The Umbrella Academy season 2 begins with main shifts within the collection: the Hargreeves siblings are actually in Dallas within the 1960s as an alternative of “The City” in modern-day, the colour palette is golden and vibrant as an alternative of darkish and angsty, and the siblings usually get together with one another. If there’s one fixed between seasons, it is the entire off-kilter bangers on the soundtrack.
One of the primary season’s most iconic, sudden track selections is They Might Be Giants’ “Istanbul” taking part in as Five battles time-traveling assassins in a donut store. Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman,” and “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” all adopted in different massive motion moments. There are some memorable songs that match acquainted tropes, just like the scene the place all of the siblings jam out individually to “I Think We’re Alone Now,” however for each couple of these, there’s additionally a Phantom of the Opera medley taking part in over a montage of the children rising up.
The newly arrived second season doubles down on the music, filling the episodes with songs that actually shouldn’t work over their respective scenes, however one way or the other completely do.
The season opener kicks off with three tracks simply within the first jiffy, however the take-the-cake second comes when Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” performs because the Hargreeves siblings staff as much as cease Soviet troopers from invading Dallas. The second episode options Perry Como masking the traditional Cinderella track “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” over scenes of the villainous Handler waking up from a coma and waltzing again into the Commission.
Showrunner Steve Blackman says choosing the music key to his inventive course of, however the best way he decides which tracks go into the present is fairly completely different from the way it’s usually completed within the trade.
“I sometimes will be listening to a song and then I imagine a scene,” Blackman says. “Very early on, I’m thinking, ‘I want to put this song over a fight scene,’ and I work that into the script — which is often backward. A lot of people add music after the fact. I work the opposite way. A lot of times, it’s organic. I’ve got a great music supervisor, John Malone, and we work together. I pick a lot of songs myself, because I love doing it.”
Season 2 additionally contains a Swedish model of Adele’s “Hello” by singer My Kullsvik taking part in as a bunch of Swedish assassins ship their fallen brother off on a Viking funeral. It’s a kind of moments the place the music begins and it takes a cut up second to comprehend precisely what track is taking part in, for the reason that melody is acquainted, however the phrases won’t be to non-Swedish audio system.
But maybe one of many season’s best selections comes on the finish of episode 7. Eccentric Klaus, who by accident began a cult someday within the 1960s and speaks to his folks in track lyrics, tries to flee from his passionate followers. One begs him for some final phrases of knowledge, and he says “Oh my God, we’re back again. Brothers, sisters, everybody sing! We’re gonna bring you the flavor. We’re gonna show you how.” His lyrical recitation instantly segues into “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” taking part in, because the Swedish assassins assault Allison and Klaus stumbles to the alleyway the place Luther and Five are ready for him.
“I love how you can have contrasting scenes,” says Blackman. “You can have a fight scene and then you have a happy song. ‘Istanbul’ is a perfect example. Backstreet Boys shouldn’t work on that fight scene, but it does. It works really really well.”
The Umbrella Academy season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.