This week on Misfits, the gang manage to squeeze as much trouble as possible out of posing as models for a group of blind sculptors. Believe it or not, this actually allows ol’ sour puss Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) to have a little fun as he does his best to charm pretty blind girl Ally and feuds with horndog Rudy (Joseph Gilgun).
But the majority of episode 4.02’s drama takes place outside the community center. The series four premiere ended on the unsettling revelation that Finn (Nathan McMullen) was apparently a demented kidnapper, keeping a poor girl locked up in his flat. So things get a little awkward this week when a now-homeless Rudy imposes himself on his new chum and becomes an unwanted houseguest…
It eventually transpires that, thank goodness, Finn is not a terrifying freak, but has been corrupted by his gal pal Sadie, who used her power to transform him into the ‘perfect boyfriend’.
Sure, Finn’s efforts to escape her controlling grasp may have been a little extreme to say the least, but you can’t help but sympathize with the poor lad’s plight once you learn the truth and his bizarro relationship starts to unravel.
Both Finn and fellow newbie Jess (Karla Crome) feel a little more real this week. Last Sunday’s series opener was far too manic to get a good handle on either character – with a more traditional, less schizophrenic storyline, this episode gives both McMullen’s cheeky Scouser and Crome’s sarcastic straight-shooter more room to breath.The new group dynamic also feels like it’s taking shape, with Finn in particular having already found his role as the gang’s new punching bag.
While Finn takes the majority of the focus, we also get to see the first crack in Jess’s icy demeanour when she tries to hit on hot barman Alex (Matt Stokoe) and her attempt falls spectacularly flat.
As the newest Misfits cast addition, Stokoe doesn’t get enough screen-time to make any real impact, but introducing a new regular character into the show who’s not part of the community service gang could certainly shake things up and we’re eager to see more of the ‘standoffish’ heartthrob…
The only real bum note in this week’s installment is the quiet, underwritten departure of Seth. Last week, the retired power dealer felt like a spare part – without Kelly, he doesn’t have much of a purpose and it felt like he was being kept around more for familiarity’s sake than anything else.
This week, Seth at least briefly services the plot, but it’s still a rather underwhelming exit for Matthew McNulty’s loveable rogue, who contributed so much to Misfits last year.
But that’s a fairly minor quibble. After last week’s shaky opener, we were worried Misfits had lost its touch, but it seems that was just a temporary glitch. Episode 4.02 goes a long way towards restoring our faith in the show – and after that intriguing ‘Next Time’ trailer with a third Rudy, we’re definitely back on board.