Misfits Series 2.5

Meh, uninspired, meh, predictable rubbish, meh, retread, meh, ludicrous amount of sex in place of story, meh, meh, meh, meh, meh.

That about sums up my feelings for this episode. 

I’m struggling to review this episode fairly as it’s just so uninspiring. The complaint levelled at Misfits is that it’s basically Skins with superpowers- Channel 4 trying to do their whole “youth” thing and be as “hip” and “on message” as they possibly can be. Which basically means “create a drivelly soap opera full of young pretty people and stuff it with loads of sex to disguise the fact that it’s basically Hollyoaks”. I’ve always said that Misfits isn’t like this, and defended it far more than is necessary, but this is the first episode that unequivocally falls under that description.

It’s all fun and games for our Misfits. Simon (Iwan Rheon) has met a “nice” girl in the leisure centre, except Nathan (Robert Sheehan) doesn’t trust her because he’s convinced that she murdered him. He was murdered, sure enough, and he did deserve it (best line of the series, actually, “And you wonder why people keep killing you”) but she didn’t do it. I know that technically qualifies as a spoiler, but it’s so fucking obvious who the killer that it makes no odds that I’ve spoiled it. In the meantime, Kelly (Lauren Socha)has hooked up with a guy called “Bruno”- in a virtual retread of the absolutely fantastic second episode of last series with disastrous and revolting consequences (even if they aren’t as funny this time round). While all this is going on, Nathan and Alisha (Antonia Thomas) are watching out for Simon and Curtis (Nathan Stewart Jarrett)  is busy shagging Ruth Negga’s Nikki.

Well, this was a bit of a waste of time, actually. The whole Kelly+Bruno plot was just a repeat of the Nathan episode from the last series but with an even sicker twist and a fraction of the comedy. Frankly, Lauren Socha, while in possession of a hugely impressive set of juggs, doesn’t have Sheehan’s comic timing, and the scene wasn’t played for laughs either- it was meant to be poignant, but was actually a bit gross.

 

No Bando, this is not A*P*E. It's something far sicker.

 

 

However, the real problem with this episode was that it felt like filler. There’s only one episode left in the series, for fuck’s sake, and only 6 episodes per series so there should be no filler episodes. All that happened was Alisha mooned after Simon making puppy dog eyes at him, Nathan was a prick every now and again, and there was a lot of shagging- Curtis and Nikki, Kelly and Bruno, Curtis and Nikki again, Simon and new bird, Kelly and Bruno again, and so forth. This, E4, is not an acceptable substitute for a plot, particularly a superhero series.

It’s frustrating this, because on almost every level Misfits Series 2 is polished, and reasonably diverting. It’s unfortunately a gargantuan let down, particularly in comparison to Season 1. It’s clear now that there’s no arc for the series, instead being effectively monster of the week, and it does feel as if it really misses the dead probation worker plot from the last series that tied it all together. As much as I regret saying this, particularly considering how badly the whole storyline was handled, they should have held off on the reveal for Superhoodie- as that clearly felt like the overarching story for the series and this episode floundered. The writers thrashed around in lots of different directions looking for something here, but did so in such an unfocused manner that it seems as if there was no real design to the episode.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad episode, but it wasn’t great. It’s streets ahead of the nadir that was 2.3, but after the relative upswing of last week feels a bit anti-climactic and, if I’m entirely honest, makes the first series feel like it took place a long fucking time ago. The drop in quality between even the worst episode of last series and the best one of this series has been astronomic, and the only thing that has been improved is that there’s a better quality of supervillain on this spin. I give it a completely meh 2 Superhoodies out of 4.

Still, series finale next week, and it looks like being a good ‘un.

Jarv.

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10 responses to “Misfits Series 2.5”

  1. Spud McSpud says :

    Shame to hear that, Jarv. I was all ready to eat my words after last week’s upswing, and then they bring it with another meh episode.

    I heard the other day that Howard Overman is going to be writing the DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY mini-series for the Beeb next. My heart sank when I heard the words “We’re not really going for just adapting the books, we’re taking the feel of the story and writing our own adventures”. I’m paraphrasing there, but we all know what THAT means – “We’ve got brand identification by attaching Douglas Adams’ name to this shitheap, even if on the premiere night there’ll be so much spinning in Adams’ grave that you could power London off it for a year.

    Hoping for at least a half-decent ending to MISFITS Season 2, then…

    • Jarv says :

      I get the feeling that they didn’t have a fucking clue what to do with this series. They’re clearly trying to manage the transition between Asbo Scrotes and Superheroes, but are utterly botching it. Last week looked like they’d cracked it, then this excuse for fucking came up.

      The Kelly and Bruno storyline was unforgivable- a rip off of Nathan in Series 1, and nasty as well.

      • Continentalop says :

        So Bruno’s an ape, huh?

      • Spud McSpud says :

        Nope, Bruno’s an A*P*E…

      • Spud McSpud says :

        I’d agree, Jarv. It’s like they’re going “Aha… Mm-hmm… This could work, we’ll have some futuristic storyline where Alisha is important to the fuure of humanity… Yeah, and Simon turns out to be the most heroic, and — WHOA WE COULD HAVE KELLY FUCK A GORILLA THAT BECAME HUMAN!!”

        And somewhere in the Movieverse, the god of decent scriptwriting dies a little.

        The finale could conceivably wrongfoot us all and turn out to be at least half-decent, but I don’t think so. It’ll just be another maelstrom of suck…

      • Jarv says :

        This episode wasn’t that bad, Spud.

        Although I do have to say, of this series, only the 4th one and the 1st one were actually good.

  2. ThereWolf says :

    Lovefilm haven’t sent me this yet. So I still can’t read these regular updates in detail.

    Just so you know I’m not ignoring them, Jarv!

  3. redfishybluefishy says :

    Finally watched it. I have to agree, it was pretty meh.

    I like Kelly’s character a lot, but she is better as the crusty sidekick to Nathans buffoon; they are a great Laurel and Hardy type pairing. The Alisha and Nathan team was more than a little dull. Those two have no chemistry at all as an entertaining pair. Simon and Nathan riffing off each other have way better chemistry.

    I think there was potential for this episode, but instead of actually getting emotionally involved we were distanced with side stories and then there was the shagging, and then some more shagging after that. And in the end some ridiculous King Kong moment that could have been sweet instead comes out of nowhere and was more than a little cringe-worthy.

    I think almost ever arc presented this season has died a little prematurely and with poor resolution. This episode was not the worst, but it was so disappointing in comparison to others.

    One more to go for this year. Please get it right!

  4. Jarv says :

    That’s what I go with. Not the worst of the series (2 and particularly 3 were far worse).

    It’s been a right let down.

  5. redfishybluefishy says :

    Oh, and now I hear we get a double dose this week?? Tonight’s ep and a special ‘Christmas’ ep on Sunday.

    Now they get two chances to get on track… less fucking filler (pun intended) and more story, please!!!

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