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Misfits TV series s01e01

MisfitsA review by Nalini Haynes

★★★★☆  four out of five stars

Seven weeks into my university semester, my head felt like it would explode if I tried to absorb any more worthy information or if I tried to write any more. A rewatch of Misfits was in order.

Misfits episodes don’t have titles, only numbers; hence designation by season and episode numbers.

Six young and thoroughly unlikeable offenders give their probation officer hell during their community service. A storm hits the city with hail stones the size of basketballs wreaking havoc. One offender is skiving off, smoking a spliff in the toilets, while the other five offenders and the probation officer run for their lives, trying to get in the community centre.

Lightning strikes, knocking the five offenders and their probation officer flat.

After they pull themselves together, they go about their lives, only to find that some things are different.

Nathan Young (Robert Sheehan) realises his offensive mouth has alienated his mother (played by Michelle Fairley, Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones) and all his friends. Homeless, he shelters in the community centre.

Kelly Bailey (Lauren Socha) can hear people and animals’ thoughts, killing romance.

The next day one offender is missing but Nathan is so self-absorbed he doesn’t notice the blood on the walls and the destroyed door.

Simon Bellamy (Iwan Rheon) is the quiet observer who turns invisible. He’s the one to notice they’re one man short.

Curtis Donovan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) turns back time while in shock at a terrible turn of events.

Alisha Daniels (Antonia Thomas) and Nathan are slower to discover their new super-powers.

All five learn that every murder leaves a body. Disposing of bodies is difficult.

Part comedy, part drama, these young offenders are no-one’s idea of heroes or anti-heroes. They’re just getting by, hoping their super powers wear off and everything gets back to normal. Misfits is as good the second time around as it was the first time. Highly recommended.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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