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I remember it was this time last year I discovered Misfits. I’d read how it was everything Heroes on NBC could never be and then some – Within ten minutes I was hooked.
I thought the show was hilarious in a real world kind of way (apart from the super powers) and couldn’t get any better. It did. Last week when we finally found out who superhoodie was, I like most people didn’t see it coming. I actually thought they’d hired Iwan Rheon’s twin brother or something (he doesn’t have one as far as I know) because I did not believe that was Simon in the shower. He actually looked like a different man to me. The way he moved, was confident, muscular, and most of all in love with Alisha. All of a sudden I was rooting for two characters that previously I thought had no business being together. I have to commend Iwan Rheon and Antonia Thomas because they made me believe completely in Simon and Alisha, boy did they make me believe. I was so giddy after, I reevaluated a relationship of mine and said some things I’m now regretting (must maintain a few days cool down before talking to the opposite sex). Anyways, it was like the show had become something more than it was, and in such an unexpectedly good way.
The episode begins with the Misfits meeting the newest member of their ASBO gang, Ollie. A freckly environmentalist complete with tacky braid who quickly gets killed off by a deranged video game junkie that can’t tell the difference between reality and Grand Theft Auto (or whatever the game was called). Poor Ollie, you were nothing more than a disposable superpowered twat that lasted all of 7 minutes. What got me was that nobody was really upset over watching him die. Sure he was new and overconfident and a bit of a pansy (rat-tail braid), but shouldn’t there have been some minor PTS amongst the group? Naysayers would argue our gang has seen and done too much to be affected but… hmmm, okay on second thought I’ll buy that, because when I think about it none of the Misfits are very deeply sensitive people, except for maybe Simon. They just want to be left alone to do their own thing. I did like the shots of each of their screaming faces as they ran, and Curtis’ constipated-looking attempt to rewind time. When will that boy master his power.
After their probation worker shoots down their less than sincere request for a day off, the gang clean up some graffiti and argue over whether they should do something to catch the killer. Of course it’s Simon who proposes this and it’s Alisha who backs him, much to the shock of Curtis. She’s grown a lot from last season, but then she’s had to, especially by the end of this episode.
I only wish Nathan could mature a little too. I’m hoping his off-putting attempt at seduction with Kelly last week and her desire to just forget it and be friends will stir in him a desire to grow up. He looked genuinely crushed both last week and this when Kelly pretty much gagged over his whole slipping her the finger. Which leads me to say, what is going on with Kelly? At the club in episode 2 while high she was all, “Sometimes I think I fuckin love you… and it scares the shit out of me,” but now she just wants to be mates? Is she scared, are the feelings gone? Nathan’s a boob sure, but he’s an honest boob. I know there’s a heart of gold in there somewhere and I think Kelly knows it too. Course she’s may be taking the approaching of letting him come into his own first. Let him age a bit, like a fine cheese.
In the next scene we see Nikki, the girl whose bed Nathan shit on, recovering in hospital after having a heart transplant from you know who. Sweet foul-mouthed Nikki is doing exceptionally well until she’s suddenly transported out of her bed and into the morgue. Plop! Right on top of dead Ollie. Then before she can even climb off him she’s swept back into her hospital room.
We then find Curtis and Alisha out for a walk when the video gamer killer pulls up, his techno theme music blasting, and a chase ensues. The two of them manage to evade the guy running through the jungle of concrete that is Thamesmead, but the love loss that has been growing between them comes to a head and with a few fuck yous’, both sides admit things have changed and end their relationship. Alisha even takes on the fact it was her that really did the changing. There are no tears, but both look sad.
Alisha then goes to Future Simon’s loft telling him the news. That she let things play out as he instructed. The news doesn’t make him happy but only more sad. He knows his time is short and events are quickly approaching he needs to prepare for. They kiss and do what lovers do. The next morning he watches her put on makeup and tells her one day they’ll go to Las Vegas, just like she’s always wanted. At the time I could tell something bad was going to happen. Simon was holding onto the moments too much with her, but I still didn’t expect what happened.
We then see Curtis and Nikki meeting at a shrine set up for Ollie. After she tells him she has Ollie’s heart and something’s wrong with it, they sit by the lake and Curtis tells her all about Ollie’s superpower (which she apparently can control better than he did). It’s a nicely shot scene, as many are when it comes to Misfits, and they agree to go on a date. On a side note, I really like how so many of the shots in the show are framed like a picture. For someone like me that’s never been to the UK, they give a good sense of what it’s like to live there, as well making it look good in the process.
After leaving Future Simon, Alisha is heading to the community center when she meets up with Kelly. Within moments the video game killer drives up behind them and chases them down until he surprises Kelly with a knockout punch, loading her unconscious into his car. I found the timing of this a little suspicious, like what deranged serial killer is up that early in the morning? It’s summer in the UK so it has to be near 7 am (live at the same latitude so I know how early the summer sun is). Any how he tells Alisha he wants his money and that Conti needs to deliver it at such and such a warehouse. Conti being a character from his game which because of Nathan he thinks Simon is.
After delivering the message to Simon, Curtis and a cutely frantic Nathan, they hear what they think is the killer shouting in another room. Finding the video game the killer think’s he living playing in a darkened room (put there by Future Simon), they conspire to rob a bank. Que the probation worker entering with instructions to clean his car. Who cares if he heard Nathan say, “lets rob a bank,” he wants his car cleaned. This guy is so much better than Sally.
Meanwhile the killer thinks Kelly is his girlfriend from the game and demands she dress up in a marshmallow disaster of a wedding gown. She puts up a fight and gives him attitude, but with a gun in her face relents. And let me say, I love the soundtrack to this show. Whoever does the mixing is gifted. Did you notice those strange little voices that played when the killer pulled his gun. I don’t know what they were supposed to be, but they added just the right amount of weirdness to the scene. And a quick question; are all chavs or slags supposed to be like Kelly, tough?
With the probation workers car serving as their getaway vehicle the gang rob an armored truck, or I should say an invisible Simon does, and head to the warehouse to rescue Kelly. Outside the warehouse, for the first time I think, Nathan is shown to actually be really frightened. The guy’s immortal but he’s the one verbalizing the scariness of their situation. “We’re way out of our depth, but that’s okay right. We’ve all watched TV, that’s how we learn how to do this stuff. Just butch it up and play gangster.”
Course things don’t go as planned and Simon, who for all his good intentions is still embarrassingly inept, gets a gun barrel to the side of his head. Who knew the dick would advance to the next level and be all, who’s the undercover cop Conti? The killer then strings each of them up like hunks of meat threatening to get his chainsaw and start cutting if nobody talks. It’s when he’s gone to his car that an annoyed Nikki, waiting for Curtis in a bar, falls out of the room and into the warehouse (I like how they visualize her power). She gets a bit of an introduction from Curtis and you can see Alisha’s eyes wondering when the hell have they got so chummy. Nikki though can’t control her power that well and the video game guy soon has her strung up with the rest of the them.
Alisha gets picked to be the first to die and he lets her down when Nathan, under pressure from Simon, bites the bullet and tells the guy he’s the cop so chop me up instead. Oh Nathan, I knew you had it in you. Which leaves me to wonder, what would happen if Nathan were sliced up? Would he be like a jigsaw puzzle you had to put back together or could he regrow everything. Be like a skinny human salamander.
Luckily for him Curtis face kicks the guy allowing Alisha to run away and in terminator fashion he follows, hunting her down until she’s cornered. Unseen above them is future Simon who is counting down the right moment to jump in and save Alisha. 4, 3, 2, 1, he lands and takes the bullet full on in the chest collapsing back into Alisha’s arms. The killer, thinking he’s finished the level leaves them without a second glance.
Alisha, crying, tries to call for help but Simon tells her this is the way it has to be. That it’s all falling into place. He instructs her to burn his body because nobody can know who he really was. I cried here because for some reason for him to be anonymous in death really got to me. Nobody should ever suffer that. But Alisha refuses and with his dying breath explains he won’t really be gone and that it’s her falling in love with him that makes him the man he is now (it was hearing Alisha cry Simon’s name at this point that sent me into full on sobs). And so with a dazed heavy expression she does as he wanted and leaves his body to burn.
Why did he have to be so heroic and loving? Stuff like that only makes me cry.
We next see present Simon days (I’m assuming) after the warehouse incident, still virginal and with only shades of the man he will become. He catches Alisha staring at him, but she’s unable to speak and smiles away his worry. The episode ends with Curtis and Nikki happily together and Alisha, alone in Future Simon’s loft staring at a picture of her future with Simon. The music from Massive Attack here was pitch perfect.
I was left wishing they had shown what happened when Alisha went back to the gang to let them down. What did she tell them happened? They would have heard the gun shot and smelled the gasoline on her, not to mention the blood and tear streaked face.
I really hope that before the end of the season they answer the question of why Future Simon wanted Nikki to live? Will it have something to do with whatever bad stuff is coming their way? And why did Future Simon have to die? He could have worn a bullet proof vest. Does that mean our present Simon will die too? Because if it does love can turn to hate and I will never forgive the creators of this show.
Here are some favorite screen shots:
Ep 4 scene 1
Ep 4 scene 2
Ep 4 scene 3