What is Kugelblitz? | The Mary Sue
Netflix has released the long-awaited trailer for The Umbrella Academy season 3 and it seems to be everything we hoped for. The Umbrella AcademyThe second season of ended on a cliffhanger when it was revealed that the actions of the Hagreeves in the 1960s changed the timeline. This resulted in the creation of Sparrow Academy rather than the Umbrella Academy. Additionally, the Hargreeves’ brother, Ben (Justin H. Min), and adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), both previously deceased, are alive in the altered present.
We all remember Ben as the nice brother who died and hung out with Klaus (Robert Sheehan) like a ghost. At the end of Season 2, he sacrificed his ghostly presence to save the world and departed for the afterlife. In this altered timeline, however, his sweetness seems to have worn off and now he’s kind of an asshole. In fact, none of the sparrows, be they blobs, birds, or cubes, are overly friendly. This means there is serious sibling rivalry here.
Some pretty weird things are also going to happen now that a time paradox has been created. In this timeline, Sir Reginald didn’t adopt most members of the Umbrella Academy, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t born. So there’s another Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Klaus, Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Five (Aidan Gallagher) and Viktor (Elliot Page) somewhere out there living what would have happened. passed if they hadn’t been adopted. Needless to say, so much damage to the timeline (and multiple sets of Hargreeves) will have serious consequences.
What is Kugelblitz?
In The Umbrella Academy trailer, Five announces that their jump to the present has created a time paradox which, in turn, has created a Kugelblitz. According to Five, the Kugelblitz means they’re all screwed. Although Five isn’t known for having the most positive outlook on life, he’s really not exaggerating here. The term “Kugelblitz” was coined by John Archibald Wheeler in 1955 and translates to “ball lightning”. In theoretical physics, a Schwarzschild Kugelblitz is an intense concentration of heat, light, or radiation. The intensity is so great that the Kugelblitz forms a boundary around itself from which not even light can escape.
It is predicted that if enough radiation is directed at a Kugelblitz, it can form a full-fledged black hole. It would just be a black hole created from radiation rather than matter. Despite its different origins, it would have identical properties to a black hole of equivalent mass formed of matter. Some scientists have actually speculated that starships might be powered by Kugelblitz. Yet the energy needed to create a Kugelblitz of substantial size would be nearly impossible to generate. A gamma ray laser would have to produce 1/10th the power of the sun per second to generate a Kugelblitz. That’s about a billion times more powerful than currently assumed gamma-ray lasers.
What does this mean for The Umbrella Academy?
Well, it looks like the Hargreeves have created a Kugelblitz on Earth, and it could turn into a black hole. To put into perspective how very, very bad this is, a black hole with a radius measuring only one centimeter would have more mass than the Earth itself. This is why even a black hole the size of a coin could destroy the Earth.
So, it looks like we have another full-fledged apocalypse on our hands. Sure, they’ve faced apocalypses before, but now they’ll have to figure out how to get rid of an intense concert of radiation before it turns into an Earth-destroying black hole, while possibly battling the Sparrow Academy, and possibly encounter less than friendly versions of themselves. To say the least, the Hargreeves are going to have a lot to do.
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