Review of Misfits – Series 3, Episode 2
After taking a back seat for such a long time, Curtis was finally brought to the forefront this week along with his alter ego.
The last time Curtis was really in the spotlight was in series 1 where there was a whole episode dedicated to his ability to turn back time. He repeatedly went back to the past and attempted to return to his former life but he eventually realised that he could never do this.
Despite being lumbered with his new ability to transform into a girl, a superpower that is far from the A-list of superpowers, it seemed to benefit Curtis and gave him a fresh perspective on life. He might not have chosen the power but it became very personal and helped to develop his character. For so long he was the moody ex-athlete who was consumed with regret and a yearning for his old life, but by the end of the episode he had gained a sense of closure and was ready to move on.
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett has always given a good performance as Curtis but the fact that his character has been stuck in a rut of remorse means that he has been very limited. Hopefully, now that Curtis has left the past behind, viewers will see a new side to Stewart-Jarrett’s acting. Kehinde Fadipe who played Melissa, the female version of Curtis was equally as strong as her male counterpart and inhabited the character completely. The role was played seamlessly by the two actors, whether it was Stewart-Jarrett or Fadipe who was on screen, it was Curtis who was always present. Interestingly, all three of the male misfits have alter egos, Curtis transforms into Melissa, Simon is Superhoodie and Rudy literally splits into two versions of himself.
Series 3 has been about moving the characters forward and it was refreshing to see Curtis appear so vulnerable in his female form. He was groped by Shaun (Craig Parkinson) the lecherous probation worker and nearly raped by athletics coach Mark (Jay Taylor), all of which made this week feel incredibly sinister. The attempted rape scenes were very unsettling and at times made viewing difficult. Although it is not the strongest episode of the series, it was more about character development rather than just entertainment. If nothing else, the episode served as a strong endorsement for women to be wary of date rape and drink spiking.
From the trailer, the pace will be picked up next week as the Superhoodie/Simon subplot progresses. Just how will Simon save the others and Alisha? The best is yet to come.
On a side note, for those who still feel that there is a Robert Sheehan-sized hole in ‘Misfits’ should be aware that he chose to leave the show. For fans seeking some more Sheehan action, he is currently starring in ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ at the Old Vic in London, alongside fellow ex-‘Misfits’ actress Ruth Negga who played Curtis’ girlfriend Nikki.
‘Misfits’ is on E4, for more information about the series visit: www.e4.com/misfits
Image credit: Channel 4Tagged in: Misfits, science fiction, tv&radio
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