Misfits series 4 episode 3 review

Review Caroline Preece 12 Nov 2012 - 08:01

Rudy's psychopathic persona makes a welcome appearance in this week's Misfits. Here's Caroline's review...

This review contains spoilers.

With the new characters all introduced and the shock of so much change fading a little, Misfits had the chance this week to get back to business as usual. This means some messed up sexual politics, a creepy villain and some genuine, unexpected emotion for our central characters – all present and correct in this third episode. I called last week a return to form for a series that had started the year in a very strange and worrying way, but I have to say I enjoyed this Rudy-centric episode even more.

Crucially, with a third Rudy thrown into the mix, the episode utilises the characters still left on the show and makes us forget for a time that anyone ever left. One of my favourite episodes last year was the first introduction of Rudy’s two halves, and to have a third is just as much of a treat. We always saw that Rudy Two was the nicer, more vulnerable side of Rudy One, so it makes perfect sense that there would be a third member of their little family who exclusively had the darker personality traits of the three. Hats off to Joseph Gilgun here, as we were able to tell the three apart based only on facial expressions and body language.

Sent out to buy Curly Wurlys after nearly battering someone to death, Rudy Three was shopped to the police by the other two. Now released, he’s on the war path, and after the life his ‘brothers’ have built for themselves. To start with, the two Rudys we’ve already met seem to be spending a lot more time separated than they did last year (though that might have something to do with the effects budget they’re not using on powers), and I hope they stay that way. It adds to the dynamic of a series now devoid of familiar characters, and I feel myself liking Rudy One more when he’s interacting with his other selves.

As we spent lots of time with new character Finn last week, this week revolves much more around Jess and her issues. I came out of the last episode disliking Finn quite intensely, but have to admit I now really love Jess. We learn that she was betrayed by her best friend, leading her to drown her sorrows in pills and alcohol, and hasn’t been with anyone in over three years. Rudy Three, posing at first as his more stable counterpart befriends her and gains her trust before attempting to finally follow through on a murder. The secrets-swapping scene was incredibly tense, conducted to the sound of The Macarena from a wedding DJ next door, and the pair acted their socks off to make the scene emotional, disturbing and character-building all at the same time.

The bad parts of the episode weren’t too bad, but I struggle to see the point of Finn’s step-mother drama. When there’s so much interesting stuff going on elsewhere, I felt myself getting annoying by the constant interruption of the soap opera-y plot, and my dislike of Finn has only gotten worse. Will this carry over into future episodes or the character’s future development? I don’t see it happening, and would rather have spent the time with Curtis and the mysterious trainee probation worker. Their storyline looks to be the main focus of next week, which will finally give the longest serving Misfit something to do in this new set-up.

What did you think of the episode? What role will barman Alex play this year? I’m sad that Rudy Three won’t be making a possible return (though in Misfits you never know), but at least we got one cracking episode out of him. 

Read Caroline's review of the previous episode, here.

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I thought this episode was boring, a pointless blow job, and constant talking about it, why ? Rudyx3 proved what a brilliant actor the lad is, well done, but the program dragged on and on, bring back thier powers and have them use them, otherwise its turning into a vulgar soap

Rudy 3 can return quite easily, just needs Curtis to resurrect him.

I can't see why they cut the budget for this series.In my eyes, (and many others) It is a fantastic show that is showcasing some of Britain's up and coming great actors, and a group of fantastic writers. But it keeps losing out to pig food called Made In Chelsea and Other "reality" shows. I can't seem to get my head round this fact.

Why does a "reality" show, that hires actors to be in it, become a "reality" show? It's putting people in the big brother house and let them read from a script!

Question. In the teaser for next week, who is the guy saying, "You used me!" I'm not sure if he's been in Misfits before but I've seen him from something and am I the only who finds Curtis just bland, he's been the weakest of the characters since the first series.

Seeing as you're on Den of Geek, I'd imagine you'd have seen him before in the last season of Being Human as the vampire/lawyer Cutler

I have to agree, felt as though it was vulgar and crass just for shock value, as opposed to feeling like real characters. Everyone in the episode was a psycopath for no reason or super sexual for no reason. I can easily pick out many scenes that didn't have a reason for being in the episode at all and if a scene didn't accomplish anything, why is it there? At least psycopath Rudy was interesting and furthered Rudy's character development, but all the other characters were spare parts, especially the probation workers and Finn's ridiculous caricature of a step-mother.

Indeed he is, I appreciate the answer. Spent the last few hours googling it and nothing came up.

I miss rudy 3 already

My favorite Episode of the season so far.

Yeah I do not understand why every week has everyone doing seperate things it used to be all of them doing things together....

I was so excited for season 4, even though I knew there would be some major staff changes and I was so willing to give the new folks a chance but honestly, I'm not so in love with Misfits right now.

I was never a Rudy fan so this episode had me in constant eye roll mode. Great actor though. I just don't care for Rudy. Finn? He's alright I guess but nothing about him or his powers make me want to tune in every week. Jess I like. Her x-ray vision. Stupid. Reminded me of Storm. Curtis..boring! I loved the stylized storytelling of previous seasons. My favorite all time episode is Season 2, Epi 3 and 4 and not because of the Simon/Alisha love story either! Well that was a big part of it...but the love (weird, good or bad) tattoo story and the creativeness of video guy "where's Conti" (cracks me up every time) just was magical. I see no magic in season 4, yet.

I don't like the weirdo probation worker. A proper Misfit would have put him down in the first episode. I don't like the way they handled Kelly, either. It was dismissive but should have been congratulatory. Kelly gave a slight balance to the crazy,

Crossing my fingers for better episodes and better stories. It's been a snooze fest, for real.

One of my favourite episodes ever. I loved this... brilliantly weaved in storyline with Rudy and Jess. (I love the Rudy character, and this version was even more so) and after the first episode that left me thinking "oh god... where's Misfits gone??" ....this was just perfect! Loved it.

I assumed with Finn's mother in law they were going somewhere like she had been storm-affected and given hyper emotions (she went from super horny, to super angry, to super emotional) ....but it never went anywhere. Maybe it'll come back in another episode.

At this point I think they should just focus the show on Rudy or group stories. They don't seem to know what to do with Curtis and like the reviewer says, that new lad is a bit unlikeable and isn't bringing much to the show.

what's the music called when rusts 3rd persona speaks to jess about being a lie and a really good bit of music starts playing!

Spandau Ballet's True plays when Rudy enters the office, then it's the Macarena obviously, and then Rudy3 puts on The Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh.

Sorry but this show has really lost it. The new character are terrible (not helped by the fact that the actors are awful) & they still don't know what to do with Curtis. This show has now become more of a soap, do any of the writers remember that the characters have super powers? They are barely used. & its got to the point now where its hard to fathom why they are all STILL on probation. If they moved the characters forward it could open up the show for more interesting plots rather than continued boring community centre stuff.

Misfits... Was the best show on TV, now it's a shitter version of Hollyoaks. Kill it off before more people suffer.

Hey there, what is the song called starting, when Finn gets a call by his step-mother? Really need to know this!!

No..they didn't. Not in series one at least. They didn't come together as a quasi team until the episode six of the first season, besides burying bodies. in 1 and 3. In series 2 there was more group interaction, but 2, 3, and 5 were mainly personal story adventures. In series 3 episodes 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8 were mainly personal story adventures as well.

The main storyarch of the last three series is over, they're building a new foundation. You have to build the individuals for their group interaction means anything. We have virtually a new group, right now we're learning their personal tics and how they relate to each other. This episode was a great showcase for all the individual characters, group obstacles will come in time.

I just saw this episode last week. There are definitely things I don't like about the show and others that I do. I'm not fond of the Rudy character, but I can say that Joe who plays him does so excellently! The transformation his face takes when his third personna joins his body as the first two try to resist is absolutely amazing. I've only seen that kind of "morphing" in animation. This man was able to do it himself. Kudos to Joe for doing what he does so well! I do miss Simon, though. He was also a fabulous actor.

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