This week we’re talking about Umbrella Academy and the latest “TV” show about Dysfunctional Super Hero Families. There are some really cool themes in this show. One of the most prominent themes is that family bond’s don’t all have to be biological… unless you’re in love? But aside from the mushy stuff, there is time travel, tentacle monsters, robot care takers, and talking monkeys, what else could you ask for? We start the episode out talking about our Non Spoilery thoughts and then jump into it from there. If you haven’t watched it, you really should, and then according to Tayler you should start watching Keeping up with the Kardashians… I don’t know I think I’ll wait on that one…
- The Umbrella Academy was written by Gerard Way, the singer of My Chemical Romance, who channeled his own painful feelings into the series when his band was going through turmoil while the verge of breaking up.
- The Netflix series was originally supposed to be a movie with Universal Pictures.
- The actor who plays Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) is only 15 years old.
- Ellen Page said playing the violin is hard work. She actually had a violin double — a 16-year-old prodigy named Imogen.
- Modern technology does not exist in the Umbrella Academy world. Ellen, Aidan, and Robert Sheehan (who plays Klaus) all agreed that they preferred the world without technology.
- Mary J. Blige said she had to go to “really bad places” to get in the mindset of a character (Cha-Cha) who was so empty inside.
- The team who brought Pogo to life were the same ones who worked on Planet of the Apes.
- From the get go, Mary J. Blige wanted to do a lot of her own stunts. On the initial call with Blackman she said, “If you let me punch and shoot and do my stunts, I’m in.”
- In fact, Mary J. Blige had martial arts training every day of the shoot in Toronto.
- Tom wore a muscle suit to make him look bigger. He originally wanted to bulk up for the role but couldn’t gain enough to make his character look the way he should.
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