TV REVIEW: Misfits – Series 3, Episode 2

Misfits explores date-rape, gender and sexual harassment with mixed-results.  Bored with the direction in which his life is heading and still banned from athletics, Curtis decides to use his new gender-swap power so that he can compete again.

In true Misfits style, there’s a complication when Curtis falls for Emma, one of the other athletes, while he’s training as his female self.

But Curtis is in a predicament, because he can’t tell Emma the truth about his real identity. Meanwhile, a predatory figure turns his attention to female Curtis. *Contains spoilers*

I’d like to start by giving props to Howard Overman for writing an ambitious “issue-based” episode. At times perhaps the message was hammered home a little too hard, like a more cynical, twisted and darker episode of Glee, and like that show the message was sometimes a little muddled. But, at least he has the cojones to write about these things in the first place.

Using Curtis’ new gender-changing power to give insight into the female experience, when it so easily could have been used purely for laughs or (worse) to improve his sex-life, was a definitie positive.  Were this episode featured in another show, an episode of Buffy for instance, I’m convinced  it would have been more of a success, perhaps even a classic. However, as one of a 7 episode series of Misfits I’m not so sure. I’ve in the past complained of a lack of development of Curtis’ character, but, in such a short season I don’t think we’ve enough time to focus purely on one Misfit unless it is serving the season arc. Perhaps it would have worked better if they’d spread the story out over a few more episodes. Whilst Curtis’ new-found empathy for women was convincingly portrayed by actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, it would have been more satisfying had come about after a longer period of time.

The only real negative, however,  is that this didn’t feel like an episode of Misfits; It was deficient in humour and urgency and was more mundane than usual, lacking that epic quality we became accustomed to in series 2.

Smiley Face

  • FINALLY, Curits is less of bore. Convincing performances from both Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Kehinde Fadipe .
  • Alisha’s impression of Curtis (heh heh).
  • Curtis discusses his predicament with Simon:  “Are you a lesbian?”, “She thinks I’m f*cking myself”, etc., etc.
  • The dreaded urine sample. Any tips are welcome.
  • Kelly is totally crushing on Seth. Aren’t we all? (Actually, I’m not, but the word on the street is he’s a definite hotty).
  • A real-life “power-less” Big Bad. Weapon of choice? Rohypnol.
  • Sometimes it really can feel like all men are perverts.

Sad Face

  • All men are perverts. Really though? Perhaps it would have been more convincing had they scatterd the perverts over a few episodes.
  • So your new girlfriend is clearly intoxicated and can barely talk or stand up (so much so you’re concerned enough to call a cab to take her home) you leave her alone for five minutes and return to find a strange man trying to have his way with her. Obviously you blame her, leave him to it, and run off to have revenge sex with a guy you’ve just said is absolutely awful in bed?!? Load of balls.
  • I’ve heard people complain they missed Nathan in this episode, but I’d argue, they missed everyone.
  • Time travel, future Simon, romance, epic score – more of this next time please!

An ambitious, relevant, but slightly disappointing episode.

Rating:   3/5
GS Reporter: Alexis

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One comment

  1. PeanutbutterJellyGirl /

    I really liked this episode and it was really the introduction of a new character and finally some character development for Curtis. I honestly didn’t feel like this was a show about date rape, it just happened to be the baddie of the week. This was definitely slower paced but well put together. I loved Rudy’s comic relief in the episode, the boy is funny, pathetically daft and very sweet. His description of women as being cruel and smelling of toffee apples. I just loved that. I can honestly say given half a chance Rudy will be a better character than Nathan in the end.

    Curtis & Melissa came off as the same character seamlessly. I loved Melissa’s journey of self discovery and I hated that Curtis felt that he had to put away running in order to move forward personally. This was an episode all about perception and self awareness. You’re right about it not feeling like Misfits but Curtis was never part of the madness to me, so it worked.

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