Misfits is a 4 season 29 episode original series produced by video streaming service Hulu. It follows 5 juvenile offenders in the UK; Kelly, Nathan, Curtis, Alisha and Simon, who develop strange abilities after a freak electrical hail storm. Each of their new talents directly correspond to their personalities (for example, Alisha who is highly sexualized gains the ability to make anyone desire her simply by touching her bare skin), but learning to live with these new talents changes their lives.
I’ve only watched the first three episodes of the first season of Misfits, but I’m already intrigued by the premise. I’m especially interested because the five main characters are not terribly likable people, and a major plot point of the beginning episodes is a horrible crime. Admittedly most adults find teenagers to be jarring at times, but with the exception of Curtis most of the major players lack any sort of social conscience or real remorse for the actions that got them community service. However, I wanted to know more about their stories and learn more about the reason for their new abilities.
I’m not familiar with most of the main cast, but Michelle Fairley of Game of Thrones appears as Nathan’s divorced or widowed mother who struggles to find love due to her difficult son. While Louise Young only takes part of two episodes, her challenges with Nathan touched me although I disagreed with some of her actions.
In my opinion Misfits is definitely worth trying out, but it’s probably not for everyone. The language can be quite foul, the situations are intense, and many of the characters appear to have serious mental and/or personality disorders. However, if you enjoy darker, mature shows give Misfits a try. Here’s hoping I enjoy the remaining 26 episodes as much as the first three!