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Disappointing fourth series
on 15 December 2012
Don't get me wrong.....a bad episode of "Misfits" is still better than most things on T.V, however this 4th series is very poor compared to the high standard set by the first three seasons.
The first problem is too many changing characters: Curtis (probably the least interesting of the gang?) is the only original charcter remaining, and even he leaves half through through! Other characters come & go without getting chance to really know them and the 2 new main characters ( Finn and Jess) are hard to like. Whilst clearly brought in to replace Simon and Alisha, the writers try hard to avoid replicating their personalities in order to make sure that Jess and Finn are not seen as replacements but characters in their own right. However, neither of them are as distinct as their predecessors.
The second issue is their powers: they are hardly used and seem almost incidental to the plot. In the first 2 series, their powers reflected their personalities; Simon could turn invisible but you could argue that he was already unnoticed by most people already. Alisha was a pretty girl already used to relying on her looks to get her through life, so her powers of attraction were quite interesting. ( and so on......)
At the end of the second series we saw a decision to introduce a character who could trade powers and that for me was when the rot began to set in. Their new powers bore little or no resemblance to their original powers, and in some cases were quite ridiculous (zombie cats and cheerleaders anyone?) Now this fourth series sees even less reliance on their special abilities which wouldn't be so bad if the script was razor sharp but what have the script writers come up with? Missing genitalia! Really? This is 12-year-old schoolboy nonsense. Although the series has always been character driven at least the whole thing was tied together with their shared powers, but some episodes hardly feature them at all.
Finally there is just not the same sense of fun! The entire series has lost its "levity" and some episodes are heavy going. Anyone remember "Milk boy"? Or the gorilla? Or the real life grand theft auto video game player? No episode in this latest run comes close to recapturing the magic of the earlier series.
Series 4 is an unfortunate continuation of the series with an inconsistent run of episodes that falls short in all areas. Its narrative issues outweigh what's good in the series and this fourth run is easily Misfits' worst outing to date.