Thursday, April 7, 2011


Are you watching Misfits?

If you’re in America, then the answer is probably not, and it's not just because you’re horribly uncool either... Well, probably not... No, more likely the reason you’re not watching this show is because it’s currently not available in America, not on BBC America or on Itunes. Why? I have absolutely no idea; it’s been on since November of 2009…

What the Hell, England? Get off your ass, Elizabeth!

Anyway, take it from me (Jon), you should watch this show, because it’s fantastic. It is one of my very favorites. I highly recommend it. But if it's not available, how can you watch it? Well, perhaps if you were to do a bit of searching on Youtube you might find it or maybe if you used some other way that the Queen may not approve of. It's up to you.

Bottom line? Do it. Do it now.

But I can hear what you're saying. You're saying: "Alright then, Jon, you devilishly handsome fucker, you have recommended this show and have even gone so far as to suggest “quasi-legal” methods of obtaining copies… consider my interest piqued. What, pray tell, is this show Misfits about?"

Ok, then. I will tell you.

In a nutshell, Misfits is a British comedy-drama series about a group of kids who have all committed various crimes and were sentenced to community service, where they obtain strange powers after getting struck by lightning during a freak electrical storm.

These things happen, I guess…

Oh, you cynical bastards! I know what you're thinking. Bah, that's you’re thinking! Bah! Big deal, this is just another lame version of Heroes, which was too lame in the first place, the only difference this time is that it’s starring British kids. Yawn.

Yeah? Well, up yours, buddy, because it’s nothing like Heroes!

How so, you ask? Well, first of all, it’s good. Secondly, these kids don’t become superheroes. They don’t want to become superheroes, well, not all of them anyway, but the rest? No, they just want to live their lives. The bad news is that freak electrical storm I mentioned? The one that gave them their powers? It gave other people powers, too. Lots of people and they aren’t all lazy, apathetic screw-ups either. In fact, some of them are dangerous. Also, the world could be in peril.

Sex, lies, murders and cover-ups abound, not to mention some time travel, some teenage freak outs, more than a few drug binges and bits of drunken misbehavior, as well as rampant abuse of superpowers and good old fashioned fuck yeah smart-assery. There's also a mysterious and hooded man in black who seems to know everything about the kids, including their futures.

It is a surprisingly well written, ridiculously funny, occasionally touching, often kick-ass bit of good time. It’s won awards, you know.

So who are these Misfits?

Curtis (The one that had potential)

Curtis doesn’t belong here. He’s a good kid. He has a conscience. He was a world class sprinter with his eyes on the Olympics, but one night out at the clubs with his girlfriend and a little recreational drug deal gone bad and he finds himself wearing an orange jumpsuit and living a life that is out of control. After the electrical storm, Curtis discovers that whenever he makes a mistake and deeply regrets it, he can reverse time back to the moment of that mistake and correct it. Of course, fixing Time isn’t that easy. Changing the past means changing the future. It means consequences. It means trouble.

Best moment: When he has to repeatedly break up with his girlfriend because every time he does it, she cries, he feels guilty, and his power reverses time, thereby erasing the whole interaction.

Alisha (The tramp)

Alisha is a brat. She's trouble. She parties too hard and sleeps around, but Alisha is also pretty. She's very pretty and she knows it too. She uses her looks to get what she wants, which often means getting out of trouble. Then she got caught drunk driving and smacked the policeman when she couldn’t flirt her way free. After the electrical storm, Alisha gains the ability to induce extreme sexual arousal in anyone she makes skin contact with. This is cool at first, being worshipped, but then, it’s a bit like rape, isn’t? And suddenly the party girl who is used to getting her validation through physical contact finds that she can’t touch anyone. She finds herself alone.

Best line: (Completely deadpan to Nathan, after they discover his Stepfather running around town like a dog) “Your Stepdad has got a massive cock. Your mum will hurt.”

Nikki (the new girl)

Nikki isn’t part of the group. I mean, she is, but she isn’t. She didn’t commit a crime and she wasn’t on community service. She’s a girl with a bad heart who meets the others when they break into her flat and Nathan takes a shit in her bed. She has no powers. However, when Nikki gets a heart transplant from a dead hippy who did have powers, she suddenly finds she can teleport and after that, her life is pretty entwined with the others and the crazy crap that now dominates their lives, crazy crap that could be the end of hers…

Best line: (Sneering, to Curtis) “You smooth bastard. Well you can help yourself,” *pulls up dress* “just pull my knickers up when you're done. I'll order a pizza.”

Kelley (The chav)

Kelley is a total chav (That’s white trash in American!). She got into a fistfight with another girl in an Argos store (That’s Wal-Mart in American!) who called her a slag (That’s slut in American!). She aggressive and ready to fight and her accent is just this side of indecipherable, but she’s a sensitive soul too. It’s just the culture, you know, she was raised to be tough. So sad. Anyway, after the electrical storm, Kelley is the first to discover her powers: Telepathy. She can read minds! At first she has a bit of trouble remembering that she only heard something in someone’s mind and not from her mouth, so she has a tendency to accidentally reveal other people’s secrets, but she soon becomes more adept.

Best line: "You call me a chav again I’ll kick you so hard in the cunt your Mom will feel it!"

Simon (The weird kid)

Simon is socially inept, an outcast, a creepy little weird-o, some would say he looks like a panty sniffer.

He’s actually just shy, and there's a hero's heart beating within his chest, but still… he carries a briefcase... come on... Anyway, Simon was sentenced to community service for attempted arson, but it was a bully’s house he was attempting to light up and when he discovered the family pet was inside, he tried to put out the fire, but he didn’t have any water, so he put it out by peeing on it through the mail slot… and that’s when the guy’s mom came home and caught him, dick in the door and peeing on the floor. After the electrical storm, Simon discovers that he can become invisible whenever he’s ignored… which is most of the time.

Nathan (The smart ass)

Nathan is a smart ass; some might go so far as to call him a prick. He’s there because he stole some “pick ‘n mix” (That’s candy from the bulk bins in America!) and then he made things worse by being a big prick to the manager and causing a completely unnecessary amount of general trouble. This is kind of how he moves through life. He’s rude and he’s insulting, basically he’s a jerk. He’s also hilarious. He spends most of the first season trying to figure out his power, because his isn’t readily apparent at first.

He figures it out eventually…

Crazy, huh? A bit interesting too, right? It is. For all it’s screwing around and loud swaggering goofball-isms, Misfits is a really unique, original and surprisingly well written show. It's not what you think it's going to be. There are already two seasons and a Christmas special done, with a third season recently confirmed. Of course, in England that’s only a total of thirteen episodes so far, but they’re good fifty-plus minute episodes packed with story. See it now, if you can, or wait, because it’s only a matter of time before it will be released to BBC America and then the Powers That Be will discover the awesomeness, as the show is all the rage currently, burning up the back alleys of the Internet, and after that a really bad American version is pretty much a guaranteed thing.

“She's got you thinking this is how you’re supposed to be. It's 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 were designed to party. We owe it to ourselves to party hard. We owe it to each other. This is it. This is our time. So a few of us will overdose, or go mental. Charles Darwin said you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. That's what it's about - breaking eggs - by eggs, I mean, getting twatted on a cocktail of class As. If you could see yourselves... We had it all. We have fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful... We're screw-ups. I plan on staying a screw-up until my late twenties, or maybe even my early thirties. And I will shag my own mum before I let her.... or anyone else take that away from me!" 
-  Nathan, Misfits, Season 1, Episode 6

Words to live by,

No comments: