Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Review: Misfits (TV show)

Well, this is new territory for me, reviewing TV shows! I'm going to give it a go anyway, but if anybody has any suggestions please pass them along :)

The premise of Misfits sounds at best, absurd and at worst, boring. Five teenagers (really, young adults) doing community service find themselves suddenly super-powered as the result of a freak storm. The show itself has been described as a cross between Skins and Heroes. I've not watched Skins and gave up on Heroes after a season and a half so that description wasn't exactly helpful to me. I don't even remember what made me pick up season 1, but I'm glad I did.

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Firstly, the powers that they develop are an almost-perfect extension of their personalities. I think it's really cleverly done. They don't go running off to start fighting - or committing - crimes either; they're really just trying to make sense of their current circumstances and deal with the various obstacles thrown their way. The action takes place in a fairly grimy, small English down and this is reflected in the sets, costumes and even the lighting. It is quite consistently dark, dim and washed-out, not a lot of bright colours around. I've heard the show described as "gritty" and I think that's a perfect descriptor.

The acting is incredible - the way the characters react to each other and their crazy circumstances is wonderful. They all have such distinct and different personalities, the ways in which they clash is so great to watch, especially Simon and Nathan, played by Iwan Rheon and Robert Sheehan respectively. If I had to pick my favourite character, it's a definite tie between these two.

Found on tumblr, can't remember where, sorry!
To me, the most enjoyable part of the show is the way that they weave humour through the dark, mysterious morally questionable/questioning narrative of the show. It's not all in dialogue, a lot of it is down to pacing, and body language and facial expressions. And they're such real moments, I often found myself laughing out loud with sheer delight and wanting to applaud. There are a lot of instances of crude humour, and some very graphic scenes that would have bothered me a few years ago, so I'd label Misfits as being aimed at an adult/young adult demographic. Not too mature though, because the characters certainly aren't, in the most delightful way. Not that they stay stagnant at all, from season 1 to season 3 there is definite character development. They grow and respond to the dilemmas they find themselves in, which is really great to watch.

*MINOR SPOILER - also, if you've seen the show, please NO spoilers in the comments!*

Misfits has been renewed for a 4th season, but I won't be watching it. Season 3 saw a new character, Rudy, come in to fill the gap left by Robert Sheehan's character Nathan. Now, the group dynamics changed, but the way that the other characters had grown made it work and it was still all the right levels of weird/moving/funny. But the 4th season is going on without two more characters and I just don't feel interested in watching any more. I am really surprised at the decision to radically change such a young, successful show. I wish them the best but I can't see myself watching with only 2/5 of the original cast there. What can I say, I'm a traditionalist!


I rate Misfits four out of five orange jumpsuits and recommend that you definitely watch the first three episodes of season 1 before you make your decision about the show. I ended up buying season 2 as soon as I'd finished 1, and season 3 as soon as I'd finished 2, which tells you a lot about the show and possibly too much about my life. *cough*


  1. oh cool! I love Skins and Heroes so i may have to get this to watch! I didn't read your whole story with the spoilers though.... I don't like to be spoilt haha. Thanks for the review!

    1. It is definitely a show worth trying out :) let me know if you like it!

  2. Believe it or not my dad got me into this show and he is 66! he said that i would love it and i did! saying that in return i showed him the world of true blood and i cannot stop him reading the books and watching the show. he said not he has something to talk to his hair dresser about!!!
    misfits is AWEsome!!!!

    1. This is one of my favourite things about a good tv show or book... it brings people together :)

  3. I loved Misfits until season 3.
    Season 3 was sooooo bad for me! I hated the new character x.x
    I also didn't like that they changed their powers... :( I liked Curtis as a lady as well, but it was only for a few episodes

    Anyway, loved the first 2 :)

    1. Totally agree with you! Rudy was ok, but Nathan was so much funnier and his annoying characteristics were kinda balanced by his problems at home. LadyCurtis was awesome! As a plot device I'm not too sure how I feel about the power-changing, but it did add an interesting dynamic to the show.

  4. I love Misfits. Can't wait for season 4.
    I didn't like the change of character in season 3 or the change or powers and I'm sad about the changes for season 4 but I still can't wait to see more.

    1. I'm debating whether or not to give season 4 a go... I'm just not sure if it's going to have that same sparkle without the awesomeness of the original cast! I might watch the first episode out of curiosity. Oh who am I kidding, I probably will!

  5. This is one of those shows that I've been meaning to watch for a while but never have. I think I'll spend tonight starting it because I love discussing shows with people :)


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