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A Solid Eight Episodes: Even Missing Nathan, These Misfits Still Have The Superpower To Entertain
on July 12, 2013
Without a doubt, the rude and in-your-face British hit "Misfits" succeeds as one of TV's most unapologetic guilty pleasures. If you had told me that a show about juvenile delinquents with superpowers would turn into one of my contemporary favorites, I'd have thought you were crazy. Expertly blending ribald comedy with a science fiction theme, "Misfits" is easily one of the funniest and most wildly entertaining shows that I've seen in a while. Seriously. And if I were to describe it further, it would sound even sillier. The five central characters in "Misfits" meet in a community service group, get caught in a freak electrical storm that juices them with lightning, and awake to realize that their world has changed forever. Actually, not just their world but the world around them as the strange storm has affected others in macabre and hysterical ways. In Season Three, however, the show faces a big change in losing one of its principle characters. For me, Robert Sheehan's Nathan was the comic backbone of the series. I won't lie, he was my personal favorite and I missed him here. I liked replacement Joseph Gilgun as Rudy (also quite hysterical) but I loved Nathan.
In an ever-evolving manner, all the kids have new superpowers or are more adept at using the one's from last season. Perhaps the season's biggest changes are in store for Kelly (Lauren Socha even won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress) and Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett). Curtis finds himself with a female alter ego, leading to some very uncomfortable moments! And Kelly is now a rocket scientist. It allows her to be almost an entirely new character (and her dialect becomes easier to understand) with a hot and heavy romantic interest. The evolution of Kelly, in fact, was one of the most successful aspects of the season for me. A self-contained episode about time travel and a very different occupied Britain (let's just say the outcome of WWII was a bit different) is gutsy and unique. Rudy, the new kid on the block, provides plenty of laughs as a lothario who will bed just about anything. But there's a twist, he also has a more sensitive double that can materialize. It's twice the Rudy for your money.
I heartily gave Seasons One and Two of "Misfits" a five star rating. For me, this didn't quite get there (I'll say 4 1/2 and still round up). It had brilliant episodes and more uneven entries as well. Still, though, it is one of the more daring programs you can encounter. Aside from being hysterical, the show also has surprising emotion. Simon (a great Iwan Rheon) still provides the show's biggest heart and most dramatic moments, his relationship with Alisha (Antonia Thomas) has real resonance. The expansion of Seth's (Matthew McNulty) role really enhanced this season as well. A power broker, he shows a few more sides and his romance with Kelly is developed with surprising results. Season Three consists of eight episodes. If you love "Misfits," Season Three is a solid continuation. Never seen it? Start at the beginning! I promise you, it's worth the investment. KGHarris, 7/13