In the last installment of British TV That PWNS we discussed The Fades. To see the first episode of The Fades for free, click quickly! It’ s a limited time offer. If you’ve missed it, don’t worry! The Fades premiers this Saturday, January 14, on BBC America 9pm EST/ 8pm C
Good nerds, I know you’re all familiar with the tale of the young hero. Misunderstood/unpopular kid mysteriously gains powers and now must defeat evil/save the world because with great power comes great responsibility. This is not what MisFits is about.
Often described as where Heroes meets Skins; MisFits is probably the most realistic portrayal of what would happen if young adults were suddenly gifted super powers. They are not trying to save the world (forget the cheerleader). They’re just trying to live through their court imposed community service sentences and get on with their lives when suddenly they’re caught in a freak ice storm. Each (as well as others in the neighborhood) ends up with powers that reflect their innermost desire or personality.
Curtis , who desperately desires to fix his past mistakes, finds out he has the power to go back in time.
Alisha prizes her ability to be attractive to men, has the power to seduce anyone she touches. However, it is far more terrifying than you’d think.
Nathan is more sensitive than he appears to be and plays the irreverent jerk. One of those incredibly charming a**holes that repulses you and pulls you in at the same time. His power is ..well, I’ll leave that a mystery.
Kelly is a vulnerable girl who grows tired of being looked down on because of her accent and class; gains the power of telepathy allowing her to hear what others are thinking.
Simon is a shy nerd with great intelligence, but a low social IQ. Tired of being teased for his awkwardness, he gains the ability to become invisible.
MisFits is a dark comedy with complex characters who often do things that are stupid, ill-advised, or offensive (most often uttered by Nathan). It’s all the delight of being young & stupid without any of the guilt! Abandoning the hero trope allows room to explore intricate plots & pasts of each character. At one time or another each one will be your favorite and each one you’ll dislike. It’s not always an easy show, but that’s part of its brilliance. As hilarious as some scenes are, other scenes can be equally as disturbing, uncomfortable, or have deep emotional impact.
No character is as simple as they appear. Without a great quest or destiny the focus is more on what’s important to each one as a person and this makes them feel like real people. They have family troubles (far more interesting and genuine than the Petrellis), form couples, and do battle a few people who have been overzealous with their powers–but only b/c it got in their way.
For a British show there is a peculiar lack of class differences on display. While Kelly does deal with the negative consequences of being a perceived as a chav, none of the other characters seem either disadvantaged or privileged by their class. In fact, each seems to have an equal standard of living.
One of the things I’ve noticed in most, if not all, of the British TV I’ve been watching is the racial and ethnic diversity in the casting. Racial diversity, as well as interracial relationships, are presented as the norm and are completely unremarkable. Anyone can be a hero, anyone can be a villain, anyone is loveable. While it’s not the same with every show in this series, it’s refreshing to just feel like you’re just another person in the world.
Expand your nerdery and catch up on this award-winning show’s three seasons on Hulu! Treat yo’ self.