My kids actually go to bed on time lately, so I've been trying to fill the quiet with noise or keeping busy. Hulu and Netflix have helped, with their ample supply of streaming television and movies. I'd like to share some surprising new favorites each week, or as often as I end up thinking about adding to the list. This week: Mistfits I actually thought this was about the band by the same name, for the longest time, so I never checked it out. Monday, I accidentally selected it, and before I backed out, I realized the photo was not of the band, so I read the description...which hooked me. "Meet Kelly, Nathan, Curtis, Alisha, and Simon, five unruly teenagers forced to do community service as payback for their crimes. When a freak electrical storm hits their town, strange things begin to happen to them and they soon realize they've turned into superheroes. Each of them possess a power they didn't choose or want, a power which reveals each of their deepest, darkest insecurities. But while they just want to finish their community service and get through the challenges of everyday teenage life, fate has another task in store for them - they must save their town from the evil that has descended upon it. If you think life's tough for your average superhero, it's even tougher when you have a curfew..."
I tried to tell my sister about it, without giving too much away. Honestly, I think I undersold it with, "It's like Red Dwarf with superpowers and a Deadpool (R/MA) rating." I won't tell you who has what powers, but the abilities really do tie in well with their personalities and make for some interesting twists. Warning...laughter is guaranteed, but tears may also be shed! New ships may set sail!!! Misfits is kinda addictive....It's difficult to only watch one or two episodes at a time...I've found myself looking at the clock and suddenly it's after 3 am when I started at 9. And I maaaaay have watched one or two while I was at work...
What would you do if you worked community service...or any menial, mind-numbing job, really...and were suddenly blessed (or cursed) with a superpower? Also, what would you do if all of your probation workers kept turning up dead? Can you fix all of your problems by turning back time or disappearing? The Characters: Alisha- pulled over by a police officer whiledriving drunk. When she attempts to flirt with the police officer, she is given community service. Her power is revealed in the first episode and is linked to how she feels about her sexual appeal to men. Kelly- placed on community service for starting a fight with another girl. She is pretty badass, right from the start, and her tough demeanor hides a tender heart. Her power is representative of her self-consciousness. Plus ((SPOILER ALERT)), she kicks the crap out of Hitler! Nathan- the mouth....on community service for stealing candy. His ability is not revealed until much later, and I'm not going to give so much as a hint. Well, there's a hint here, if you know where to look...but it will only make sense in hindsight. Nathan is a character who quite possibly undergoes the most internal change. He could also be the most frustrating character, depending on your perspective. If you're one of his friends, you'd probably go with the latter. Curtis- the longest lasting of the original five; on community service for drug possession. He was a rising star among runners, with hopes of going to the Olympics, until drug charges dashed his dreams. His power stems from his frustration at his situation and his feelings of a lack of control. (I was disappointed by the development of this character, though. He had a strong background, and ample opportunity to make him more dynamic, but these opportunities were not explored as well as they could have been.) Simon- on community service for burning a classmate's house down. Quiet and thoughtful, Simon is a character that goes through the most apparent change. His power is a manifestation of his social anxiety and feelings of dissimilarity. To me, he's the most relatable and fleshed out character. And it's surprisingly easy to forget that Iwan Rheon plays the monster Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones.
Please, PLEASE keep in mind this is a very mature program. Gratuitous sex and violence and cursing and descriptive language. But if that's your thing, you'll really enjoy this show!