By Zelly Waters
The joy that overcomes me when watching Misfits with my roommates is one of no compare. The show is addicting, hilarious, and British so there’s really nothing not to love. From the obnoxious Nathan, to the beautiful Alisha, to the painfully shy Simon the characters are so real it almost hurts to watch. In a way that Skins never managed, we see a gritty side of them and their situation without losing believability—despite them having “powers” delivered by a storm.
The shows’ writing is the crown jewel, along with its deliciously eclectic soundtrack and the simplicity with which the sets and costumes work to create a rich and engaging environment.
It’s a show that you start out being oddly fascinated by, and end up mumbling to your roommates at 2AM about how attractive Simon is, astonished by the clever twists, and being affected by the characters you never really cared for at the beginning. Unlike most television, I don’t find a clear favorite in the ensemble—they all are so much their own, unique personalities that their realness prevents me from picking a favorite the same way it’s impossible to pick a favorite friend. The beauty of Misfits is the fact that you move in and out of each characters arc without leaving behind, or changing the way you feel about the previous one. The plot points, even when unexpected, make perfect sense. It is one of the only shows I’ve seen where I don’t get angry about the way anything is treated and it delivers consistently wonderful material. It is beautifully balanced, and allows the watcher the most out of each episode.
With the fourth season, we lose all but one of the original characters on the show. I haven’t gotten a chance to watch it yet, but I still have high hopes. Misfits isn’t just about the superb acting, it’s about the writing, the story, and the heart that blends it together and I trust that to continue. If you haven’t gotten the chance to check this one out, I highly recommend it for that study break between cram sessions, paper writing, and problem sets.