Unless you’ve been time traveling for the Commission, you’re aware that season two of Umbrella Academy have been dominating Netflix, social media and leaving fans hungry for season three. Seriously that ending made me spit out my black coffee. The stakes were higher, the jokes funnier and the character arcs perfection. Even though I’d love to rave about all of the characters, I had to write about Allison and her activism in season 2. Seeing Allison’s activism in the 60’s holding up a mirror to 2020, where we still have to say black lives matter was an outer body experience. Emmy Raver-Lampman discussed this and more in a recent interview. Let’s unpack everything, but beware I heard a rumor that spoilers may lay ahead.
It was no surprise that our favorite weird family was time traveling this season, but once I saw Allison landing in the 60’s I immediately thought ‘well this won’t end well‘. Unlike the rest of her siblings, Allison being a black woman in an era with no voice (both literally and metaphorically) had to be addressed and addressed properly. While the season was in production in 2019, no one could have predicted the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, nor the protests that followed suit. Actress Emmy Raver-Lampman, who plays Allison, tells SYFY WIRE
But this show, coming now, and Allison’s story being part of a storyline that is resonating in a way that will be seen on millions of television screens around the world… it’s something our country has been dealing with — against and for — for hundreds of years and still are.
Watching Allison participating in sit ins, or her husband getting attacked by the police painfully reminded me that although we’ve made some progress, there’s still so much left to do. To see Allison take charge and plan protests (all while not using her powers) was truly a highlight, it was a rebirth of this character. Emmy continues with
The movement for social injustice, and equality, and the ending of the brutality of Black and brown bodies didn’t start with George Floyd. It started 400 years ago. And the show is tying a thicker string between the fight of the civil rights movement and the fight of the Black Lives Matter movement, and shining a brighter light on the fact that it is the same fight. It is the same struggle and the same violence playing out.
Emmy is completely right; the good fight started centuries before George Floyd and we’re still fighting it. Seeing Allison tackle this fight without her powers showcase that anyone can cause goo trouble. And that makes you heroic.