TV Show Review: Misfits

Considering the long running trend of UK TV series being remade by American companies, I thought I would write and post this review of this truly superb series before a remake was made and then there was much confusion over which version I mean.

Misfits, currently with two seasons finished so far, is set in an unnamed part of England, with the Wertham  community centre as its starting point. Six teenagers, all punished for various misdeeds with community service are on their first day, when a freak storm happens and the five still outside then start to develop powers. Its an interesting premise and thanks to some clever writing, the characters are well developed and seem quite real. Each episode is tense and they all flow into the next seamlessly.

The main actors, Robert Sheehan, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha, Antonia Thomas and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett all portray their characters well, especially Mr Sheehan, and you wonder just how much of his lines are scripted and how much is pure improvisation. Because it all sounds so natural and unscripted.

This is a brilliant series, and deals with the darker sides of being teenager and being someone with powers, but then also keeps things light, often with a witty remark from Mr Sheehan's character - Nathan. Like when they find a body in the freezer, and there is a pause and then Nathan says, "Hey man, look cornettos". You find yourself trying to stop yourself from laughing and failing miserably.
This youtube clip shows that scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7XwQzE_Bfg&feature=related

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  1. The first two quotes come from the tv show being reviewed:

    "Nathan: You thought this is you think it’s supposed to be? Well its not! We're young. We're supposed to drink too much. We're supposed to have bad attitudes and shag each other's brains out. We are designed to party. This is it. Yeah, so a few of us will overdose or go mental. But Charles Darwin said you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. And that's what it's all about - breaking eggs! And by eggs, I do mean, getting twatted on a cocktail of Class As. If you could just see yourselves! It breaks my heart. You're wearing cardigans! We had it all. We fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful! We're screw-ups. I'm a screw-up and I plan to be a screw-up until my late 20s, maybe even my early 30s. And I will shag my own mother before I let her... or anyone else take that away from me!"

    "Tony Morecombe: There are people out there who think you're scum. You have an opportunity to show them they're wrong.
    Nathan Young: Yeah, but what if they're right? No offense, but I'm thinking some people are just born criminals.
    Gary: Are you looking to get stabbed?
    Nathan Young: You see my point there?"

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