Umbrella Academy Season 3 Wasted Reginald’s Alien Identity Reveal

Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy season 3.

Netflix's The Umbrella Academy season 3 wastes Reginald Hargreeves's alien identity reveal from season 2's penultimate episode. Much as The Umbrella Academy's biggest season 3 twist gets skipped over, the popular superhero series also fails the potential of Reginald's alien identity. Instead, season 3 is mostly centered around the Umbrellas versus the Sparrows and the Kugelblitz threatening all of reality.

To the rest of the world, Reginald Hargreeves is merely an eccentric billionaire adventurer, but episode 9 of The Umbrella Academy season 2 reveals the deadly alien hiding underneath. Reginald briefly sheds his skin to massacre the group of men that organized the assassination of JFK after they threaten to expose the real Reginald to the world. However, Reginald keeps his human skin on for the entirety of The Umbrella Academy season 3.


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The Umbrella Academy wastes Reginald's alien identity by not making his secret a larger aspect of season 3 outside of his motivation to save his destroyed home world. Instead, Reginald spends the first half of the season quietly docile due to the drugs administered by the missing Sparrow Academy, courtesy of former Hargreeves butler, Pogo. Given that Reginald ultimately orchestrates the reprogramming of the universe and resets everything in accordance with his desires, The Umbrella Academy season 3 could have had Reginald as a more active threat compared to the challenges the Umbrella and Sparrow Academies had to face.

Embracing Reginald's Alien Identity Would've Improved Umbrella Academy S3


The Umbrella Academy season 3 would have been improved by embracing Reginald's alien identity because season 3 lacks any villains comparable to those in previous seasons. Though the threat of apocalypse is prominent in each season, only in season 3 is the apocalypse fully characterized into the Kugelblitz. Besides each impending apocalypse, The Umbrella Academy season 1 has villains in Hazel, Cha-Cha, and Leonard, and season 2 has The Swedes, The Handler, and the superpowered Lila Pitts. Season 3 drops the ball on its villains by choosing to pit the Kugelblitz, Grace, and the cockroach guardians of Hotel Oblivion against the united Sparrows and Umbrellas. While the Umbrellas and Sparrows did briefly clash, the Sparrows were never true villains and Reginald's alien identity combined with his nefarious plans that drove Pogo to have him drugged could have set up Reginald as a more interesting villain than the guardians, Grace, and the Kugelblitz.

Even though The Umbrella Academy season 3 overlooked Reginald's alien secret, the series still has a chance to follow through with its alien premise in a potential season 4. The Umbrella Academy season 4 has yet to be confirmed, however with Reginald's Hotel Oblivion plan a success, the Monocle looks to have a much larger role to play if the series is picked up for another season. This could make for the most imposing Reginald yet, not the least because the Umbrellas will have a much harder time against Reginald Hargreeves considering their apparent lack of powers in the new universe.