Monday, September 24, 2012

Visual: The Cast of 'Misfits'

Meet the Misfits! I'm currently making my way through this weird and wacky British sci-fi comedrama, then I'll post a full review of the series. The basic premise of the show, created by Howard Overman, is that a group of juvenile delinquents find themselves stuck out in a storm and are struck by lightning. Of course, this results in powers, though not necessarily 'super' powers. Turns out they aren't the only ones affected by the storm, and each episode we typically meet someone else with powers, and more times than not, they are out to do no good. The powers usually tie in to the character's personality, so the shy guy can turn invisible, the slutty girl can seduce anyone with her touch, and so forth. But the powers can't always be controlled, and aren't nearly as fun to have as you may expect.

One of the strongest aspects of the show is its unpredictability and willingness to experiment with their own rules and format. And they surely don't make it look like a wild good time to have supernatural powers, the characters suffer from their 'gifts' more than they benefit from them. It's full of humour, a fair share of cringe-worthy douchbaggery (since these are petty teen criminals), some brutal violence, and engaging science fiction themes. If you're in the mood for a show with a fresh and creative take on an old premise, Misfits is worth your time. I think my power would be something to do with controlling my surroundings through the written word. What would yours be?

Image #1: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Curtis

Image #2: Iwan Rheon as Simon

Image #3: Antonia Thomas as Alisha

Image #4: Lauren Socha as Kelly

Image #5: Joseph Gilgun as Rudy

Image #6: Robert Sheehan as Nathan

Image #7: Ruth Negga as Nikki

Image #8: Matthew McNulty as Seth

Misfits was created by Howard Overman

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