Misfits: Series 3.1

I must have been dropped on my head when I was little, because despite this series falling into the crapper badly at the end of last year, I’m strangely compelled to watch the new one. In my defence, it’s only 7 episodes long, they’ve got rid of Nathan (fucking HURRAH! maybe the writer (Overman) can grow up and stop being scatological humour obsessed), but better still they’ve transplanted in Joe Gilgun in as the 5th Misfit. Joe Gilgun! Fan-fucking-tastic: he was superb in This is England, and is charismatic, likeable and can actually act. This could be great…

Sadly, it isn’t. It’s not great at all. It is, in fact, wank. Worse than that, though, the new series of Misfits is one of the most intensely annoying open-goal misses that I’ve seen in a long time. At the end of Series 2, they had a fantastic chance to (through a hugely cheat-y deus ex machina) get themselves out of the corner that they had painted themselves into. This, in theory, would have worked a treat, as all the problems from ill-thought out crap like Alisha’s (Antonia Thomas) dismally useless power were effectively wiped clean. Furthermore, Sheehan was gone, so it represented a chance for the other characters to grow and develop.

So, given such a fabulous opportunity, what would you do if you were Howard Overman? Well, naturally the answer to this is to think up the shittest one-joke powers you can (Kelly, Lauren Socha, is now a rocket scientist, and Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarret can change into a woman). Oh my aching sides, how can I cope with such a barrage of genius comedy. It’s clear now, as Spud said, that Overman doesn’t want to be writing a series about Superheroes. He wants to be writing an ASBO version of Skins.

I understand also that the gang was unbalanced by Sheehan leaving. Fine, I get this. So therefore, I’m all for introducing Rudy (Gilgun) as the new member. What I am not for, is making a talented young actor like Gilgun repeat anal sex dialogue ad-fucking-nauseum, and worse than that, they’ve astonishingly managed to find a power that is even more useless than Alisha’s sex maniac one. I’m not exaggerating here, it’s complete garbage and reeks of an idea that someone had after 10 pints. Possibly of meths.

The thing here, though, is that this isn’t good writing. Rudy the amoeba boy isn’t a properly drawn character- he’s two single dimensional ones. The physical split between crude and happy Rudy and sad and emotional Rudy is not well thought out, and although Gilgun played the parts well (the exchanges between the two Rudys feature the best acting of the episode), he can’t make up for the lack of thought that has gone into the character.

Taken all into account, what we have here is now a gang of superhero types, three of whom have completely useless powers: Kelly’s rocket scientist, Curtis’ transgender, and Rudy’s manic-depressive amoeba routine. This leaves Alisha and Simon, who at least have useful powers, Simon in particular is learning parkour and moving towards becoming Superhoodie, while Alisha’s power is a nice idea and a nice twist on telepathy. Please, for the love of God, don’t spend the rest of the series in some sub-soap opera level relationship crisis between them. Please.

So, given that it’s wank, is there a plus side? Well, yes. The acting was good all round, and once again the episode was saved from being a complete disaster by the villain. This time around, the completely unhinged little blond girl with “disappointing breasts” (best line of the episode) worked a treat, even if her power was cribbed straight from Hiro in Heroes. Just one thing, Misfits writers: can you please stop killing the villain at the end of every episode? You’ve built up a very impressive rogues gallery in the last two series, but for the most part, you’ve also killed them. Stop it.

Overall, this was not a good start to the new era. Mostly it was crushingly disappointing and kind of bollocks. There are a lot of reviews out there saying “I hope such and such happens” or “It’ll be interesting to see how X power is resolved” which is exactly the reaction I had last series. I’ve got a horrid sense of deja-vu about this new run, and I hope that it gets a lot better fast. Magic reset button has now been used, this is effectively back to the start, so they need an episode as barnstorming as the second one in the first series to get it back on track. I give it an absurdly generous 1 and a half  Superhoodies out of 4 (based on the acting and the villain), and I’ve got my fingers crossed for some serious improvement.

Serious improvement does not equal, by the way, endless repetition of “taking it up the arse” lines. Still, I like Gilgun, so will probably stick with it far longer than I should.

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.

14 responses to “Misfits: Series 3.1”

  1. Continentalop says :

    Haven’t seen any of these, and your reviews makes me glad. Just got the first episode of Alphas, will give that a try.

    But seriously, how hard is it to make a decent X-Men/superhero rip off show? Why is it they can’t ever give people you know decent powers?

    • koutchboom says :

      You don’t like the Alpha’s powers?

      • Continentalop says :

        Haven’t seen it yet. Just got the DVD. I was referring to Misfits, and also Heroes (and fucking Mutant X).

      • koutchboom says :

        Cool, lets us know what you think when you do.

      • Jarv says :

        When another superhero has the power of inducing rape, then that’s the level of shit power we’re talking about. The transgender thing was at least useful as an escape/ disguise. The telepathy is legit. The manic depressive amoeba was dreadful, and as for the Rocket Science….

        Only done for a cheap joke.

        The original set of powers were invisibility, immortality, time turning, that stupid fuckmonster one, telepathy and were all related to the character of the misfits themselves. It made sense, was well thought out.

        By the end of the second series, it was completely devalued, and several of them didn’t work properly/ were overpowered- hence the reset.

        What we have now is telepathy of sorts, stupid amoeba thing, rocket science (all she can do is literally design rockets), transgender and precognition.

        Three of them are almost totally useless.

        Against this though- the villains have had mind control, stopping time, Mind Control (different type- it was done through the tattoos), Grand Theft Auto, Manipulation of milk/ dairy (which I thought would be terrible, and turned out to be great), enhanced strength, Mystique style transformation, absorbtion of powers thereby becoming Jesus, and so forth. Not a bad power amongst them.

      • Jarv says :

        Also, the powers evolved. Nathan, for example, had immortality, but through complicated reasons also could see dead people.

        Ruth Negga (outrageous they killed her) received teleportation during a heart transplant.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Conti the first episode of Alphas is decent as far as pilot go. It’s not the best I’ve seen but not the worst either, if anything it’s slighly above average I would say. Where it gets good is the second episode and takes off in the third. It has a major league break down in episode 8 but recovers nicely and has a terrific season finale.

  2. ThereWolf says :

    See, I was intending to give this series a go at some point (I know not when)… now it looks like there’s no need to bother.

    • Jarv says :

      First series is good, Frequently very funny, (side splitting on occasion) and exciting.

      Second series has a few decent episodes, but plummets into the crapper.

      This one has started badly, but I really like Gilgun, so hoping it can go up. Just stop going on about Anal sex.

  3. Xiphos0311 says :

    Still need to track this down and put an eyeball on it. Or at least the first series which I think you said was the best one, right Jarv?

    • Jarv says :

      Yeah, the first series is brilliant. Moments of sheer genius in it.

      Episode 3 of the second series is where it starts to hit the skids. Avoid that Christmas special.

      The best episodes were 01.02 (shagging grandma), 01.04 (Curtis and the flashback), 01.06 (villain 1), 02.04 (Grand Theft Misfit). The rest of series one (3 episodes are also all good). The rest of series 2 is extremely patchy.

  4. koutchboom says :

    More of you guys need to hunt down The Middleman. It’s a fun comic book series that only lasted like 11 episodes I think.

  5. Spud McSpud says :

    In the spirit of looking before I leap, I’ve read your review before watching the ep, Jarv. Been too busy, but it’s on Virgin On-Demand (which should be EXACTLY what it says on the tin, and not a catch-up-TV service), so I’ll give it a go.

    I’ll expect it to be shit, but I will give it a go. And it can join THE FADES as another of this year’s genre series that promised much but delivered very little (though in fairness, I expect to hate MISFITS S3 way more than THE FADES which wasn’t hatefully bad, just kind of boring. “Meh-ntertainment”, if you will 🙂

    • Jarv says :

      The fades was fucking dreadful Spud.

      It should have been something else, but it was a particularly dull episode of Eastenders.

      Good to see you back mate.

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