The Final Season of Misfits

Misfits is by far one of my favourite British TV shows. It started airing on the network Channel 4 in 2009 and has just started it’s fifth and final season. While I do love the show, I feel like it has reached a point where it’s supposed to end.

The premise is easy. A bunch of young offenders get hit by lightning during a freak-electrical storm and get the weirdest kinds of superpowers from that. Ironic as it is, these not exactly model-citizens get thrown into situations where they have to be the heroes (not without killing a probabtion worker every now and then though). It is partially vulgar, very witty and shows a great example of British humour, but somehow it is just not as good as it was before.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the show and doesn’t want to be spoilered: You should stop reading now! I don’t want to be responsible for ruining the experience for anyone!

While the show is still not bad, I think it sort of went downhill when one of the earlier cast-members, Robert Sheehan, left after the second season and got “replaced” by Joseph Gilgun as the funny one of the bunch. After that more and more cast-members left, so that by the end of the third season only two regulars were still in it. Since season four only featured Nathan Stewart-Jarrett for half the season, because Lauren Socha got kicked out (apparently not because of her recent conviction, but I do think that that was part of the decision to not let her return). After that Joseph Gilgun became the new veteran of the show and had to deal with four new mates. In my opinion, it is alright to change actors every now and then, but changing almost the entire cast in such little time is too much. The storylines got weirder too, and while I do think that Alisha’s and Simon’s endless love-loop is very romantic, I also think that it was the same season (series 3) that lacked creative story-telling. So, as you can see there are plenty of reasons why the show should end.

I did get used to Joseph Gilgun by now and I really like him as Rudy, but I still need time for the other newbys. I guess I just really miss Iwan Rheon (who’s now in Vicious and Game of Thrones) and Robert Sheehan (who’s latest appearance was in City of Bones) and Lauren’s accent, but I can’t change anything about them not being in the show anymore.

The main actors and actresses over the seasons include: Robert Sheehan, Lauren Socha, Iwan Rheon, Antonia Thomas, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Carla Crome, Nathan McMullen, Matt Stokoe, Natasha O’Keeffe, … Furthermore, the show was created by Howard Overman, who also co-wrote the script with Jon Brown.

What do you think about the show? Could it go on forever or is it time to go for our superheroes?

… and some more TV shows!

My last post about the new fall season TV shows was only about shows that started on the channel ABC. This time I chose two new series from BBC!

The Wrong Mans

The Wrong Mans (and no, that is not a typo or spelling mistake) is a new British comedy drama/action series, created and written by the two stars of the show: Mathew Baynton and James Corden. Other cast members include: Sarah Solemani, Tom Basden, Paul Cawley, Chandeep Uppal, Jordan Long

I have to say I just love that show. So far, only two episodes have aired, but I think the concept is great: After Berkshire council office worker Sam Pinkett (Mathew Baynton) witnesses a car crash and answers a ringing phone at the site of the crash, he and one of his co-workers (James Corden)  become entangled in a far-fetched, but deadly serious, web of crime and conspiracy.

While the show has a very serious look and also a thrilling score, it definitely is hilarious to watch. The characters are lovely and so … normal. I can’t wait to see more!

Atlantis

I guess that BBC needed a new mystical type of show after Merlin has stopped airing and it seems they came up with Atlantis. The show was created and produced by Johnny Capps, Howard Overman and Julian Murphy – two of those (Capps and Murphy) were also involved in Merlin, so, I am not entirely surprised. Following actors/actresses are starring in the show: Jack Donnelly, Robert Emms, Mark Addy, Aiysha Hard, Juliet Stevenson, Sarah Parish, Alexander Siddig, Joe Dixon, Ken Bones, Jemima Rooper,

Inspired by Greek mythology, the show is based on Plato‘s tale of Atlantis. In this story, young Jason tries to find his father, who has disappeared during a submarine-expidition. On his search, he suddenly finds himself in Atlantis, where an Oracle tells him that he was actually born there. From then on, he has to go on heroic adventures with his newfound friends Pythagoras and Hercules.

While the story isn’t bad, I personally never really associated Atlantis with Greek mythology and was somewhat confused when they had Greek Gods there. Especially, since they are mixing it up a little (Since when is a bull the sign for Poseidon? Wasn’t that Zeus?). I am not an expert on Greek mythology, but then again I am just not too convinced with the look and feel of the show in general.

I will be writing about other new TV shows soon. If there are any particular shows you would like me to cover, just leave a comment below!

If you missed the first segment of this post, here the link:

https://theimpossiblegirlblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/tvs-fall-season-has-started/