Apr 172014
 
MisfitsA review by Nalini Haynes

★★★★☆  four out of five stars

The Misfits offenders are starting to bond as a group but they’re more like a dysfunctional family than actual friends.

Alisha is attracted to Curtis and taunts him with her power, that of being irresistible to men when she touches them. Curtis is obviously attracted to Alisha but doesn’t want to lose control. The underlying theme here is using roofis to date rape someone; the gender reversal is handled brilliantly.

Simon, the quiet observer, notices construction work underway underneath the flyover, where the bodies are buried. The Misfits need to move the bodies or risk exposure. Mayhem ensues.

Have I mentioned that Misfits passes the Bechdel test? There are women, they have names and they talk to each other and not just about guys. There is definite exposure of bodies intended as eye candy but it’s both sexes. (Curtis, anyone?) Kelly’s body shape isn’t model-perfect either, although she has curves in all the right places. Misfits is the most equitable show I can think of.

Again, humor, drama and heart carry the day. I watched the whole first season in one day even though it was my second time around. I’m notorious for falling asleep when I’ve seen something before so Misfits stands out! Highly recommended.

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