Misfits Review: It All Fits…

December 17, 2009 by  
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5misfits300MISFITS: Thursday 17th December, E4, 10pm ALERT ME

All good things must come to an end and sadly Misfits reaches the end of its first season tonight and already we can’t wait for the new series.

Of course we were huge fans from the outset. Misfits is a witty, slick and effortlessly stylish piece of television, blending the teenage banter of The Inbetweeners, the sex and contemporary references of Skins and a dash of the super powered preposterousness of Heroes on the side.

Five teenage delinquents, sentenced to community service are caught up in a mysterious electrical storm which gives each of them a power that reflects their personality – Kelly, always worried about what people think of her gains the ability to read minds, Alisha’s promiscuity drives anyone who touches her into a sexual frenzy, Curtis can rewind time and Simon (who looks like a young Matthew Horne) turns invisible when he feels people are ignoring him. Only motor mouth Nathan is left without a power.

In this final episode, strange (stranger than normal anyway) things are afoot in town.

All the teenagers bar our five protagonists are acting weird; everyone’s suddenly acting so nice. They’ve stopped getting drunk and doing drugs and ceased shagging each other senseless in the back alleys of clubs. Very suspicious.

Their suspicions aren’t unfounded as Virtue, a mysteriously straight-laced organisation, is gaining numbers rapidly. One by one the Misfits are lured to the dark side and lose the very characteristics that make them who they are. Even Alisha’s “shag-me? power can’t stop her from donning a cardigan and looking like member of the Osmonds.

With three of the Misfits under the influence of Virtue, it’s up to Simon and Nathan to try to break the spell but with Simon running scared and Nathan with no super powers to speak of; it’s not going to be easy.

It’s a really tightly-paced and entertaining 45 minutes. The crack and sparkle of the banter between the five that we’ve come to love is constantly entertaining and entirely believable. While group is funny, it’s Nathan’s quick mouth and snappy dialogue that provides the biggest laughs.

The cast fit perfectly into their roles. They could be any group of teenagers you could care to name on any London street but the confidence and timing with which they deliver their lines makes them engaging and believable in equal measure. This coupled with the show’s slick production values and excellent soundtrack makes it compulsory viewing despite its admittedly low budget.

It’s testament to the talents of script writer Howard Overman that he’s managed to create a group of memorable and convincing characters that are witty, funny and relevant. You don’t need a massive budget when you’ve got great writing.

With an ending that will leave you desperate to find out what happens to the group, it’s great news that E4 have commissioned a second series. Bring it on.