Sweet Relief

Emmy Raver-Lampman & Tom Hopper

Being home by myself a lot, I’ve been watching (too much) TV on my computer. I gravitate toward the science-fiction shows pretty immediately when presented with all the choices.

Most of the shows I’ve been watching this last year have a common stylistic theme.


Dark lighting. Bent characters. Humor of the most cynical sort.

It gets to be a bit much, which is why this two minutes and thirty-five seconds of watching Emmy Raver-Lampman and Tom Hopper dance in episode six of The Umbrella Academy is such a delight. King Harvest’s Dancing in the Moonlight (performed here by Toploader) is one of the great feel-good songs and I love how the dancing is simple and understated. Enjoy.


  • will says:

    umbrella academy took me by surprise — my new rule being: “I don’t do super heroes, preferring to struggle along with those not endowed with super-powers as they confront life (the being said, “the boys” also surprised me.

    I’ve often contended that doing something ‘incidental’ something ‘uplifting’ is WAAAAY harder to pull off well than doing something ‘heavy”

  • Joy says:

    Cute couple and fun little dance. I love how they sampled moves from the famous scene with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze

  • Kim Jewett says:

    yes! Sci-fi and dancing and good music

  • Kelly Becker says:

    Cute clip. Umbrella Academy has been on my watch list for a while now, I just haven’t gotten around to starting it. Would you say it’s dreary or cynical? I like sci-fi and super natural, but tend to stay away from dark material.

    • Dan says:

      Kelly, I think you’ll find it entertaining. It’s not as nihilistic as say, Hannah or Homecoming but it’s definitely not all rainbows. Cameron Britton (Hazel) is a scene-stealer.
      On the other hand, there is the threat of apocalypse hanging over the whole thing. So, yeah, a bit dark.

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