Misfits Series Four REVIEW

Misfits Series Four DVD review: Offensive offenders


2012 | 18 | £19.99 (DVD)/£24.99 (Blu-ray)
Distributor: Channel 4 DVD
Directors: Nirpal Bhogal, Jonathan van Tulleken
Cast: Joseph Gilgun, Karla Crome, Nathan McMullen, Nathan Stewart Jarrett, Matt Stokoe

Back in the early ‘90s, Viz comic self-deprecatingly branded itself “not as funny as it used to be”. A similar sort of statement made by many – “it’s not as good as it used to be” – has blighted the comparably potty-mouthed Misfits in recent months. Is it true? Is Misfits not as good as it used to be? Well, simply put: no, it’s not. But it’s still pretty good.

By the end of series four, none of the original cast remain. A problem? Yes and no. Yes, we miss the old faces but Nathan McMullen’s new boy Finn is likeable and Joseph Gilgun’s Rudy frequently hilarious, somehow managing to be the sweetest misogynist you’ve ever encountered. However, Karla Crome’s Jess never quite endears: the fact that she spends the entire run in a mardy strop becomes wearisome.

This series has lots of good things about it, but never once attains the dizzy heights of series two – a mean, downbeat first episode gets things off on the wrong foot, and the final episode narrowly fails to deliver on its early promise. In-between it’s a mixed bag: highs include evil Rudy, numbers on foreheads denoting number of sexual partners, the incredibly intense new probation officer (Shaun Dooley), and Alex’s hysterical search for his cock.

Less effective is a big surprise death – it’s just not particularly affecting. Some of the crudities which have always been part of Misfits’ make-up often seem a bit much this time around. Also, the Misfits’ powers are only a very small part of this run, which decidedly dilutes the drama.

But the show still has much to commend it, including a superb visual sense, lots of laugh-out-loud moments and the fact that it’s like no other TV programme around. A fifth series isn’t absolutely necessary but it certainly wouldn’t be unwelcome.

Extras:

There are short Making Ofs for all eight episodes, lasting around five minutes each – there are behind-the-scenes snippets but it’s mostly the cast and producers talking to camera, which is entertaining enough. You also get all eight webisodes – bizarre puppet shows that spin-off an element from each story. These feature such delights as Trevor, “the rat from the opening titles” and how to play “Penis Scissors Twat”.

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