Misfits series 4 episode 2 review

Preview Caroline Preece 5 Nov 2012 - 08:22

This week's episode of Misfits has Caroline warming to series four, which is going back to the show's dark, barmy roots...

This review contains spoilers. 

As anyone who read the review will know, I wasn’t exactly enamoured with last week’s opening for Misfits series four, but am pleased to say that this second episode made me a great deal less fearful about where the show is headed. It’s still missing the magic from earlier series, in my opinion, but Finn and Jess (as well as the third new character briefly glimpsed here) are slowly being unwrapped and at least seem like brave deviations from past character types the show has tried.

As teased at the end of last week, the episode centres almost entirely on Finn and the girlfriend he has bound and gagged back at his flat. It takes us a while to get to the truth of the matter but, once we’re there, it’s Misfits at its most barmy and gives us a nice insight into several sides of the new guy. I can’t say I like him as much as I’ve liked old characters, but it’s rare to enjoy every single person in an ensemble and he was never going to compare to dear, departed, Simon. The episode did recall Simon’s series one story, however, with his girlfriend acting as the probation worker in the fridge and a generally creepy demeanour accompanying every scene he was in.

With Jess, too, coming across like a more complex version of Kelly, they’re both darker twists on the characters we already know. There’s no hint of the love story that emerged over time, though there’s potential for Jess and Rudy to get along, but then there were plenty of fans who hated the somewhat neutered Misfits that came with Simon and Alisha’s epic romance. No, this is the show going back to its dark and shocking roots, but with damaged and dangerous characters to guide us along. I realise it’s hard to introduce so many new personalities onto a show already in its fourth series, but I found it a little soon to see the four of them hanging out like old friends.

Going back to Finn’s story with girlfriend Sadie, it turns out that he’s tied her up to stop her from using her power on him. Able to mould him into the perfect boyfriend, he claims to have lost his free will in the process, and so has decided to keep her captive until he can figure out a way to fix the problem. Hearing about Seth’s ability to take powers (before he leaves for the final time), he tries to convince him to help out while Rudy acts on his suspicions and finds Sadie locked in their flat. From here, we see the pair reconnect before going back to old habits, and we end up with both Rudy (who got kicked out of his own flat earlier in the episode) and Finn bunking together in the community centre.

While it’s definitely easier to accept a desperate person in a desperate situation, I can’t help feeling it might have been more interesting for Finn to be an outright creep. By the end of the episode, the character just seems like a pathetic, immoral, simpleton, and it was only the unsettling twist last week that piqued my interest even a tiny bit. I quite like the idea of him and Rudy staying in the community centre together, so we’ll see where that goes, but I’m still far from convinced. I like Jess a lot more, mainly because she’s the only female presence in a completely male dominated show, but hope it doesn’t fall to her every week to offset all of the sexist comments the boys come out with.

The side story this week is classic Misfits, with a crap power and some inappropriate sexual encounters to boot. With the gang tasked with helping a class of blind sculptors, Curtis and Rudy immediately start fighting over the prettiest girl in the room. With Curtis winning the first round, she soon asks to switch partners for racist reasons, and Rudy manages to get her all the way back to her flat. With a lot of Lionel Ritchie jokes in between, it transpires that her dog is telepathic, and lets her in on a few icky secrets about Rudy before they get very far in the relationship.

After last week’s general horridness, this second episode served to ease us back into normal Misfits mode, and it did a good job of integrating the new characters with the old almost seamlessly. Going forward, we have a mysterious new ‘trainee probation worker’ who already has her eye on Curtis, and an episode with three different types of Rudy to look forward to next week. See you there.

Read Caroline's review of the series opener, here.

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I do feel sorry for the actors. The plot and script have certainly taken a nose dive. I feel no empathy for the characters.

Finn comes across as a gormless creep. From his actions it's no surprise his girlfriend wanted to change him.

Curtis seems to have no purpose (having no power doesn't help). Jess comes out with some good lines but is on the sidelines. Rudy is rude and crude but his brand of humour is wearing thin. Seth went out with a whimper.

The frustrating thing is that with a sharper script,plot and more empathy for the characters this series could be as good as the earlier ones.

It would have been more entertaining if Sadie had after being freed had gone into a fit of rage and controlled both Finn and Rudy. Making them into her personal slaves with the rest of the gang having to save them from her control.

It would be much more likely than her calmly sitting on the sofa waiting for Finn to come back. She's been tied up for however long. Wouldn't she be a little bit annoyed?

The show does need another female lead to add balance to the male dominated cast.

I'm excited for the next episode, the third Rudy looks interesting and I expect the new probation is somehow the male probation worker with a power similar to which Curtis had last series.

I have to agree with the review that this did feel more like old Misifts and even found myself laughing quite a lot at Rudy's obnoxious antics. I wasn't quite sure about him last season but this year it looks like he definitely is getting all of Nathan's old lines and his default status as a returning character lends him a settled feel on the show when so many new elements are being introduced.

Curtis is Curtis and probably always will be but Seth's departure is a shame but without kelly his story was done and he would have only been a plot device or a voice of unwelcome sanity.

The new characters are still open books to me and the forcing together of Rudy and Finn seems to reflect the Nathan/Simon relationship of old. Jess still seems out of place as there's no natural bond there as she seems one of the more sane characters atm, which indicates that she's more of an Alisha than a Kelly, who could be a bit unpredictable at times.

I hope the final member turns out to have something more to them otherwise there will be a lot resting on Joseph Gilgun's shoulders to provide the entertainment. Still room for improvement but definite signs of life.

I was thinking the exact same thing about the probation worker.

Just finished it. Loved this episode but I was gutted when Seth left. He was just such a cool guy, I loved seeing him around! I'm hoping the girl (I don't even know her name, that's how bland she is) comes out as a good character soon

im liking the new characters but i really miss all the original characters. This series is missing the spark that it once had but it is still enjoyable to watch. I still cant get over the fact that simion and alisa are gone forever.

Much better than last week. The first episode just felt really flat... as if something was missing. I put that down to having to introduce too many new characters all at once, having to re-write the story to lose Kelly, and maybe even a different director who knows... but THIs episode felt... like MIsfits!

SO funny... so creepy... just as we like it! Can't wait for next weeks. What a brilliant idea with Rudy.

This episode would have been more 'good old misfits' if, when they took Finn's girlfriends power, she turned back into his dog

Just watched season 4 ep 4. I guess the curtain has closed on the last of the original cast members...*Sigh....As I see it, I will miss watching this show..it's just not the same anymore. Fare well Misfits...You will be missed.

Can someone tell me what song is playing when Jess and Finn talk about Sadie in the bar ? THANK YOU

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