Wednesday, December 28, 2016

TV Review: Misfits Series Two

First impressions have become almost a mythical thing in our society, they are the untainted instinctual markers that can steer us away from people and things that are really not right for us. But, however tidy it may seem to just let your initial feelings dominate how you approach things, further observation and an open mind may lead to better results.

And possibly a humbling lesson or two along the way as well.




Misfits was like this for me as I blindly watched the first installment of the second series armed with only a basic online summary of the events that took place in the first series via Wikipedia. I thought it was rude, crude and although funny, a bit juvenile; something made up for the teens and people in their twenties, bless their shock starved hearts.

But I kept going and found that as the series went on the same characters who were making sick jokes and made me feel like a voyeur to their sexual experiences were also real people who were coping with  how their superpower affected them.

They grow on you they way anybody does if you were actually to meet them, you start to like them more the more Human they become, even if they can also annoy the hell out of you.

Examples such as the character of the wisecracking Nathan, who conjures up images of the guy you used to know at school who was always in trouble or Simon a shy boy coming of age as series two progresses. It is the bond and events in these five young adults life that really makes the series move and dance and the actors do a splendid job of making them as real and as gritty as possible without seeming too fake.


Spotting the current villain of the episodes was not hard but they were diverse, from a man who sees the real world like a video game of the Grand Theft Auto variety to shape shifting psych patients and tattoo artists whose ink creations come to life, the baddies were wonderful and creative.

They also can come off as being as silly and hilarious as the main cast, but that ultimately becomes part of the series charm, never taking it too seriously.

For every light there is a dark and for the Misfits it has to be the overdone sexual scenes, it seems that much like the first series of the popular BBC show Torchwood, making an adult oriented drama must always have overblown sexual content.

Amazing to think that people that far ahead in the business of creating entertainment could have such a shallow view, it's good to be adult when the story demands it, not just because you can.

As finales goes the Misfits Christmas Special ended on cliffhanger that is one that ranks up there with the best of the serials of old, remember that the dealer who they sold their powers too also sold them to people such as the fake second coming of Jesus, so who says they have to come back for series three with the same powers?

They seem to be going into somewhat of a superhero direction, what a better way to get rid of the powers that would not fit that scenario then to just buy new ones. The reason for this might be very practical, like getting rid of Alisha's ability to make anyone want her sexually.

Not the best for beating a supervillain, not that it would not go unwatched if they did, at the very least it would be another standard of what this series has done very well in it's second outing. Be original and be as realistic as possible while being naughtily hilarious at all times.


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