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The Umbrella Academy: What Does 5 Say to His Dad in Greek?

Number Five's Greek Words in The Umbrella Academy Have a Hidden Sentimentality

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY AIDAN GALLAGHER as NUMBER FIVE in episode 204 of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Cr. CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX  2020
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In episode four of The Umbrella Academy season two, "The Majestic 12," Five (Aidan Gallagher) calls out to Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) in ancient Greek hoping that his father will recognise him after Five narrowly survives an encounter with the Swedes, thanks to the intervention of Lila (Ritu Arya). What he says is enough to get Reginald to stop in his tracks, and for good reason.

"Ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ" are the opening lines of Homer's Odyssey, only in the original Greek. This is what Reginald reads to a young Pogo as he falls asleep in episode five "Valhalla," but for Five, it serves as a part of his own childhood as well as a nod to his status as a time traveller. If you don't read ancient Greek, the translation is roughly, "Tell me, O Muse, of the much-travelled man, who wandered many ways after he had sacked the sacred city of Troy."

It isn't until episode six, "A Light Supper," that Reginald is able to ask Five outright why he quoted Homer. Five explains that it's because Reginald forced Five and his siblings to learn it as kids "in the original Greek no less." It's clear from Five's crestfallen face at the end of "The Majestic 12" that he truly believed that Reginald would recognise him or at least the meaning behind the words. While Reginald recognises the words, he doesn't recognise his children, and is less than helpful when it comes to the apocalypse. Based on how season two ended, it's likely that Five's meddling and the disastrous supper resulted in Reginald actively avoiding the group in the future when he chose his children.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY COLM FEORE as SIR REGINALD HARGREEVES in episode 210 of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Cr. CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX  2020

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