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Disappointing continuation of a once great series,
This review is from: Misfits: Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Being a die-hard fan of Misfits, I eagerly anticipated the fourth series but unfortunately when it premièred I was let down by the result. Characters kept joining and leaving, with the new cast not having the same chemistry the old one had. Allow me to do a spoiler-free overview of the episodes...
Episode 1: I have to admit it was a bold move starting the series and introducing the new characters in this way but in all honesty it did not work. The two new cast members Finn and Jess did not come across as particularly interesting, while the returning cast from series 3 were presented in quite an un-likeable fashion. It felt weird coming back to these characters, a year after series 3 to find they had changed and weren't the people I knew and loved. Luckily this is resolved by the end but it still dents the impact of their return to screen. A uneasy start overall.
Episode 2: This is the worst episode of the series in my eyes and the main reason for this is the plot is quite frankly dull and boring. The plot centres around Finn, who already came across as a shady and dislikeable figure in the last episode, with the opinion worsened in this one. As for the sub-plot, Misfits has been known for having bizarre sub-stories, but this one seemed too bizarre and not even funny. It just seemed like an un-necessary filler.
Episode 3: It's not until episode three that things start to look positive again. This is my favourite episode overall and the main reason for this is it features a brilliant plot, great acting, and even a half-decent and humorous sub-plot. The main story centres around Rudy (whom is undeniably the sole reason to continue watching Misfits now) and also features more of new girl Jess, with her background being explained a bit. There's a scene towards the end involving the Macarena and the two characters which will go down as one of my favourite Misfits scenes ever. The acting is superb there as well which makes me love the episode even more so.
Episode 4: This episode got a mixed reception from me as it contains elements that I thought were great and elements that weren't so much. The story is surrounding Curtis- the only original cast member left from series 1, which is only fair seeing as he had such a small screen presence in the previous three episodes. He deserves a lot more screen-time and luckily this episode makes up for that by having less of a sub-plot to focus on exploring the plot with Curtis more. This episodes does set up the rest of the series and contains a scene that I had to go back and re- watch several times because it was so good. I didn't know how to react to it though...
Episode 5: Again Misfits delivers a bad episode surrounding Finn. My issue with this episode is that the synopsis said it was about Finn looking for his dad but really this only took up about five minutes of screen time. The rest of the episode was basically a paranoia trip for Finn, thinking Jess' new boyfriend Alex 'From the Bar' was hiding something. I would have rather seen the dad storyline receive more attention and focus as it had more potential to give and would have made the episode a whole lot better. Having more of Rudy would have helped too.
Episode 6: This episode is what some may call 'Classic Misfits'. It's hard to define exactly what 'Classic Misfits' means but just know it refers to an episode of Misfits that is very good. Really what worked here was that the main cast were placed in the same situation, meaning there would be less focus on individual story-lines and sub-plots and more team-building and chemistry being formed between everyone. Alex also joined the gang and became a more third dimensional and likeable character. Its hard not to enjoy this episode seeing as there's a giant killer rabbit and numbers of foreheads that say how many people you've slept with.
Episode 7: This episode was a disaster in my book. While the previous episode had less focus on sub-plots and more of one big plot with events happening inside it, this episode turns that on it's head to create an episode that feels like loads of sub-plots but no main focus on the episode. According to it's synopsis,the main focus was meant to be about Alex recovering what he had lost but really that only amounted to 10 minutes of screen time, max. What makes things worse is that the sub-plots we get are all for new characters introduced in the last episode. Regarding Nadine's sub-plot of seeing Rudy again then running off, this wasn't that bad as it set up the next episode- it was more Abby's storyline that annoyed me. She gets a dull sub-plot all of her own even though she's not a main cast member and we know nothing about her. And yet the writers insist she's a main character by putting her in the main title sequence when we've only just been introduced to her in the last episode. For god's sake she's not even on community service yet!!!!!
Episode 8: Unfortunately this episode failed to live up to the hype it had created. With promises of sinister nuns and mysterious hooded figures on BMX's, I was expecting a lot more but instead I was just met with an average episode. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong here, its just it didn't feel as special as the previous series finales did. Heck, it didn't even feel like a finale at times. As for the 'cliffhanger' that was a let-down as well and hasn't exactly given me hope for the confirmed series 5.
In conclusion, Series 4 of Misfits is undeniably the worst of the four series. It has only three, maybe four, episodes worth noting as being 'good' with the rest being dull, un-interesting and a mess at times. One of the biggest failures is how it handles characters, as Finn and Jess didn't really stand out or come across as very likeable, Curtis was pushed into the sidelines a lot, Abby was introduced as a new main character, even though she was only in three episodes, and only started community service at the end, and several supporting characters were introduced with secrets we had to wait several episodes to finally learn about, which was just repetitive after seeing the technique the first time.
So if you want to buy this dvd then by my guest but just don't expect it to be as amazing as the first three series. As much as it pains me to say, Misfits has lost it's magic and I dread to think what Series 5 may bring.