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Misfits TV series s02e02

Misfits season 2A review by Nalini Haynes

The Misfits are a group of 5 young offenders – Alisha, Curtis, Simon, Nathan and Kelly – doing community service after being caught in misdemeanors. After a storm gave them superpowers, they’ve been struggling to stay ahead and even stay alive in this comic book style TV series.

In this episode, Nathan meets a younger half-brother he never knew he had, ramping up Nathan’s father issues more than ever.

There’s a rave party that focuses on dancing for waaaaay too long in this episode. If you’re into watching people dance to a beat then this is your thing. I’m more interested in plot and characters so I would have preferred more focus on what could have been life-changing experiences after party drug use and spiking a drink. So. Much. Potential. in this episode that I felt just wasn’t realised in the execution.

There’s a bit of an M. Night Shyamalan movie reference in this episode that I liked but to name the movie gives away what happens.

This season Misfits seems to have changed writers, fundamentally changing the characters. In first season Kelly and Alisha were strong characters in their own right, independent and having conversations without the guys. In this season the girls have been reduced to eye candy and objects with whom the guys interact, usually with a sexual focus. This disappointing turn of events means that the Misfits cast has been reduced from 5 independent characters down to 3.

Recommended for fantasy buffs, especially those into comic book style TV series.

IMDB gives the series 8.5 out of 10 stars. So far I think the first season is the best. My rating:

3 1/2 stars 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

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


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