I had planned on doing my Fringe review first, but I’m not feeling it today and I am with Misfits so…
Wow. Were we treated to some thrusting bums this time round or what! Everybody was having sex except for the two people who normally would be.
We began with a pretty young jogger changing in the locker room. Enter Nathan sauntering in with toothbrush in hand and nothing on but a t-shirt and fitted shorts. In typical Nathan fashion he’s caught checking out the partially dressed jogger and unabashedly flaunts his skinny ass. Gotta say here growing up in Canada our cable is dominated by American networks and their prudish sense of what goes for entertainment. I love how on this show a character like Nathan can flick at himself through shorts that do nothing to hide his manhood and still comes across as a likable guy. Of course his shameless behavior doesn’t go unpunished and he’s beaten to death in the bathroom by an unknown assailant.
We then see Alisha, still mourning the loss of future Simon, waiting near the community center. She’s been crying and on seeing present Simon gets up and follows him. I just want to say, at the end of last weeks episode when Alisha got off the lift in future Simon’s loft, I don’t know if it was deliberate, but she looked very much like a little girl. Seeing her wiping away tears as she’s crouched against a wall waiting for Simon, again I was struck by how childlike she came across. Prior to future Simon she’d been full of confidence and oozing sexuality. Now after losing a love as well having the responsibility of keeping his secret, she seems burdened and lonely. I hope very soon she’ll find a way of connecting with Simon. It was cute to see Simon’s face too when Alisha approached him on the walk in. He looked so surprised. And you have to admit, they were adorable together listening to Echo and the Bunnymen (great song, downloaded it).
On getting to the center they find Nathan still suffering the after affects of his death. Sounding very pitiful: “Some bastard killed me last night… That is not a pleasant way to die”. And Simon, further proof he’s coming out of his shell, was his blunt answer to Nathan’s question of why anyone would want to kill him. Simon: “You annoy people”. Nathan: “You ungrateful little twat”. Alisha: “Don’t speak to him like that.” And then Nathan’s pointed question of why’s she sticking up for him (and Simon noticed). Seems only Nathan is earning her verbal bitch slaps now (yippy). On a side note, a few months yoga would allow most guys (if young and limber to start) to suck themselves off.
The gang then helps out with a charity run organized by none other than the “cute smiley” jogger chick who takes a shine to Simon, though Nathan is suspicious of her because she was in the building when he was murdered. Meanwhile Kelly helps out a guy named Bruno that runs into the center by misdirecting the asshole-of-a-police-officer chasing him. Bruno later finds Kelly after her shift, tempting her with some beers in the park in thanks for helping him out. Kelly is typically standoffish, but likes his flattering thoughts and goes along. Quick question: What is taking the piss mean? They say it all the time and I have no idea what it refers to? Is it alcohol?
Nathan and Alisha then attempt to dissuade Simon from hanging out with Jessica, the cute charity chick. Oh Nathan, what does “do the maths” mean? I mean really? In his own insolent way Nathan tries to convince Simon that Jessica is the one who beat him to death, but in typical Nathan style ends up insulting Simon by saying that if a girl likes him there has to be something wrong with her (this guy should never be allowed to broach a sensitive subject). Understandably Simon is driven to ask her out and she agrees. I think Simon’s had the worst luck of all when it comes to women, considering he killed the last chick he liked. And even though I didn’t like Jessica at first (too goody too-shoes) I’m glad he’s grown enough to ask a pretty girl out, and a taller girl at that.
Later in the community center Nathan catches sight of a guy hitting on Jessica and following him quickly discovers his gasping blood-spurting body in a hallway. (Oh Nathan). On seeing the dying guy he actually asks, “Hey, what should I do huh, what should I do?”. He calls everyone’s cell but only Alisha answers and they agree to meet in the parking lot of the bar where Simon and Jessica are meeting. There the two of them share a nice exchange over how they, the two people that have always given Simon a hard time, are the only ones to show up and help him because hey, they actually really care about the guy. It was a nice affirmation of Simon’s place in the group, something he’s always wanted but never felt. Too bad he didn’t appreciate their concern.
After Nathan and Alisha are busted watching Simon and Jessica kiss, they try to show him the body of the dead guy at the community center, but it’s gone. Nathan is accused of being jealous and making this all up, but Simon has no explanation for why Alisha’s there or why she’d want to split him and his new girlfriend up. He leaves. I got a perverse kick out of Alisha’s torment here. She knew Simon would be hooking up with someone soon because Future Simon had pretty much told her so (losing virginity but not to you). I just wish Simon would hurry up and look at her differently already (I know that sounds petulant).
Meanwhile Kelly and Bruno decide to head for his place, a house he’s squatting in, and end up, for lack of a better word, fucking (I have to say it) like monkeys. When I first saw this scene I thought it was weird that Bruno would immediately want to screw Kelly from behind. It’s usually distancing (no eye contact) and animalistic. Course now I get it. Though if I had been Kelly my alarm bells would have been going off, as in this guy is a one time screw only. Switch to more sex in the form of Curtis and Nikki and her love of orgasms. So far all we’ve really seen of Nikki is her snarky sultry attitude coupled with a love of orgasmic sex (who wouldn’t like that last one). Lets hope she’s developed further before the end of the season. Kudos to her in her choice of lingerie.
The next day Simon and his friends are invited to a charity masquerade/fancy dress party by his new girlfriend, hosted at the community center. As Kelly gets ready for the party moving boxes, her new friend Bruno shows up and they shag in a storage room. Bruno gets rough and slamming her against a shelf Kelly forces him off and yells at him to leave. She’s understandably upset and Nathan finds her alone drinking a beer (?). Unable to make her feel better she chases Nathan away and hangs her head.
Meanwhile Simon and Jessica are kissing in the locker room when her father comes in. He’s less than impressed with Simon and shooting daggers out his eyes (figuratively) leaves with his daughter. Thank god my father never treated the guys I brought home like that. No wonder Jessica’s still a virgin. Can you say reverse Oedipus complex?
Later the party’s in full swing, music pumping, when we see the gang dressed in full costume as various no-name superheros. Nathan: “Does anyone else feel like a total cunt?” Simon and Jessica hook up and start to dance (all under the watchful storm induced crazy-eye of her father, the real killer). Jessica, a sexy cowgirl, waves her toy gun seductively at Simon who is a… I don’t know exactly but he’s in purple tights.
Bruno is there too dressed as a gorilla and finding Kelly tries to explain himself saying: “Sometimes my instincts kick in.” You see Bruno too was affected by the storm and he’s been changed. Kelly though doesn’t know by just how much (that was one hell of a storm). Enter the asshole-of-a-police officer that’s traced Bruno to the party and Kelly and her gorilla man flee.
Gotta say, why is the dance music on this show so good? It always makes me want to head down to a gay bar and bump and grind with the best of them. And yes I said gay bar because in my city they’re the only places seriously good dance music is played.
While partying it up Jessica’s dad murders a Simon lookalike in the bathroom. Take note folks: Red eyes + flapping cheek = psychopathic evil dad. Simon slips out of the bathroom unaware he’s in his girlfriend’s dad’s cross-hairs, and with Jessica’s hand in his they run away to be alone. Alisha, Nathan and Curtis follow but lose them in the crowd. Splitting up Curtis heads to the roof where he realizes he’s glimpsed this moment before and with a horny smile waits for Nikki to appear behind him.
Nikki, through the sheer will of wanting to see Curtis, transports herself to the roof (love the Maps song here) and there before you know it Curtis’s thrusting butt is pounding away at her (they actually showed his very nice bum) on a couch under the stars. Quite lovely and sexy until Alisha bursts through the roof top door and eyes wide leaves them to continue looking for Simon. Note: did Nikki have to smile when caught? It only made her out to be an insensitive bitch, or an exhibitionist, I’m not sure. And Curtis, shame on you for letting your little head rule in favor of saving a friends life.
We then see Simon and Jessica tentatively making out in a room. We learn Jessica is a virgin and Simon admits he’s one too. And it was here I got to like Jessica because I could suddenly understand why she’d been so prudish. Simon was the perfect man to be her first. Only another virgin could allow her to be the instigator, the aggressor in their courtship. Seeing virginal goofy-smiling Simon here was very endearing (nothing is more alluring than knowing you’re making a guy timid and unsure, yeah I’m weird that way). Unfortunately as they dress Jessica’s crazy dad bursts in and starts to strangle Simon. Enter Alisha swooping in with a fire extinguisher to the back of dads head, saving Simon and causing some seriously awkward looks.
While all this is going down a team of cops chase Kelly and Bruno up against a building, and in full gorilla costume Bruno carries Kelly up the side of it onto the roof (borrowing from King Kong me thinks). Nathan follows unsure of what’s happening, but worried for Kelly follows the drama up a flight of stairs. On top Bruno attacks a cop and he’s shot. Crying, Kelly cradles him as he dies, listening to his thoughts explain why under his mask he’s actually a real life gorilla, that the storm changed him and made him human just like he’d always wanted (WTF!). Kelly then kisses him on his gorilla lips, which if you’ll remember was something Nathan couldn’t even do for the 82 year old woman he inadvertently screwed in season one. You’re a good person Kelly, even if the scene made me cringe. Bruno then dies happy because he met Kelly, which makes her cry, and then Nathan bursts onto the roof asking why there’s a gorilla in a gorilla costume (eternally a boob that one).
A few hours later in the light of day the gang gather on the community center roof, still in costume, and congratulate Simon on losing his v-card. Kelly is still sad telling Nathan how she liked Bruno because he said what he thought, unlike most people. *Here’s hoping Nathan clues into this tidbit and uses it to move ahead with Kelly.
The show ends with Simon, his friends at his side and a beer in their hands, wondering aloud if this is what it’s like to be a superhero.
Considering all the no holds barred screwing this episode, I’m unsure if it was a good idea to not include any scenes of Simon and Jessica having at it. I don’t really think two virgins doing the nasty can be sexy, but it would have added an element of realism or maybe just tenderness that the other sex scenes were incapable of… and that’s always nice.