MISFITS “Series Two, Episode One” Review

MISFITS "S02 E01" E4

MISFITS “Episode One” Series 2 Episode 1 – If this episode were to be given an actual name, it would undoubtedly be ‘Monkey Slut’. After burning down a house prior to the series’ beginning, Simon was sent to a psychiatric unit where he met Lucy, who became infatuated with him. This turns out to be bad for the Misfits gang when Lucy shows up at the community center along with other patients from the mental hospital. She is jealous of Simon’s friends and sets out to destroy them.

Last series ended with the death of Nathan, which was sad, and Kelly crying over videos of Nathan, which was even sadder, then the revelation that Nathan was immortal. Thanks to our masked vigilante, Kelly, Curtis, Alisha and Simon dig up Nathan and the Misfits are reunited.

This season they are bringing in a sixth character, introduced briefly at the end of last season: a guy masked in biker gear, knee and elbow pads, helmet, the whole shebang. A vigilante who steps in to save the Misfits at the eleventh hour. I’m not sure how excited I can get over this fellow; it is hardly an original concept, but I will give him (or her) the benefit of the doubt-mainly due to their insanely awesome skills with a paper airplane.

The ‘plot of the week’ was unoriginal really, and on paper is probably dull, but thanks to the five excellent characters and some hilarious dialogue, it was a thoroughly entertaining affair as Lucy (a creepy Evelyn Hoskins) wrecks havoc by impersonating the Misfits one by one.

Last season Misfits stormed in as a shocking hit: it was what Heroes should have been. It has everything: five charismatic and entertaining performances by five very different actors (particularly Robert Sheehan and Lauren Socha as the key duo Nathan and Kelly), great direction and a bleak tone and some fantastically funny and heart warming (or aching) dialogue and moments. It suffered a bit plotwise but with the other elements firmly in check, that could be overlooked. This opening episode is much the same: the writing, directing and acting is there, and if the ‘plot of the week’ is a bit overdone, well, it’s a bit disappointing as it holds Misfts back in ‘very good’ territory when it has all the elements to be great.

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