Misfits- Series 2.2

Pah. Well, I suppose it did have to happen. This was well overdue, and frankly massively disappointing. I’ve now got serious qualms about this series, that I’ll go into in a minute but I’ve a horrible feeling that Misfits is heading towards “Lost” territory here.

You know, I like the kids in this. They’re little fuckups and everything, but even massive prick Nathan is hugely likable. However, I do NOT like what happened in this episode. It’s been a worrying turn for the series, and it didn’t manage to avoid any of the pitfalls that I was dreading.

From the start I was worried. Introducing Nathan’s (Robert Sheehan) long-lost Brother Jamie struck me as a bad idea. I couldn’t for the life of me see how it was going to end in a remotely interesting way. Having said that, the first half of it (this is clearly a Nathan episode) was reasonably entertaining, I liked the barmaid’s power, Jamie was good for a laugh, and retrieving the nicked car (they had to, it had their Dad, Dexter Fletcher, in the boot after Jamie hit him with a toaster)  included the line “I want you to tie me up naked and hit me in the balls with a cactus”.

 

Then it went horribly, painfully off the rails.

For some reason, and I’m sure this was a good idea on paper, they all went out clubbing and took a load of E. Except for no reason that I can possibly discern, the E went bad and reversed their powers. Hence, Lauren Socha’s Kelly had to spit out every thought that was on her mind, Antonia Thomas’ Alisha was on the receiving end of a load of abuse and everybody was forced to look at Iwan Rheon’s Simon. This was shit, and problematic.

However, it wasn’t a totally terrible idea. Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarret) had a flash forward that saw him standing overlooking the city like Batman in a costume (Huzzah!) and introduced a female foil for him. This was the best bit of the episode, actually.

The real problem, though, was reversing Nathan’s immortality. The best they could do was some contrived “see dead people” garbage, which was a tedious excuse for a mawkish reunion with his father. Bah. Fuck that.

What’s really, really annoying, though, and why I say it’s wandering dully towards Lost territory is that this posed far more questions than answers- Super Hoodie is still a mystery (I actually think he’s disabled), What the hell happens to Alisha, How the fuck did the powers reverse, why do so many fucking people have powers, what the hell is Super Hoodie playing at, who’s this new chick and so forth. If a fraction of the questions posed are answered, then I’ll be impressed, but I finished that episode hugely irritated.

Overall, a real let down. Misfits works best as an ensemble piece with a slight focus on one character. It doesn’t work when it’s Skins but with super powers. It’s also overly fond of introducing one note characters for no good reason, and it severely neglected the new Probation worker. There were some good jokes so I didn’t totally hate it, but this episode is a crushing let down after the last one.

I give it 1.5 Superhoodies, and if it carries on down this territory, then I’m abandoning it. I really mean this, and I don’t want to be a dick about it, but if I see one button repeatedly pressed, one shaking palm tree, or even a fucking polar bear, then I’m out.

 

Until next time,

Jarv

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Workshy cynic, given to posting reams of nonsense on the internet and watching films that have inexplicably got a piss poor reputation.

6 responses to “Misfits- Series 2.2”

  1. ThereWolf says :

    I’m not allowed to read this!

    Seeing as I’ve only just added Misfits S1 to my Lovefilm list.

    But they’ve sent me Body Of Lies next.

    But you are spot on about Cold Prey – highly enjoyable.

  2. Xiphos0311 says :

    I would like to take a look at this, Jarv makes it sound interesting.

  3. Jarv says :

    I’d recommend the first series. I’m less than chuffed with this one so far. Hoping next week is dramatically better than this.

    The first series was lewd, crude, brazen shit and was hugely entertaining.

  4. redfishybluefishy says :

    ack. what a disappointment. still had a few laughs; i was equally amused and revolted by the lotion application.
    i really hope this isn’t the beginning of the end. some shows really do better with stand alone episodes. and i think these characters are great as they are… please E4, don’t make them too ‘deep’ because they are too hilariously and endearingly inept as they are. and please, move a little faster with the helmet/parkour kid arc because the mystery is dying.

    and, jarv, your comment that “The first series was lewd, crude, brazen shit and was hugely entertaining.” is too true!

    • Jarv says :

      That’s pretty much how I feel about it. I’ve got a horrid feeling that they’re going for depth with each episode this time. I also think they’re fucking it up with posing questions and whatnot.

      Superhoodie is a good idea, but if they don’t rip the lid off him in the next episode then it’s definitely heading towards lost territory. Also, I’ve been thinking about it, and it’s flirting with the Heroes problem of introducing too many “new” characters. The new woman may well turn out to be good, but I don’t care about her.

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