“More than anything else, The Umbrella Academy reminds me of the game made up by Calvin, the kid from the comic series Calvin and Hobbes.
“Calvinball, as the 6-year-old explains to his imaginary tiger friend, is an entirely made-up game. It’s elaborate and painstaking — it uses equipment from as many different sports as Calvin can collect, and each match follows an arcane, impenetrable logic.
“It’s remarkable to look at, really; the games are amazing spectacles. The key to Calvinball, though, is that there are no set rules.
“Anything that’s done could be immediately undone. Doing and undoing are pretty suspect guidance for what’s happening, in fact.
“There are no rules, so there’s no defined objective. It’s really about the experience of being there.”
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