Review: Misfits, Series 2

The show about our favorite delinquent super heroes returns, but this time, the community service is a lot less civil. With the same crudeness and humor, Misfits’ second season explodes with news surprises. The best part of this show is the tumultuous plot: unpredictability has never had a better home.

Misfits has run its second season on Hulu, but I’ve taken the initiative to watch the entire second season on Youtube, so here is a review. I will launch now into a fuller discussion of the season, point by point. If you haven’t watched the episodes, SPOILERS AHEAD. So, go watch Season 2 immediately. It will not disappoint.

First of all, Nathan (Robert Sheehan) is back from the grave, at his best, which happens to usually be at her most disgusting. After he returns, he and his delinquent lackeys meet even more crazy people with supernatural abilities. They come face to face with one man who believes he lives within a video game. A villainous tattoo artist manages to control people’s affection with tattoo ink. A gorilla in a man suit in a gorilla suit is on the loose. Also, some super humans have begun to “come out the closet.”

The season ends with our love-able Misfits selling their powers for a few thousand dollars apiece. By the end of the series, however, they present the “power dealer” with money to buy back their powers. (SPOILER: They steal that money from a man masquerading as Jesus, as he has purchased all of the powers necessary.)

Series 3 should come out this Fall, for which I am stoked. Misfits is a show that shines a divine life on urban scum. Unfortunately, Sheehan will not again make it back from the grave, for he has left the show. How the show will deal with his departure is yet unknown, except that it makes me lose faith in the goodness of life.


Review: Misfits, Series 1

Misfits, a British show from E4, was recently released on Hulu. I sat down to watch one episode and ended up sitting through the night watching them all.

After a freak storm, five delinquent teenagers are gifted with extraordinary  powers and not a lick of morality to use them for good.

Unlike most shows concerning superheroes, Misfits does not take itself seriously. Its protagonists are typically antisocial and extremely crude. A band of antiheroes, in the midst of humdrum community service, is given special super powers during a mysterious lightning storm and then find that others have also been affected by the storm. Their “parole officer” is also struck by lightning, therefore becoming a bloodthirsty killer. After he attacks, the delinquents  accidentally kill him and must bury his body.

The show spirals out of control after that pilot episode, visiting the realm of hot grannies and Puritan mind control. The kids soon find that there are several others who also have powers, affected by the storm. Their own powers are shaky and untuned: Alisha can incite lust with touch, Kurtis can turn back time, Simon can turn invisible, Kelly can read minds, and Nathan… well, Nathan isn’t sure he even has a cool power like the rest of them.

The standout star of this British series is Robert Sheehan who brings an insincere and hilarious tone to the odd happenings. There is a subtle social commentary going on beneath all the expletives and nudity and weird-out humor- there is also something refreshingly real. The characters do not try too hard to garner sympathy from viewers, taking part in acts of vandalism and, of course, drug and alcohol abuse. But beneath constant bickering and pseudo-horrendous crimes, they carry the strangeness of youth. Confronted with new opportunities, they don’t know what to now do. That’s exactly how all youths feel, honestly.

It’s crude and rude and definitely faux pas, but we need crudeness in our lives. It’s the rawest form of honesty. If you don’t talk about the creepy possibilities of turning yourself invisible, you’ve left out a key aspect of invisibility. Given these powers, would we not exploit them? Would we not turn invisible to rob a bank or listen in on others’ thoughts for a better test grade?

If you need something revolting yet heartwarming in your life, Misfits will fill that void. It has an odd way of uplifting you by condescending to your level, by exploring strange, dark, gross-out sections of our humanity. Basically, Britain.

Misfits aired originally on E4, but now can be found both on Hulu and Youtube. Season 2 has also already been released. I can promise that both seasons, comprising together of 13 episodes, are well worth the watch.

There will be a third season, coming soon.

What sort of crude, but funny and emotional shows do you indulge in?