TV REVIEW: Misfits Series 3 Episode 8
Posted by SpaceGandalf on December 19, 2011
The gang are freaked out when a fake medium with a superpower brings familiar faces from their past back to life. They find themselves face-to-face with Tony and Sally, two probation workers that they had killed.
For better or for worse, if neither Antonia Thomas (already confirmed) nor Iwan Rheon return for the recently commissioned fourth Season of Misfits, this Series 3 finale marks the end of an era. That’s not me being pessimistic, it’s just a fact. Misfits may have life in it yet, but Misfits as we’ve known it will cease to be. As I write I’m struggling to recognise if the sense of mourning I feel is for the “end” of one of the best shows on television, or for the resolution of the tragic, romantic and heartbreaking Simon and Alisha time-loop arc. Either way, it’s going to be tough typing through the tears, Sniff sniff. And I may at some point need to come back and reassess once I’m over the shock.
I’ve been waiting for Simon to travel back in time all season and was expecting big things but not this. Howard Overman loves his season finale game-changers the shock exit of not just one but in all likelihood two lead characters is about as big as it gets. After last week’s zombie-fest, this was a much more somber affair, a tone matched by the show’s now signature cinematography and moody score which were used to great effect here. It was character-driven, and lead by a spot on performance from Iwan Rheon. As the ghosts of Misfits past haunt the community centre hoping to tie up their loose ends, so too is our hero forced to tie up loose ends of his own…excuse me whilst I pause to reach for the tissues, and apologies if my emotional outpouring makes you reach for your sick bucket. The stillness with which the group dealt with Alisha’s final moments, much like they did with Shaun’s, makes it all the more effective, no need for soaring music or frantic action.
If this is Iwan Rheon’s final appearance in Misfits it is most fitting. He’s been consistently good but here he gives a wonderful performance; at one moment, when propositioned by Sally you can see every conflicting thought and flicker of emotion on his face. Plus by now he’s got the superhoodie slow-mo swagger well and truly down.
Rudy says they’ll never see Simon again, but their goodbye is pretty muted for people who’ve been through so much together. Simon says he’s see them soon, presumably referring to their past selves and not some plan to find a way to save Alisha (twice?), dodge a bullet AND find a power to get back to his proper time line. In all honesty, if he comes back, it would be a bit of a cop out, and I’m 99% sure he won’t be. I think perhaps they should have made it just a tad more explicit and dare I say a little more emo. I had the feeling they hadn’t quite made their minds up yet and I think the episode suffers as a result. You can’t quite let yourself bask in the tragic finality of it all.
- Tony running around the community and being repeatedly stuck in the face. I always did like Tony.
- Could it BE any more romantic? Could it BE any more tragic?
- Rudy dealing with his mixed emotions.
- If this is the final episode featuring Alisha, Simon, Curtis and Kelly, I’m glad they ended on a high (a very low high).
- Kelly’s topknot.
- Now I’m depressed. Thanks Overman, thanks, yeah!
- Biter-sweet departures. I’ve really warmed to Alisha over the past 2 Series and I will most definitely miss her. And what will I do without the talented eye-candy that is Iwan Rheon?
Sidebar: Alisha’s leaving was partly spoiled for me (never Google Misfits when looking for 4oD unless you’ve already SEEN it), as I knew one of the girls was a goner, at one point I thought Simon was going to accidentally shove her off of the roof top. Now THAT would have been awful.
5/5 Overall I’ve found this the most up and down of all 3 Seasons; A brilliant opener, the memorable (if only for it’s balls) Nazi episode, and whatever else was in between. But in the last two episodes everything has come together and Howard Overman et al. have more than delivered. What am earth am I going to do with myself now? Apart from cry, obviously.