Misfits – Series 4 Review

The curtains come down on series 4 of Misfits and though no official statement from E4 has been released, a fifth series is to be expected. But with series 4 really managing to split fan opinions, the next series will have to be something special indeed…

Series 4 of Misfits was always going to have a tough job on its hands. Revamping an entire cast, especially when the old one was so loved – along with still trying to deliver entertaining television – was never going to be an easy task. But to varying degrees, show creator Howard Overman manages to succeed in doing exactly that.

At the moment, our current group of delinquents aren’t really on par with the cast from series 1 & 2. There’s no doubt that they possess the potential to be; Rudy (Joseph Gilgun) has been an excellent replacement for Nathan (Robert Sheehan) and has probably been the stand out performer of series 4, I’d even go as far as saying that he carried this particular series – but the rest of the current group do have some way to go.

What doesn’t help matters is how series 4 seems to have changed the shows previous format. Yes, TV shows evolve, and normally for the better, but this series of Misfits seems to have missed the trick a bit.

You see what made the first three series so enjoyable was that despite the explicit banter, sexual conflicts and general debauchery between the group, there was a sense of genuine togetherness on display. Each episode had our misfits actually tackle a ‘threat-of-the-week’ as a unified team and the show was much better for it. Through their interactions with each other, and the group dynamic, we often learned more about the characters who we came to love and root for.

Does the current crop of misfits show the same togetherness? Only occasionally.

In this series, the show focused too much on individual story lines. Some were amazing, like finding out about Rudy 3, but some were just useless, like Finn looking for his real father. Yes, they delved into the characters and we got to find out more about them, but series 4 never really felt Misfit-y enough, something that can hopefully be rectified in a fifth series.

But one of the main problems with series 4 has to be the lack of use of superpowers being used. Not until the series finale did we ever get to see the group using their powers in some entertaining fashion which is a real shame. When you remember that the whole premise behind Misfits is a group of young offenders who develop superpowers, you can’t help but feel a little perplexed by this.

I should point out that my favourite character this series has to be sociopath probation worker, Greg (Shaun Dooley). In his random encounters with the gang, he often manages to completely steal the scene with his deeply troubled and angry personality. It’s great that he hasn’t (yet) met the tragic end that most probation workers in Misfits tend to meet. There definitely seems to be more than meets the eye with this probation worker.

Hope remains for a fifth series. The introduction of dead pan amnesia suffering Abbey Smith (Natasha O’Keeffe) is an interesting move and I’m very much intrigued to see what’s in store for Alex (Matt Stokoe) and his lung transplant operation. Whilst these are tantalising titbits to carry over, a fifth series will still need a lot more to maybe appease some of the Misfits faithful.

So, series 4 was enjoyable although it was difficult not to reminisce about the previous series. If Misfits does continue into its fifth series and beyond, then it’s essential that Joseph Gilgun is kept. Without him, the show really will struggle.

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