SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not seen episode 7, series 4 of ‘Misfits’
This week saw a conclusion to Alex’s ‘problem’ meanwhile mystery girl Nadine continued to elude Rudy.
So, Alex finally got his manly parts back but unfortunately he appears to have turned narcissistic, perhaps a return to the person he was before the incident? It was interesting to see the shift in Alex’s character and it felt slightly unexpected, he genuinely did seem like a nice guy, that was until he got his penis back. Poor Jess, it seems she is in for further heartbreak however Finn is far too naïve for her and her sarcastic wit. So hopefully, Finn will be her very, very last resort.
In other juvenile delinquent news, if you hadn’t noticed Abbey’s appearance in the opening title credits, then by the end of the episode there should be no doubt that she is now one of the Misfits. She is a welcome addition to the group and her kookiness is a big draw. While most people drink to forget their problems, she seems to drink to forget that she has been gifted with amnesia, courtesy of the storm.
Natasha O’Keeffe is comical as Abbey from the off, pulling a cigarette butt out of her mouth when she comes around after a drunken night. And yet she can do the more serious scenes as well. It would seem that O’Keeffe and Joe Gilgun are now the strongest members of the cast.
It is refreshing that she does not have a power and that does not hinder her character in any way. Instead it is actually quite interesting – who was she before the storm? Why would she want to forget who she was? The fact that she cannot remember who she is means that in some way she is a clean slate, her personality can change as she has no sense of self.
Aside from the introduction of Abbey, the best part of the episode was in the karaoke bar – perhaps music is a theme for this series? There was after all that moment with Jess and Rudy 3 dancing to Chris de Burgh’s Lady in Red before she killed him. The ironic use of power ballads in this series has been entertaining because they are intentionally so inappropriate. The show has not yet had a musical episode like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and perhaps it is now time that Misfits did the same?
The moment when Greg the probation started to sing initially felt a bit odd very odd but it did work. For an instance the audience is shown his vulnerability. Although the whole sequence was a weirdly funny, the main problem with Greg’s character remains and the question is: why is he always on the verge of exploding? What is the reason for his constant fury? It is these questions that make him difficult to understand as a character and this lack of backstory is quite frustrating rather than amusing. It would be interesting to know the character’s motivations. But kudos to Sean Dooley for give such an energetic turn week in, week out.
On a tangential note, it seems impossible to escape Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s The Power of Love what with this episode and this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.
While most of this weeek felt very average, it was toward the last quarter of the episode that things finally started to pick up both in terms of tension and drama. The scenes in the karaoke club were fantastic but apart from that the adventure felt run-of-the-mill, particularly when compared to last week with the psychotic rabbit in a suit.
Next time on Misfits… We’ve had Misfits vs. Nazis and Misfits vs. zombies, now it’s Misfits vs. nuns when the gang take on a group of holy sisters at the local church.