★★★★★/★★★★★ Review: Misfits created and written by Howard Overman.
This is a review/recommendation for only the first 3 series of the show, as after that we get a new set of characters that I was not drawn to.
Curtis: So what happens now? Is this it? Are we gonna be like this forever?
Simon: What if we are meant to be, like, superheroes?
Nathan: You lot, superheroes? No offence, but in what kind of fucked-up world would that be allowed to happen?
Alisha: I did not sign up for that.
Nathan: Superheroes! I love this guy – you prick!
Kelly: What if there’s load of people like us all over town?
Nathan: No, that kind of thing only happens in America. This will fade away. I’m telling you, by this time next week, it’ll be back to the same old boring shit.
The series follows five delinquents on community service. On their first day a supernatural thunder storm occurs and gives them special abilities, which are equivalents of their personalities. Kelly Bailey, judged for being a “chav”, gains the ability of telepathy. Alisha Daniels, sexual and comfortable with her body, sends people in a sexual frenzy whenever they touch her skin. Simon Bellamy, the ignored one, can become invisible on command. And Curtis Donovan, who regrets a mistake he made in his past, can manipulate time. And Nathan Young, whom we do not know which power he got. But it is about more than that, it deals with murder, self-defense, becoming homeless, understanding sexual desires and feelings, trying to change the past, and isolation and loneliness.
Tony: This is it. It’s your chance to do something positive. Give something back. You can help people, you can really make a difference to people’s lives. That’s what community service is all about. There are people out there who think you’re scum. You have an opportunity to show them they’re wrong.
Nathan: Yeah, but what if they’re right? [looks at Gary] No offence. [pointing at Gary] But I’m thinking some people are just born criminals.
Gary: You’re looking to get stabbed?
Nathan: You see my point there?
The plot follows them after the killing of their probation worker who went insane after the rain. There are of course the subplots, Nathan living in the community centre after his mother kicks him out, the beginning and ending of certain relationships, the accidental time change that leads to more problems than it solves, and Nathan trying to figure out what kind of power he has if he has any. One of my favourite episodes is an alternative history, when a man acquires the power to go back in time. He was a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, his family was not, so he tries to kill Hitler, but instead Hitler gets the old man’s cell phone and later he conquers Britain. It shows what could have happened and it does it extremely well. Another episode follows them when a group of religious crazy people begin their quest to purify everyone, there’s another episode in which a man pretends to be the messiah. There is another episode that deals with sexuality and rape, when Alisha’s power gets out of control, her response when asked if she needs help is along these lines: “it is not my fault that they cannot keep it in their pants.” And a what if they became popular for their gifts episode. Basically tropes done magnificently. There is even this:
So we must move on to the best part of the entirety of this series, the crazy and deluded characters that I found most enthralling.
- Nathan: also known as the asshole. He is a sarcastic little twit with no limits, hence the usual reference to his character as “wanker”, and is constantly getting himself and the rest of the group in trouble, yet he has some of the best lines and an odd character development. (favourite)
- Simon: he is my favourite character, a cinnamon bun that no one should get close to (except someone later on, cough cough Alisha) because I don’t want any harm to come to him. He is a social outcast, who craves friends, and is special, and a honey, and no one should ever say anything bad about him, except with proper reasoning, and even then, proceed with caution. He is also kind of murderous, for the sort of right reasons, but still. (favourite)
- Alisha: she begins the series as a self-obsessed woman using her sexuality to get whatever she wants, but then moves to a more deep vulnerable character, as her power becomes a curse rather than a blessing. Her story line is an exploration of self-love, sexuality, body positivity, and finding true love when others use her, and she does the same in turn. (favourite)
- Kelly: she is a no nonsense kind of person, and alongside Simon, the most moral one. She is kind-hearted and spirited, and all people would not think her to be. She undergoes a lot of character growth.
- Curtis: he is the suave, self-obsessed character that wants to live in the past until he doesn’t. Not the most likable one, but far from hate-able.
I can only recommend it, I have already made many people see it, so far they have all loved it. I hope you do to.
Nathan: She’s got you thinking this is how you’re supposed to be. Well, it’s not! We’re young. We’re supposed to drink too much. We’re supposed to have bad attitudes and shag each other’s brains out. We are designed to party. This is it. Yeah, so a few of us will overdose or go mental. But Charles Darwin said you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. And that’s what it’s all about – breaking eggs! And by eggs, I do mean, getting twatted on a cocktail of Class A’s. If you could just see yourselves! It breaks my heart. You’re wearing cardigans! We had it all. We fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful! We’re screw-ups. I’m a screw-up and I plan to be a screw-up until my late 20s, maybe even my early 30s. And I will shag my own mother before I let her… or anyone else, take that away from me!