Beyond that, the show moves from the suspense of season two into an even more intricate world, with ever-changing timelines, battles with superteams and existential dangers, presenting a ton of goofy humor and irreverence, but with the odd With new elements piled up, more and more Target feels like a group of tenacious loyalists who have the patience to keep up.
The disoriented members of the original team basically danced with their alternate timeline siblings for a season-long dance in every way, including actual dance sequences that emphasized the show’s playful tone. Interactions range from hostility and fights to relationships involving Luther (Tom Hopper) and Sparrow (Genesis Rodriguez), which one of his siblings derisively calls “Gravity Barbie.”
Once the latest blueprint is set, however, various subplots yield diminishing returns, indulging in bizarre detours while engaging in an inevitable confrontation with an amorphous menace. Adding a whole new character is a challenge, and the show grapples with pitfalls often associated with jumping in time and tinkering with these outcomes and possibilities.
Without spoiling anything, the end of season three leaves plenty of room for season four, reinforcing the feeling that it’s time to start planning a proper ending. Because when an ambitious show like “The Umbrella Academy” starts to look as though its best days are over, well, when it rains, it pours.
The third season of “The Umbrella Academy” will premiere on Netflix on June 22.