had to inject him with a serum that gave is body ape-like properties to prevent him from dying. He possesses superhuman strength and is the de facto leader of the group…or at least, he’s the biggest.

However, in the first season, there are several times when Luther realizes his decisions aren’t always the right ones, especially when it comes to raves. He starts to realize that maybe it’s not always right just to have one person calling the shots, and that a team effort is the only way to protect his family and the world.

Luther definitely has some unresolved issues left over from the first season. He’ll have to find a way to get past his daddy issues and either fully step up and be the leader the team needs or step aside and let someone else take the reins.

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