Rudy: “Women are very much like tractors.”
is back for its fifth and final season, and after just one episode, I
already feel dirty, confused, and slightly ashamed. So mission accomplished, Howard Overman.
I think we can safely say that this was the most traumatising wrap-up of any episode of Misfits, ever. I was hoping that Alex's newly acquired skill of being able to fuck other people's abilities out of them would be at most
a once an episode deal. No such luck. Poor Finn. Poor Jess. Poor me for
having to watch. The explanation as to why screwing Finn didn't
eradicate his telekinesis ('last in, first out') was awful, as was Alex
inheriting his ability via transplant. That can't happen. Wait... you
say it already did? What about Nikki? Okay, you got me. I wonder, could
Agent of Satan Finn still move things with his mind? Is it possible to
have two powers operating at the same time? Does any of this make sense?
Probably not, but Misfits has always
required that we suspend our disbelief. And our standards. And often our
gag reflex. But that final scene was shocking for all manner of
reasons. A rape scene for the sake of comedy, even if for the good of
the individual (contradictory though that may sound)—did it somehow
cross the line? So much of what Misfits does pushes the
boundaries of good taste, it's hard not to be desensitised to what goes
on, but I don't see how you can complain about that one incident
and yet remain silent over the raging sexism, profanity, and general
all-round bad taste which permeates the show. Was the horror of the
situation offset by the sheer ridiculous of the power, Jess' horrified
expression, Alex's dry heaving, and Finn's humorous reaction when he
came to? I think it probably was.
What are the
implications of Alex's new ability and how will they impact on this
final season? Presumably he can't have sex with everyone (although after
what happened to Finn tonight, who the hell knows?), but it's conceivable that he could at some point strip Jess of her power. But
who were the orange jumpsuitees on Rudy's prophetic jumper? None of our
current crop of misfits can fly, or turn invisible, or shoot
fire/lightning from their fingers—at least not yet. And with Seth out
of the picture, it doesn't seem likely that they're due a power swap any time
soon. Will the series end with them all becoming real superheroes? With
the epic closing minutes of episode five (season two) in mind, there
would be a delicious symmetry to that.
an unchanged cast this year, at least the episode wasn't
bogged down with the tedious character introductions of previous seasons, yet they didn't really put the extra time to good use developing the
show's existing characters. Abby's past is still unknown; Finn's still a
little shit with soap launching telekinesis; Jess is still pining after
Alex the cock-swap barman; and Rudy's still... well, Rudy: loud,
disgusting, and one of the worst ex-scouts you could possibly imagine.
Even Rudy 2 couldn't bear to look at himself in those brown shorts. But
this was a much stronger season opener than season four. More coherent.
Funnier. It feels like a show with its shit together.
busting in on Alex and Finn on-the-job, and his unexpected – read
'uncharacteristically subdued' – reaction to it, seemed to hint that
this is the season for his story to come out. Good. Although Greg's a
difficult character to like (what with being such an aggressive git most
of the time), these occasional moments of tenderness, do make you
wonder exactly what his deal is. With the show's focus currently on
offing Scout leaders rather than probation workers, maybe he'll even
survive the season.
I was also glad to see that Alex
has been upgraded to full misfit. Despite Jess' continuing
attraction to him, it seems virtually impossible that they'll ever make
it as a couple. Not with Alex's past habits, his admittance that there
will always be more girls, and his determination to use his cock for
good. This doesn't bode well for Jess who's still clearly
besotted with him—which presumably leaves the door open for Finn. When
Jess was possessed by the the Agents of Satan, she did seem vaguely
touched by the efforts of the demonised Finn to bed her. How much of
that came from Jess I wonder? Finn's confession of love seemed genuine
enough. Was Jess' reaction also authentic? I feel a little sorry for
Jess—the current bunch of male misfits are all abysmal prospective
partners. They make Nathan look positively angelic. I can't say that the
prospect of Jess ending up with Finn fills me full of happiness.
Alex honestly believe that he can use his todger to help people? After a
season of not having one, who can blame him for wanting to put his
newly reinstalled tallywacker to good use? To be fair, he didn't screw
the accident prone Emma immediately—he initially resisted—but her
showing him her scarred, broken body was enough to break his resolve. I
can't decide whether Alex's motivations are purely humanitarian, or
whether he's simply using his new power as an excuse to legitimately
over-indulge in his love of knobbing. Both maybe, although his initial
foray into selfless coitus didn't seem overly enjoyable—at least, not
to start with. Maybe shagging his way to salvation is going to be
harder than he thinks.
There's not much needs to be
said about Rudy. Like Nathan before him, he's rightfully the centrepiece
of virtually every episode. His character's the strongest, the best
developed, has the best lines, and the most unfathomable personality.
Next week's episode looks set to be a Rudy-centric affair, which I'm
pleased about, although I do hope Abby gets her own story at some point
during the seven remaining episodes. Can we expect any cameos this
season? Probably not from Kelly, but a visit from Simon, perhaps? Will
the series finale be a launch point for the much talked about Misfits movie? I guess we'll have to wait and see. If we've got the stomach for it.
—I love the way that dead bodies at the Community Centre are such a
common occurrence these days that nobody even seems to care.
—Rudy is hopeless. Despite being dragged half-naked and blindfolded to
the Community Centre, and sat in a candlelit pentagram, he still thought
it was some marvellous birthday surprise.
the People With Powers support group. I wonder if we'll ever see the
tortoise in human form? And nice to see the return of Tim from season
two. Still thinks he's living in a computer game, I see.
—The fight between Rudy 2 and Alex was just like a real fight: plenty of
poorly landed punches, inappropriate squeezing, and grunting for no
Finn: “He may have a new lung, but you can't replace his cheating heart.”
“The first time I masturbated... scouts. The first time I ever saw
another boy's penis... scouts. The first time I touched another boy's
penis... scouts. The first time another boy touched my penis...”
Rudy: “It was in scouts! It was in scouts. Happy sunlit days is what they were.”
“You've got the wrong guy. I'd make a terrible agent of Satan. I'm
lazy, I'm disorganised. Ask anyone who knows me... I'm shit.”
Finn: “You're not going to believe what just happened to me!”
“Were you bent over double again, sucking yourself off? Bit of pollen's
got up your nose, you've sneezed, you've bit the tip off your penis?”
Rudy: “Oh, come on!”