It takes all of our heroes a while to negotiate their relationships with one another: It's implied that years ago, one by one, each of them left the Academy, going off to pursue lives in the real world. Allison has become a famous actress, Klaus, a.k.a. Number Four, who can conjure and speak to the dead, has become a hallucinogen junkie, constantly hopped up on some drug or three or four. Luther, the only one who stayed, was sent to the moon by their "father" for seemingly no apparent reason. They hate Hargreeves, and hate each other a little, because they were all robbed of a normal childhood. Meanwhile, Five is being hunted down by two trigger-happy assassins, Hazel and Cha-Cha (Cameron Britton of Mindhunter and Mary J. Blige of legend, respectively), who dress in immaculate suits and hide their faces with cartoon animal masks.
The series is well-shot and actually looks remarkably crisp, dimly lit, but not as dark and muddy as many Netflix originals tend to be (looking at you, Ozark). The cast is strong, Page and Sheehan particular standouts -- both of whom, coincidentally, have played superpowered characters before. The tracklist, on which Nina Simone's "Sinnerman" and "Dancing in the Moonlight" share space with They Might Be Giants' weirdo song "Istanbul" and The Doors' "Soul Kitchen," is appropriately deranged, as if seven precocious children with good taste in music had created a Spotify playlist together.