Remember when Heroes was interesting? Before Claire got bangs and ran away to Mexico or whatever and they started spending of their time with that steam-punk, back-in-time carnival? No? Well who cares, because Heroes sucks now. Gone are the days where I wonder if it’s appropriate for me to be attracted to the dad. Gone are the days I feel shock and delight when I realize that Hiro Nakamora’s future self is a time-traveling madman who probably knows tons of sick ju jitsu moves.
That show and LOST, man. Shark-jumping failure. It only hurts because I loved both of them so much, and now my nerdy heart is broken.
But from this withered shell of once-genius springs a show that’s just so great–Misfits. The premise is along the same lines as Heroes: ordinary you-and-mes get super powers, compelling plot lines ensue. The difference is, the Misfits are a band of fucked up failures with behavioral problems. They’re doing community service together when they gain their powers.
Unlike Heroes, you don’t get pulled back and forth wondering who the good guys are. There really are no good guys: there are impulsive, self-conscious, self-centered, manipulative assholes who you grow to really care for. The characters need and love each other because ultimately they’re kind of afraid of their own powers (and their actions. The plot packs major punches to some pretty fragile mental health).
When I started the show I thought that certain aspects were intolerably annoying. There’s an awful lot of techno, for example. On occasion during the first season, I wanted to hold the character Nathan’s head under water (and now I love him! He looks like mini Bob Dylan!). I powered through these moments because the show is on the whole is so stylish, funny, gritty and tender.
The character Kelly is probably my favorite: she’s an obnoxious, stereotypical chav, and if you were British, you would know what that means. It’s kind of the south-LA-Latina-gangster of Europe. She’s fun to watch, she’s fierce and loyal, and my high-school-self recoils in terror when I see her long ass fake nails she probably uses to claw at people’s eyes.
The show is artistically dark and artfully directed and the cast is incredible, which is why I’m adding it to my list of things titled “Misfits” that are excellent:
- The series I just reviewed. Booya.
- The American rock progenitors of horror-punk
- The devastating movie starring Clarke Gable and Marilyn Monroe
- The better band from the show Jem and the Holograms
So get on board, champs. Especially if you’re into brilliant super hero shows that are set in their own comic-like universe, which you definitely should be. Up up and away.
Bunny McIntosh is a co-founder of Baby Robot Industries and writes on meltingdolls.com. Her favorite food is honey butter and her favorite actor is the dad on Star Wars. She hates optical illusions and playing sports (except wrestling). Follow her on Twitter @BunnyMcIntosh.