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A week away from its series 4 finale, Misfits serves up a depressingly throwaway episode…

This review contains spoilers.

After last week’s strong outing, it seems Misfits has been restored to default settings for episode seven, even if none of the elements of this episode make much sense when thrown together. There’s karaoke, there’s a weird sex scene, there’s a sequence where Rudy gets to be naked, there’s a slightly mysterious new member of the gang, and there’s a mystical pregnancy. All of these things are part of the show’s DNA, but apparently make a disappointing hour when not accompanied by a compelling story that ties them together.

We begin with Jess and Alex making a go of things despite his obvious issues, and it looks as though things just might work out for this year’s love birds. Of course, it can’t last, and so desperate is Alex to restore what’s his that he ends up going a little bit mental. Seemingly spurred on by his relationship with Jess, he finally discovers the whereabouts of the thief and goes after them with a gun. Jess finds him just in time, but it looks like getting his manhood back might have been the worst thing to happen for their relationship. Their closing love scene is a creepy show of narcissism that comes as quite a surprise.

Alex is now one of the regular misfits, so my guess is that things won’t stay this way, but his behaviour gives us a good idea of what he was like before the incident. It looks like poor Jess is in for some more heartbreak in next week’s finale, but maybe Finn will be there to pick up the pieces? Obviously meant to be the white knight who saves her in the end, I don’t actually think the two of them are a good match and wouldn’t necessarily want to see them together. Jess is a good enough character to work on her own, with or without the tedious love triangle she’s been dealing with since her introduction.

Rudy has his own lady problems, as Nadine turns up at the community centre for a visit. Meeting her at last week’s party before she mysteriously ran for the hills, this is one mystery we’ll have to wait until next week to properly solve. Its clear romance is blossoming, and I really hope the character development it’s given Rudy isn’t completely forgotten about once the storyline is over, but the course of true love never did run smooth. Nadine is a nun and, from the previews for next week, it looks as if her entire nunnery has been affected by the storm. Evil nuns! That sounds like a great episode.

We’re still not seeing the characters use their powers enough, but Finn does at least manage to spill a cup of tea this week. He does it to help new girl Abby, who it seems doesn’t have any sort of power to call her own, but who has lost her memory instead. That’s a pretty raw deal, but it might help if she at least had some sort of personality. There’s really nothing to go on, except the fact that she’s desperate for a family, and is now a fully-fledged community service worker thanks to Finn’s woolly-headed scheme to keep himself out of trouble. A sub-plot sees a teen mum’s unborn baby transferred to her, but she eventually gives it back with a promise that she’ll take care of it from now on.

Add in an impromptu karaoke number from Greg the probation worker, and it makes a depressingly throwaway episode that there really isn’t any excuse for. Though Abby has potential and I’ve grown to like Alex, Finn and Jess, the dynamic between five losers who don’t really know each other makes for a strangely disconcerting experience every week. The last episode played on this brilliantly, with new information turning each character and relationship into something deeper, but this is almost like a debut season of a new show, and there’s no room for mediocrity.

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First thing I’d like to say is, it’s nice to see the group outside of the Community Center for the whole episode (which has never been done in Misfits history). It was a good thing too, because we get to see that not all the bad things in the English world happen around the Community Center. This episode specifically takes place in one apartment building, separated between three rooms.

The story has two main plots once again; The first being Rudy’s (Joseph Gilgun) attempts of getting Finn (Nathan McMullen) to hook up with a girl, and the other is Jess  (Karla Crome) and Alex’s (Matt Stokoe) relationship. In Rudy’s attempt to get Finn some ‘action’, he takes the group to a party at his friend’s apartment building. When they first get there, they enter into an apartment where a wake is being held. Upon entering the real party, the group are exposed to a power that prints the number of sexual partners they have had. Rudy, with a 99 on his head spends his time trying to reach the big 100, as well as to get Finn from a 1 to a 2. There becomes a problem as Rudy leaves the party because he finds a dead girl out in the hall. He runs to Finn and Alex, explaining what he saw, stating ”There is a giant white rabbit, in a suit, and he has a golf club, and he’s out there murdering people!” The rabbit is actually a hallucination brought on by an acid trip mixed with the lightning storm. We also get to see Finn and Rudy being helpful to a girl who passed out in the hallway by putting her in the tub.

There’s also a strain on Jess and Alex’s relationship having to do with unsatisfied (sexual) needs. Viewers were in for a big surprise as we learn why Alex had, at the end of the last episode, been trying to see other men’s genitalia. It turns out that one transgender girl/boy received the power to switch body parts with other people. [S]he did this to Alex, leaving him with her parts. As my sister pointed out while we were watching, this actually makes Jess a lesbian for the time being. This episode also introduces a new member to the Misfits, Abby (Natasha O’Keeffe), who is also the girl Finn and Rudy put in the tub earlier. We don’t know her power, or anything about her past really’ and the only time we saw her, she was slamming back drinks of all kinds.

This weeks episode brought back a Misfit vibe of sex, death, and hilarious jokes in a way that makes fans as happy as they have ever been. The only problem was the lack of superpowers from the main characters. The entire show is about the lightning storm that gave the Misfits superpowers. This season however, the writers don’t seem to be focusing on that as much. Other than that, the episode was great and made a strong comeback from last week’s episode. I can only hope next week’s Misfits is just as good, or even better, than this weeks.

Misfits Episode 6-

Geek Score: 99/100

Check out this weeks episode here on Hulu.

For more information on Misfits, go to the Misfits IMDB page or E4′s Misfits homepage.

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