What would you do if you suddenly gained superpowers? It’s interesting to think about the transition from ordinary, unremarkable person, to someone with supernatural abilities, about how your life and your relationships with friends and family would evolve or possibly end with the evolution of a new and possibly quite different you, but no one is actually prepared for such a radical shift in their reality. When five teenagers meet while performing community service together, they have little in common, but all of that changes when they are hit by the same bolt of lightning and their lives become supercharged.
The first time with Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Nathan (Robert Sheehan), Simon (Iwan Rheon), Alisha (Antonia Thomas), and Kelly (Lauren Socha) and then again with Rudy (Joseph Gilgun), Jess (Karla Crome), Abbey (Natasha O’Keeffe), Finn (Nathan McCullen), and Alex (Matt Stokoe), a freak storm finds a group of totally self-absorbed adolescents who are biding their time with community services until they can back to their old lives, and gives them abilities that make life anything but ordinary from that point onward. The tens are all dealing with their own issues (see: bullying, isolation, classism, loneliness, failure, a bleak future, etc) and their powers, rather than solving these issues, only seem to exacerbate them and endanger them, even as the groups struggles with their newfound abilities and keeping them a secret.
The teens may not have always followed the rules, but clearly knew the difference between right and wrong prior to acquiring their powers. Afterward, however, the lines become more blurred, situations more grey as struggle to protect themselves and others. Discovering quickly that they are not the only ones with powers (see: the second group from Season 4-5), and that others have far more sinister intentions, the misfits are often pushed into being reluctant heroes.
Misfits is a breath of fresh air from your average superhero fair, because we get to see the full spectrum of ways in which power can change someone. Often, it is not for the better or worse, only more (unwittingly) dangerous. The idea that a teenager can, for example, be bitten by a radioactive spider and become incredibly responsible and wholly selfless as a result is nice to think about, but far from realistic, and it is the realism of Misfits that made it such a captivating show from start to finish. The personal growth of all the major players was incredibly entertaining to watch, and if nothing else, the audiences learns that sometimes, not fitting in simply means that you’re greater than your surroundings.
I give this one 4.75 stars.