Misfits Series 2.3

OK. This is Misfits on final fucking warning from me. I’m feeling so let down by that episode that I really don’t know where to begin. This series of Misfits has been a proper disappointment, and this episode continued the same theme. There was still the occasional good joke (the tattoo power was funny), but the series arc as a whole has now ventured painfully into Heroes territory.

This time out, it’s an Alisha episode, and there was a half arsed attempt to answer some of the questions posed by the extremely lacklustre last episode. Alisha (Antonia Thomas), if you remember, has possibly the most useless power of the lot of them, basically anyone that touches her turns into a raving fuckmonster. Her relationship with Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett)  is on the rocks, and who exactly is Superhoodie and why does he keep saving her? In the meantime, Nathan (Robert Sheehan) gets turned into a rampant homo by an evil tattoo artist, who also enslaves Kelly (Lauren Socha) with eternal love for him. Simon (Iwan Rheon), armed only with a bag of peanuts, saves the day.

Massive spoiler ahead.

Superhoodie is Simon from the future. His power has apparently evolved beyond all recognition, and he’s got a whole plethora of special abilities. He’s come back to make sure that the various key events happen as they’re supposed to, and to bone Alisha.

That, I’m afraid E4, does not cut it. In fact, of all the shit ideas that you could have had to explain Superhoodie, that is by far the lamest one. To begin with, it’s a rip-off of Heroes, which was a series that suffocated under its own self importance, but more importantly it actually poses more questions than it answers. I am severely unimpressed with this turn of events.

Secondly, Nathan and Kelly finally got it on, but she called it off saying that “it felt wrong” (i.e. that they’re fucking related or some such).

This series has been, I have to say, a monumental let down. The acting is up to standard, and some of the dialogue is as sharp as ever, but it’s being hamstrung by stupid and  annoying “arc” decisions that are overly complicating each individual episode. Superhoodie being Simon from the future is a fundamentally terrible idea, and I wish that they hadn’t gone down this road as it opens up the whole Time Travel Paradox can of worms that no sci-fi ever really gets right.

Still, there was the odd laugh to be had, notably from Sheehan. Offering to dry hump Simon was genuinely funny. Furthermore, the one thing this series has got spot on in every episode so far is the “villain”. The tattoo parlour bad guy was superb- a really grotty, mundane sort of evil.

It’s the odd laugh and the odd bit of excitement that’s still getting me through this, and there are only 3 episodes to go, so I will make it to the end. However, I can guaran-fucking-tee that I won’t be watching the next series unless these last three episodes manage to undo some of this stupidity. Overall, I give it 1.5 Superhoodies out of 4 but I can’t say that I’m happy with it at all.

Until next time,

Jarv.

 

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36 responses to “Misfits Series 2.3”

  1. Jarv says :

    Damn it. I was really looking forward to this series as well.

  2. Xiphos0311 says :

    that’s one pale dude in the first pic.

    Picture two had some nice juggs in it. Looks like somebody has seen Dr. Fun Bags

    • Jarv says :

      Both the main female characters have nice juggs Xi, and to be fair to misfits it’s not afraid of sex and nudity.

      Check out the first series- the second episode in particular is fucking hilarious and there are juggs galore- even if some of them are disturbing.

      • Jarv says :

        And he is unbelievably pasty. Dude’s whiter than milk.

        And I say that as a scottish boy that’s so white I’m practically blue.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        That dude is so pasty he’s almost translucent. It’s weird looking, get some sun you ungrounded dwelling bastard.

  3. Kate says :

    Agreed. I was very much thinking that. It feels an especial betrayal because in interviews and reviews they’re all so adamant it’s not another Heroes.

    Loads of things IRKED me. The self-important music every time superpower version Simon revealed ANYTHING and his general kind of annoying ‘knowingness’. The nonsensicalness of the arcs (I can generally forgive that kind of thing if other stuff is going right but this time I just couldn’t see past the gaping holes). Alisha’s continuing RUBBISH storylines as a female character whose every decision seems to end in a shagging scene. The fact that Nathan and Kelly (one of the few things I was still holding out for) seems to have been forcefully fizzled out even though they still were so GOOD.

    Sigh. Ranty rant.

    • Jarv says :

      Totally agree with all of that.

      I’m not taking any pleasure out of slating this as up until the second episode it was comfortably the best thing on telly.

      It’s on the express train to shitsville now.

      The gag with Nathan getting his finger stuck in Kelly was crass and unfunny.

  4. Spud McSpud says :

    Not to say I told you so, Jarv. but…

    I read an interview with Howard Overman (think it might have been in The Times, but the website’s pay-for-access only) where he basically alluded to a complete disinterest in the superhero genre, and assures us tha the Misfits will never become completely heroic. Which then beggars the question: WHAT THE FUCK’S THE POINT OF THE SERIES, THEN? To show us that the ringleaders of gangs of scrotes are usually quite charismatic and witty, albeit in a depely antisocial way? Well, duh; that trope’s been done to death. Obviously you wouldn’t follow a dulard into a life of crime; it’s gonna be some wide boy who makes you laugh that you’ll end up doing time for. MISFITS is the continuing adventures of a bunch of anti-social confrontational twats (of course, Channel 4 sees this as “edgy”) with a few half-hearted twists (such as Superhoodie, ripped straight out of HEROES as you said) thrown in to give us the impression that there’s a plot to all this. Really, it’s just a loose framework to hang all the snark and general toxic wit of these so-called “characters” on. If you think watching a bunch of smug look-how-clever-I-am-I’m-so-outside-the-system morons fucking up the notion of having superpowers week after week sounds like great entertainment, then have at it – MISFITS is for you. For me, there’s too much emphasis on the dialogue and not enough on where it’s going. It’s obvious Robert Sheehan is the Ryan Reynolds to Howard Overman’s David S Goyer in BLADE TRINITY (tortuous metaphor ahoy – many of us believe Goyer fucked up BLADE TRINITY by taking the focus off Blade and placing it on the Nightstalkers, particularly Reynolds, which is why the phrase “cock-juggling thundercunt” ends up in a sequel to one of the best comic book movies ever made). It’s also obvious that Overman is so enamoured of writing whip-cracking dialogue for Sheehan and the others that he’s forgotten to write a plot that is in any way original, surprising, or enjoyable. Well, for me anyway.

    MISFITS is sporadically funny (episode 2 of Season 1 is twisted genius in every way) but it’s a pub joke stretched to the length of two seasons. It needs putting down before Season 3 REALLY shows up how little Howard Overman has thought this concept out.

    Sorry Jarv – never liked it much; probably never will.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Apparently I’m the only one that enjoys Blade 3 for what it is and not for what people hoped it would be, The movie makes me laugh.

      Blade 3 is nowhere near as good as the first movie nor as good as the heavily flawed sequel but it’s good enough to waste some time on if nothing better is around.

      • Jarv says :

        I think Blade 3 is garbage, and it’s not because I hoped it would be the Original. It’s got so many of my pet hates with Vampire films in it- and fucking HHH as well. Not to mention that the man with no neck is a terrible villain.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Believe me Jarv I get it that everybody hates Blade 3, and really there isn’t much to like, I just find it so silly and stupid and it fed my Man Crush on Ryan Reynolds that I can’t get worked up over it.

      • Jarv says :

        I do quite like Reynolds in it, though. To be fair.

      • Spud McSpud says :

        In fairness, Xi, Reynolds was very watchable in it – funny, too, though the type of humour was out of place in the BLADE universe – and Biel was hot as hell as Abigail, so it wasn’t completely shit. It pales signifitcantly in comparison to the other two, though.

        And yes, Ryan Reynolds is sickeningly good looking. And funny. And a great actor. And married to the delectable Miss Johansson. I hate the bastard.

    • Jarv says :

      If that’s what he thinks then I’m not surprised that it’s sliding in to the crapper at a rate of knots.

      Even up to the first episode of this series, it’s been smart, witty and massively enjoyable. However, the alarm bells started ringing in last episode and this one had them going with a fucking apocalypse siren.

      Next episode will be a curtis one, and he’s got the only useful superpower, so we’ll see how it goes, but I’m severely unchuffed at what it’s doing at the moment. Of all the shit ideas to go with, the one they went with was the worst.

      Damn it, this is the only series that I was actually looking forward to. Mrs. Jarv is in a right funk about it

  5. Spud McSpud says :

    That said, I’m not happy you’ve lost interest in one of the few TV series you’ve enjoyed recently, Jarv.

    Here’s hoping MISFITS picks up – for you and for Mrs Spud-To-Be’s sakes – or that something half-decent comes along to replace it. I find THE WALKING DEAD, BURN NOTICE and HUMAN TARGET work for me. Enjoyable, brainless popcorn TV… 😀

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Human Target is goofy fun. If only Valley was about a decade younger he would have been the PERFECT Captain America. First time I ever saw him in anything I thought to myself “self that’s frigging Cap right there.” especially if he hit the gym extra hard. Valley handles the action well and is a decent actor.

      Burn Notice has been a bit off this season. I don’t know if it’s because What’s his name Michael is tired of doing the show, the writers are bored or becasue of the Jesse character or all the above but something is defiantly off so far.

      Walking Dead well they’re trying, I guess, but not particularly succeeding.

      • Jarv says :

        I quite liked Burn Notice- I saw the occasional episode here and there and thought it was alright.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Jarv Burn Notice is good dopey fun. It’s just this season has lacked something, energy, creativity, a sense of fun, I don’t which know which or if it’s any of those but it is something. I’m hoping it’s just a weak season and not a hint of thing to come.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah I really dig Human Target, but they most of cut the fucking sound budget are something on this new season. Because they got rid of that awesome theme song. It used to have the biggest orchestra on a TV show ever the new opening sucked. But Mimi Leader directed it. But yeah I like Mark in that show I alot, I’ve always dug him. The buddy team of him and Chi is a lot of fun. And its nice to see Rorshach not play the creepy masked creep. He’s still sort of creepy but its probably the most likable he’s been.

        I think Burn Noticed has sort of sucked this past summer season and past two episodes just because its run its course. The whole bringing in another burnt spy into it was kind of lame and I don’t really like that guy. He’s too much of a dick.

        Spud you watch White Collar? Its a lot of fun as well. Its about to start up again.

        I’m looking forward to that Rocky TV show on FX in Jan though.

      • Spud McSpud says :

        Cheers for the heads up koutch, will keep an eye out for White Collar 😀

    • koutchboom says :

      The Walking Dead is OK at best. Its not very good though, the acting is pretty awful and the whole show already looks dated, and the cliched plots I hope they stop soon. They are ruining the fun of the comic. Though now I’m starting to think I just made the comic much better in my head because the dramatic beats where much harder.

      But in the end The Walking Dead really sucks compared to Dead Set.

      • Spud McSpud says :

        Agreed – WALKING DEAD is fun but predictable. DEAD SET was wrong in all the right ways. Twisted, snarky fun…

  6. redfishybluefishy says :

    i’m going to keep my rant short, but, grrrrrrr…. i finally watched the last ep of misfits. lame lame lame lame lame.

    wtf? kelly and nathan were awesome and hilarious and now done? fuck off. and this new ‘i’m not weird and creepy anymore because the fan girls love my porcelain complexion’ simon is crap.

    i totally agree with all the heroes comparisons. that show completely lost it’s way and this one is going fast. i had such high hopes. gah. and the comments about Alisha and her crap ‘ending in shagging’ storylines is so true. i would have much preferred nathan and kelly shagging if i had to see some.

    careless whispers. okay, yes, that made me do a spit take. it still has moments. but overall this season has been a lame lame lame turn of events.

  7. Continentalop says :

    Late to the party but just want to ask a question: why do serial superhero shows turn so shitty so fast?

    Now the old 60s Batman, Wonder Woman, Hulk, 6 million dollar man and Bionic Woman kind of avoided this because they were all self-contained stories. But the modern serial shows like Smallville (ok, I always thought that sucked but I can understand the appeal for the first season), Heroes and now Misfits all seem to falter pretty quick (God only knows why Smallville hasn’t been cancelled). Why is itt that they can’t seem to come up with a story arc for season 2 or 3 or even get to season 4 with so many storylines to steal from the comics.

    Inquiring minds wanna know!

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Conti since Smallvilles original show runner left it has improved dramatically the last two seasons.

    • Spud McSpud says :

      Conti – I thought BIRDS OF PREY was getting pretty awesome when they cancelled it after one season. Shame it didn’t get the chance it deserved.

      Xi – SMALLVILLE definitely looks better than it was the past few seasons – I caught a recent episode where Clark is trying to convince Zod not to pursue his plan. It’s weird seeing the guy who played Mason in DEAD LIKE ME playing Zod, though…

      • Continentalop says :

        You know Spud I hated BIRDS OF PREY. I never say the later episodes but I thought that was a show that could be a slam dunk (although I personally think they should have based it more on the Earth-2 Huntress stories and not even call it BIRDS OF PREY).

      • Jarv says :

        I’m not sure, but if I were to take a stab at it, and this would apply to misfits and heroes: it is that the show runners (Kring and Overtool) don’t actually like superheroes. So they set out to make a series about people with superpowers and the “struggles” that they face.

        Misfits in particular screwed the pooch. The origin series was twisted brilliance and they introduced an over-arcing story with a human villain. The idea of tying the powers in to their personalities was a good one, and that nobody knows how many are affected ditto. They’ve abandoned the former of these.

        They eventually resolved the Probation worker storyline but they were smart enough to introduce a super villain (a proper one) in the last episode and hint at where to go next.

        Then this series started well, but has since become self-important shite. It’s abandoning everything that made it good. I’m hoping these last 2 episodes were just a blip as we’ve still got Curtis, Kelly and Simon to go. Although Simon’s episode has a very, very high chance of sucking.

  8. love misfits says :

    oy stop slagging off misfits ok i think its a good thing that they are trying to be uniqe i love the show and will never e cought saying anything bad about it

    ,kay

    p.s. i bet most of you like misfits but are slagging it off just becuse other peaple are and im glad im the fist to be honest

    • Jarv says :

      Hmmm, well- it’s a shame for you that you blundered into the only negative review of a Misfits episode that I’ve written, but in all honesty this episode sucked goat balls.

  9. Xiphos0311 says :

    I think Jarv pissed of Justin Beiber. Lulz

  10. love misfits says :

    goat balls lol

  11. love misfits says :

    she 😛

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