Reviews: Misfits – Season 1 (DVD)

The first time I heard the storyline for BBC’s new teen drama, Misfits (written and created by Howard Overman), I pulled the “um, what?” face. A group of five teenagers doing community service get struck by lightning during a freak electrical storm and develop super powers. I know, right? But I ask you not to be put off by this, because as we all know it is also the telling of a story that makes it great (which is why this show is such a hit). Many describe Misfits as a mixture of Skins and Heroes, but having not seen Heroes I can’t really vouch for that; it definitely has elements of Skins in terms of its raw sexuality, aggression and language (yes, you will hear the C-Bomb – oh joy!). The visual styling of Misfits contributes as much to the appeal of this show as the fresh-faced talent. The cinematography transforms the housing developments of Thamesmead, South London into a beautiful-yet-dated concrete wonderland that is the perfect setting for this bizarre storyline and larger than life characters.

The cast, as I mentioned, are all up and comers, the most experienced of which is Robert Sheehan who plays Nathan. Nathan is the loud mouth, sarcastic, smart-ass member of the group. Without his bold humour the gang simply would not be as entertaining. However, they all play a pivotal role; Kelly (Lauren Socha) the blunt and unforgiving Chav, Simon (Iwan Rheon) the withdrawn observer, Alisha (Antonia Thomas) the flirty and seductive party girl and Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) the level headed sportsman. It’s the combination of these dynamic characters that is so fascinating to watch. I was constantly intrigued to see what they did next and how they handled the next challenge thrown their way.

Misfits manages to find a perfect blend of the unpredictability of superpowers with the hurdles of being a teenager. The reluctant superheroes juggle relationships, parents and curfews with time control, invisibility and the ability to read minds. The best part: it actually all seems fairly believable! I also need to mention that Misfits isn’t just for teenagers, in fact you need to be over 15 to watch it (legally) anyway. I would recommend Misfits for 15-25 year olds. I’m smack bang in the middle, and I enjoyed this show thoroughly. I even went to school and excitedly discussed it with other fans (to the point where the idea of a ‘Misfits Club’ was put forward, however, no such club was ever formed). I highly recommend Misfits to anyone who appreciates talented actors, a new and exciting story and aesthetic beauty.

5/5

reviewed by Rosie Vernel

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