Kelly: 'Ah, you fucker!'
dialogue with which to start a season, eh? This episode pretty much
followed on from the season one finale: with Kelly mourning Nathan's
death, Nathan indulging in a spot of onanism (whilst lying in his own
shit), and Simon with a dead probation worker in the deep freeze. Only,
now there's a new
hero in town, and he seems to know all about the misfits. Who is
Superhoodie? Does he have superpowers? Questions they'll hopefully
address as the season progresses.
was watching an interview with Robert Sheehan last week and he revealed
that, before this episode even aired, fans of the show were guessing
correctly how Nathan would escape his interment. Personally, I had no
clue. I half suspected the iPod Kelly buried with him would turn out to
be an iPhone, and he'd rally the troops and have them come dig him
out. In the end, it was our mysterious masked avenger, Superhoodie, who
sent messages out to our favourite degenerates, instructing them to
meet at his grave.
unlike the misfits, is a proper superhero—or at least appears to be. He
has a costume of sorts, hides his face behind a mask, has gadgets, is
an adept practitioner of free running, and can actually be arsed to
save people. Last season he saved Nathan from the Virtue Virgins, and tonight, after stabbing Kelly in the eye with a superbly directed paper
plane, he returned—decked out in body armour and night-vision
goggles—to save Curtis from certain asphyxiation. He must also
know about Kelly's telepathy, otherwise why send them to the cemetery?
resurrection was in predictably bad taste. After scaring Kelly half to
death by screaming in her face, it was business as usual, with the
sexual innuendo, the shit talk, and the endless digs at Simon. (Although
Tutti Frutti gum is pretty rank.) Not exactly the reunion we were
expecting, but as usual, Nathan got all the best lines, which Sheehan
delivered with enthusiastic aplomb. No wonder Nathan never pulls—he's a
complete sociopath. I can't bring myself to quote some of the stuff he
We were also given a pretty disturbing glimpse
into Simon's past and how a failed arson attempt landed him in a
mental institution with the ever so slightly unhinged Lucy. Looks can
be deceiving—just not in Lucy's case. She looked strange from the
off. Her face said it all, as did her obsession with Simon and her
immediate jealousy of his new friends. Scratching out the eyes of
paintings whilst silently sobbing is another tell-tale sign that things
aren't going particularly well upstairs.
And thus began the
shape-shifting madness. I honestly thought Kelly had offed another
probation worker. Let's face it, it's not outside the realm of
possibility—they've already got one mouldering in the chest freezer.
Thankfully, Curtis' ability to turn back time saved them again. Not
that it helped Nathan, who ended up impaled on a pipe. Ouch! And, if it hadn't been
for Superhoodie, Curtis would have likewise been toast. How is it that
Superhoodie knew exactly where they were and what to do, and more to the
point, how did he know they were in danger in the first place?
I liked that Kelly waited for Nathan to
come back to life. It wasn't quite the evening they had planned, but
it was sweet in its own way. It was nice too that, despite Nathan
promising to change (like he ever could), Kelly didn't ask him to.
Kelly, of all people, knows that the person you are on the outside isn't necessarily the person you are within. Despite Kelly's brash
exterior and uncompromising talk, it's obvious that deep down she cares
for Nathan. She stuck up for Simon, too, when Curtis was about to take
him to the cleaners for hurting Alisha. The writers are fleshing out
Kelly's character nicely.
But what does it mean now
that Superhoodie knows that the misfits killed Sally? Will he use this
information to his advantage? Despite him saving Nathan and Curtis, is
he really on their side or is he just using them?
—I like the new probation worker's attitude. He seems as uninterested in the misfits as they are in him.
—Being immortal suits Nathan's personality perfectly. Not being able to
die is going to push his self-confidence through the roof (assuming
it's not there already).
—For a TV show with a small
budget the visual effects were pretty awesome this week. Lucy's
shape-shifting looked genuinely creepy.
—I'm not sure I'd have eaten a Cornetto. Ick!
Nathan: 'Can we please stop killing our probation workers?'
Curtis: 'He's dead.'
Kelly: 'I heard him. I think he was knocking one out.'
Simon: 'That does sound like him.'
Nathan: 'Oh, hey man! Cornettos!'
Kelly: 'So if you're not dead, how comes you smell so bad?'
Nathan: 'I appear to have shat myself.'
Nathan: 'You want to see the merchandise? Try before you buy.'