The Umbrella Academy TV present has at all times been a really free adaptation, however the core premises of the primary two seasons — stopping Viktor from ending the world and attempting to cease the JFK assassination — correlate on to these of the comics’ first two volumes. However in season 3 of the Netflix drama, showrunner Steve Blackman orchestrates one of many greatest deviations from the the Umbrella Academy comics but by giving us a very new spin on the third quantity’s titular Resort Oblivion.
[Ed. note: The following contains spoilers for both The Umbrella Academy show and comic books.]
What’s Resort Oblivion within the comics?
The comics’ Resort Oblivion isn’t a lodge in any respect. It’s a jail for probably the most notorious villains that the Umbrella Academy has ever defeated. It’s a twisted place the place each sentence is a life sentence, a single cockroach serves as dinner, and prisoners are sometimes pushed mad. Since Hargreeves constructed Resort Oblivion on a distant planet in a pocket dimension, it’s (practically) unattainable for the inmates to flee.
The one methods out and in of Oblivion are to fly by an unexplored portion of the universe known as afterspace or to make use of a televator, a teleportation gadget Hargreeves invented that’s frequent all through the world of the comics. Nevertheless, with the intention to make it safely from the lodge to the televator, you must keep away from the discover of the Scientific Man, a transparent riff on Watchmen’s Physician Manhattan, who watches over the jail from area. The Scientific Man seems to be one among Oblivion’s inmates as effectively, however has seemingly garnered particular privileges in change for taking part in warden. And judging by the bones of huge creatures riddling the planet’s floor, if the Scientific Man catches you outdoors the lodge, he’ll do much more than kindly ask you to return to your room.
The comics additionally rapidly drop in the truth that the lodge is not only a jail, however some kind of cosmic lure for a tentacled eldritch creature. This reveal will not be explored past what we simply summarized, so we genuinely haven’t any extra context to share on this matter apart from to say it’s rad.
What occurs within the Resort Oblivion comics?
The first plot of Umbrella Academy quantity three kicks off with the escape of two prisoners: the Homicide Magician, a clout-chasing hypnotist who as soon as sawed a doppelgänger of Allison in half, and Obscura, a jewel thief who has a photographic reminiscence and cameras embedded into his head.
The Homicide Magician is determined to flee Resort Oblivion, however not simply because he needs his personal freedom (though we’re positive that doesn’t harm). He’s decided to get his toddler little one far, distant from its actually monstrous mom, Clarissa. Obscura, then again, simply needs to get again to his lifetime of crime. The duo handle to make it to the televator solely to reach on the opposite aspect at a secret lab operated by the Perseus Company. Within the lab shootout that follows, Obscura is captured by Perseus workers, however an injured Homicide Magician escapes with the child.
Allison manages to trace down the Homicide Magician at his outdated lair, however so does the rage-filled Clarissa. The Homicide Magician then reveals to Allison that Clarissa isn’t a real monster, however has solely been cursed by a Magic 8 Ball. Reasonably than assault Clarissa, Allison tells her that she “heard a rumor” that the cursed toy doesn’t outline who she is. Clarissa is thus remodeled again into her human type, permitting the dysfunctional household to restore their rift. In one other candy second, the Homicide Magician apologizes to Allison for sawing a model of her in half. She graciously accepts his apology and takes the reformed villain to the hospital for life-saving remedy. That’s what we name emotional and bodily therapeutic!
In the meantime, CEO John Perseus X forces the captured Obscura to indicate him the way in which to Oblivion, from which the eccentric businessman is ready on liberating his father. In a flashback, we be taught that John Perseus IX was a moralist villain who tried to make use of the powers of a mechanical Medusa head to impose his management over the town for the betterment of society. It appears as if ever since then, John Perseus X has been working towards a approach to free his father.
When Perseus arrives at Resort Oblivion, although, he discovers that his father has died by suicide. Nevertheless, the Medusa head lives on and thirsts for revenge for being imprisoned. On his method again to his universe, a grieving Perseus is satisfied by Medusa to free the opposite imprisoned villains, who then present their gratitude by wreaking havoc on the town. Perseus, displaying the opportunist perspective that seemingly aided his rise within the company world, grasps this golden alternative to observe in his father’s footsteps. Harnessing the ability of the Medusa head, Perseus launches his personal quest to change into the town’s self-righteous “savior” (by no means thoughts the truth that he triggered this downside to start with).
The Umbrella Academy descends on the scene to truly save the town. They rapidly understand that of all of the newly freed villains, the largest menace is their archnemesis Dr. Terminal. Defeated by the Academy once they have been solely kids, Dr. Terminal has a illness that he’s solely capable of stave off by a machine he created that converts the matter he consumes into life-saving power. After years of being locked up, Dr. Terminal turns his insatiable urge for food on your complete metropolis, consuming every part in sight.
Medusa is completely residing for all this chaos and destruction, however lastly seeing the magnitude of what he’s unleashed, Perseus realizes he doesn’t wish to be aligned together with her hatred and frees himself of the pinnacle. Luther then snatches it up and — for the primary time in his life — comes up with an excellent plan. Figuring out that the Medusa head has a nuclear reactor inside, Luther tosses it to Dr. Terminal, who consumes it and is presumably defeated. We are saying presumably as a result of earlier than we will see the aftermath of Dr. Terminal consuming a nuclear reactor, the Sparrow Academy make their comics debut once they be a part of within the combat and lift all types of questions on who they’re and what’s occurring.
So, the present model of Resort Oblivion has nothing to do with the comics model?
Sure and no. The present’s Oblivion isn’t a jail, neither is it a lure for some kind of eldritch horror. It’s, nevertheless, nonetheless one among Hargreeves’ pet tasks. After discovering a portal to a different dimension in 1918, Hargreeves constructed a lodge round it, known as Resort Obsidian. However the lodge is basically only a entrance for the interdimensional Resort Oblivion, which is definitely not a lodge in any respect. As Hargreeves reveals, Resort Oblivion is an enormous failsafe machine that permits one to reset and rewrite actuality. This mirrors the comics’ Resort Oblivion residing in a pocket dimension the place actuality is continually renewing itself — although we don’t see any kind of actuality renovation occurring within the comics.
There are echoes of the comics in smaller methods as effectively. The present’s Oblivion continues to be watched over by ruthless guardians — now 4 samurai relatively than The Scientific Man. And as a substitute of the cockroaches being dinner, they’re the brains and our bodies powering these samurai, which is one way or the other much more stomach-churning. The ending of season 3, which reveals this model of Hargreeves is a titan of enterprise, additionally calls to thoughts the company ties of Resort Oblivion’s Perseus storylines. It’s potential this ending might even be establishing Perseus — or Perseus-inspired plots — to be launched in season 4.
Whereas that is all good and enjoyable, although, the present’s Oblivion isn’t the one factor we hoped it might be: a jail full of supervillains who then are let out. That’s all we wished, actually. Simply an finish of season melee the place the Umbrellas and Sparrows should face down a legion of eccentric villains within the streets. It’s an action-packed, larger-than-life storyline that begs to be placed on display screen and set to one of many present’s infamous needle drops. And but we have been sadly denied this spectacle.
Regardless of this, we are going to by no means surrender hope on getting our supervillain showdown. With a brand new timeline every season comes new alternatives for a pocket dimension jail break. Or no less than that’s what we’re going to inform ourselves.