There is an increasingly frustrating downside to Umbrella Academy separating all of its characters at the start of the season: it's beginning to feel it will take too long to bring them all back together again. The first season flourished on the alien ball chemistry, and natural tensions, which spread to the surface whenever this completely dysfunctional family got stuck in the same room. But the second season decided to split them all up again, and so far, none of the individual stories are forced enough to stand on their own for a long time. There is a reason why "Swedish business" starts with a short and exhausting montage that chronicles Klaus's many-year rise to becoming a sectarian leader: this article - while worthy of laughter - is not enough to keep more than a few minutes of public attention.

You can feel the stress across each story in this episode, which managed to be very busy without doing much to move the plot forward. Vania responds to an attack by the Swedish Trio of Assassins (and discovers her superpower in the process). Klaus Springs springs Alison's husband from prison. Luther tries to reconnect with Alison, discovers that she is married, and escalates into a deeper depression. Diego and finally arrived at night.

"Swedish work" contains one story with a few extra emotional punches. Klaus tracks his old partner, David, who works at a local hardware store. You may remember David from season one when he and Klaus fell in love while serving together in Vietnam. David died, and Klaus returned to 2019, frustrated with sadness and PTSD from a life that no one else could really understand.

Now, thanks to time travel, Klaus and David can be reunited again - but how successful has this been? On the whole, the Hargreeves kids have adapted well to life in Dallas. But this story speaks about one of the tragic complications of time travel: the desperate desire to fix everything that originally went wrong. Klaus and David fell in love amid the war. Here, before the war, Klaus believed he could discourage David from enlisting and saving his life - even if there was a very real opportunity that also meant that David did not fall in love with her in the first place.

Unfortunately, one of the weird things about building the Umbrella Academy's second season around the second end of the world (eight days and counting!) Is that it makes most of these smaller, more personal, subjective lines. It really doesn't matter if Klaus prevents David from being recruited if he would only die by a nuclear bomb before he goes to Vietnam anyway. When you prioritize, literally stopping the death of every person in the world is a big trump card.

Then there is Alison and Ray sit in dinner for eggs only. We have been preparing for this moment for a few episodes, and it's hard to watch legally. The dinner erupts with discontent, as staffers pour salt and coffee into peaceful black protesters who know that the arrival of the police could mean their death.

Unfortunately, the episode also makes the very misleading choice of cutting between dinner and Luther's latest quarrel in the fighting pit. Luther, sad to know that Alison has found love with another person, decides to dive, begging his opponent to hit him in numbness. As a result, the intersection between Alison and Luther’s stories has an effect in mixing the stark reality of a police officer by beating a black man to death - a patriotic shame that America is painfully dealing with him now - with a ridiculous scene of a depressing superhero calling someone to punch in oblivion.

I have been wondering how an annoying show like Umbrella Academy would tackle a painful subject, and execution as flawed as I feared it might be. Genre stories can definitely go into deep social and cultural issues. (See HBO's Watchmen, for example.) But as much as I enjoy Umbrella Academy from moment to moment, I don't think the series has the depth or sophistication to handle this story with the weight it requires and deserves. She says that the "solution" is merely using Allison's great power to make the policeman stop beating her husband to death, and it is one way to borrow the seriousness of a real social problem without having to say anything about it. We don't get any decision whatsoever on the fate of all other black Americans who are under attack by dinner sponsors and police officers because Umbrella Academy isn't really interested in them as human beings. They are ultimately thinking of a story already revolving around the growing tension between Alison and Ray, who is beginning to realize that his wife has some of her own deep secrets.