Misfits S04E02

at the bar

Oh, Misfits, I miss what we had.  Ours was a whirlwind romance, and I still remember the good ol’ days, the hours we’d spend together, you cracking me up on the couch with your constant hilarious charm.  You could do no wrong; I was so infatuated I was willing to forgive just about any of your faults.

finn's present for sadie

Oh, to be young and in love, kind-of-sort-of against my will.

Maybe our honeymoon phase is over, or maybe you’ve changed.  Sure, I still crack a smile or a laugh or two each week, but it’s not the same.  I find myself looking forward to the day I can break up with you.  I can’t do it yet; you were so excited to show me your new season, so full of promises about how you’d turned over a new leaf, how things would be different now, and that you’d make me happy again.  I feel like I can’t leave until I’ve given you a chance, but I’m counting down the days until your new season is over.

I guess our relationship mirrors that of Finn’s and Sadie’s.  Our relationship is clearly broken, and we’re both just going through the motions for the sake of what we used to have.  As Jess said, we’re “probably not meant for each other.”

Except we’re nothing like Finn and Sadie, because, hoo boy, that one’s a doozy.  Last week I was ready to tear Finn a new one for bringing yet more violence against women into the show.  And Finn really has no excuse for keeping Sadie tied up to his bed for who knows how long, but Sadie was also using her mind control powers to make Finn do her every bidding.  Basically, their whole relationship was a giant mess and I’m just not going to touch that one.  It’s over, let’s move on.

dun dun dun

DUN dun DUN! Someone queue up Sally’s old lurking music, stat!

Well, at least I’m ready to move on, but apparently Misfits isn’t.  Howard Overman is recycling not one, but two previous plot lines.  Two of the misfits are homeless and now living in the community center, and there’s a hot new (trainee) probation worker making eyes at one of the misfits for possibly nefarious reasons.

Maybe Howard Overman is as nostalgic for and unwilling to let go of those halcyon memories of season 1 and 2 as much as I am.  But I draw the line at plot recycling, at least for this latest season.  Before, I was one of the first people to say that plot didn’t matter and I meant it: as long as the characters were so interesting, and, more importantly, funny.

I’m not saying that the humor has entirely departed from the show.  Things have improved from the creepy dark turn they took last week.  When I go and read compilations of Rudy quotes, they seem kind of funny.  But I didn’t laugh much as I was actually watching, which is quite a nose dive compared to my reactions to season 1 and 2 (and even season 3 a bit, because we still had Kelly and Shaun).

I also really do not like where they’re going with Curtis.  It’s weird to see him engaging in such juvenile fights with Rudy over women.  The Curtis who rejected Nathan’s offer to divvy up Kelly and Alisha between them in the very first episode would never have played “Scissors, Penis, Twat,” or whatever that was, over the pretty (and as it turns out, racist) blind girl.

rock paper scissors this is not

The new “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock?”  I sure hope not.

The change didn’t come out of nowhere; Curtis had already started being a bit weird toward women back in season 2.  I’m just particularly unhappy with the character shift because, as I’ve always said, Misfits is not about plot, but about characters.  Well, Overman, if you’re going to put all your eggs in the character basket, you’d better make sure it doesn’t have any holes, and the basket labeled “Curtis” is sporting some big ones.

Other than that, though, the character development on Misfits is coming along nicely.  I’m intrigued by Alex (the bartender and other new regular character); not because he shoots down all the women who hit on him, but because he looks super cagey as he does so.  He’s clearly hiding something, and because this is Misfits, it’s not something normal.  I’m enjoying the possibly evil new probation worker; he’s not as funny as Shaun, but I did get a chuckle out of him extorting money from Finn.

I don’t know how I feel about Finn yet, because like I said, I am not touching that mess right now.  But I’m warming up to Rudy and Jess.  At first it felt like Jess was just here to fill the “sassy female character” quotient, but she’s not Kelly at all, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  Kelly said whatever she thought when she thought it, and she said it straight, as opposed to Jess’s sarcasm.  At least there’s someone around here cracking jokes.  Keep it up, Jess, and you might just get promoted to your own quote of the week.

imparting wisdom

We’ve even been promised more bromance, though I’m not excited for it the way I was for Simon’s and Nathan’s.

As for Rudy, I’d actually already warmed to him a bit; we didn’t get a chance to talk about him because we went right from reviews of season 2 to 4.  I’m annoyed with him when the show tries to give him too many Nathan-style lines, a bad habit it can’t seem to shake.

Because Rudy isn’t Nathan, and I like him best when that’s the most evident.  He’s much more vulnerable than Nathan was, and not just when we’re getting that in the form of the softhearted Rudy double.  He actually seems to care about things and the people around him more than Nathan ever did.  They should keep exploring that angle with him as much as possible.  Fortunately, next week’s previews show that the show just might be headed in that direction.

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