MISFITS Season 2 Episode 2 Review

MISFITS Season 2 Episode 2  (E4)

MISFITS Season 2 Episode 2 – Superhero clichés, eat your hearts out. The second episode of Misfits did not just weave a new plotline into the mix; it started a whole new tapestry when Nathan’s long lost brother Jamie (Sam Keeley) arrives at the community center to inadvertently change the lives of Nathan and the gang forever.

I never thought I would get such a kick out of seeing Robert Sheehan lather himself up with sun tan lotion in slow motion, but then I never imagined this episode of Misfits, which started off as a tiresome clichéd bromance between two long lost brothers and the shared angst they felt over their father’s complete and utter douchebaggery, would turn into one of the smartest, tensest episodes I’ve seen this Fall.

Amazingly, Misfits, a show about kids with superpowers, rarely resorts to actual action to ignite the tension. The characters are so real and layered that basically anything troubling them, troubles me. When Jamie passes pills out to the gang, I was concerned for their health. When he made a point about giving Kelly two pills, I figured she would find herself in a spot of bother, Jamie would prove himself to be a wasteful idiot and Nathan would show his love for Kelly by rescuing her, or some such typical nonsense.

What I did not expect was for the drugs to have a polar effect on the Mistfits’ powers: Simon, who can turn invisible, is now center of attention. Alisha, whose touch encourages lust, now incites aggression. Kelly, who can hear the thoughts of others, cannot stop blurting out every thought to come into her head, including telling Nathan she’s a virgin and she sometimes thinks she loves him (which may leave her heartbroken, if the promos for next week are to be believed). Nathan, tragically, can see death, but most crucially, Curtis, instead of going back in time, goes into the future. It is not so much the encounter with the strange girl at the end which was so shocking (truthfully I couldn’t care less about his relationship with Alisha, who is the weakest of the core five) or even his superhero costume (cape included!) but the tiny blips of the future which flashed in his eyes as he returned to the present time. I would say I’ve rewound that scene a good 500 times!

Nathan and Jamie’s bonding was, for the most part, amusing and entertaining, a great chance to show a softer side to Nathan’s typically crass character, but I was morbidly glad (and delightfully surprised) to find out that Jamie wouldn’t become a regular occurrence as he dies in a fire with a girl called Lily-don’t get me wrong, Sam Keeley did a great job, but I think Misfits is at its best when it is an ensemble between the core five. Lily’s storyline was a great way to reintroduce the fact that there are other randomers who were struck by the superhero lightning out there and basically warn the viewers to get ready.

Does anyone else believe the mysterious helmet guy is going to become a sort of sensei to get the Misfits on the track of a superhero team? What do you suppose is the significance of the woman from Curtis’ future (well, present now)? What did you make of this episode? Sound off in the comments below!

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