WARNING: Contains spoilers
When it was announced the fifth season of E4’s Misfits would also be the last season, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who thought, “What a shame. Oh well, it’s probably for the best.” There hadn’t been a dramatic dip in quality or anything, but there didn’t seem to be much else the writers could do. We’ve already had the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, zombie cheerleaders and a suited golfing rabbit man that looked as if it was the spawn of the devil and your worst nightmare. Super powers started to get less creative and most of the cast seemed to disappear without much explanation.
But now I am sad. Season five exploded into my life out of nowhere, with plot twists, gut-busting one-liners and brilliant characters. I’ve grown attached to the current misfits without noticing, and I will be genuinely upset when it ends. The exit will most likely be made all the more painful, thanks to the show’s annoying habit of brutally killing off characters for no reason.
This week’s episode revolved around (relative) newbie Abby, who couldn’t remember her life from before the superpower storm of series one, and unravelled her back story in a plot twist of epic proportions. After hooking up and falling in love with cute girl Laura With the Scarf she met in the bar at the end of episode two, Abby started having mysterious flashbacks before realising that she is (drum roll…) Laura’s imaginary friend made real. Exciting, I know. I physically gasped. But Misfits wouldn’t be Misfits without a creepy antagonist, and this week it came in the form of Scary, a monster also hatched from Laura’s imagination. The story climaxed in a dramatic slasher movie-style chase around the community centre.
One thing that makes Misfits so great is that it doesn’t get stingy with the B-plots. This week, it was focused on Scouser Finn, whose boyish, monkey-faced charm had managed to capture the heart of hard-ball Greg the Probation Worker in a crush of the highest degree. I can see how some viewers would have found the whole situation creepy beyond belief but, I’m not going to lie, I thought it was adorable and I may have flapped my arms a little. For me, the highlight of the episode was their cute, yet excruciatingly awkward and hilarious, piano duet of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s The Power of Love. I actually had to pause the TV in case I missed something from giggling like an idiot.
I’m just going to say it: out of Shaun the “I don’t give a &@!£” Probation Worker and Greg the “I will kill you in your sleep” Probation Worker, I prefer Greg. Shaun was great and all, but there’s something about Greg, played brilliantly by Shaun Dooley, that makes me unable to look at him without wanting to burst out laughing in a terrified kind of way. He manages to steal most scenes that he’s in – even those shared with Joe Gilgun, which is an achievement in itself – with his soft, whispered threats and spot-on comic timing.
Basically, if the show keeps up the good work and continues to bring in the laughs, the scares and the fantastical superpowers for the remaining five episodes, this season is likely to be the best Misfits has ever done. I’ve already dug my black armband out of the wardrobe for when it’s finally over.
Need more Misfits? Episode four airs on E4 on 13th November. Check out the full season five trailer below: