Misfits' Finale Leaves A Sour Aftertaste

This season's Misfits has been as unpredictable as a superpower-wielding storm: there's been bestiality, unlikely couplings and the surprising reveal (and then death) of masked future Simon. With all that's been going on, last night's fast-paced finale had a lot to live up to and while it satisfied our need for answers we were left feeling uncomfortably force-fed. Look away now if you're yet to watch the episode, we don't want to spoil it for you below.

It's customary for writers to give viewers occasional clues, but last night's slap-in-the-face hints just hurt. Curtis (Nathan Steward-Jarrett) might as well of winked at the camera when he uttered the words "I'm lactose intolerant"; from that point on everything could be pieced together. As expected, the ASBO five were all rescued by his time-travelling powers and convenient cheese allergy.

We knew mortal danger would be imminent this episode--future Simon already warned us of this--so, at first, our mind was boggling as to whom the killer could be. We wanted to piece the jigsaw together ourselves, but there were only two obvious choices: the milk man or the journalist. The game was disappointingly given away less than half-way through. The exact timing was used for the episode in which future Simon was unmasked, but unlike that well-honed instalment last night's finale lacked a satisfying reveal and asked few compelling questions.

There were enough amusing one-liners to hold our attention, but it was the physical comedy that made the finale worth watching despite the narrative shortcomings. The crippled man who fell over once healed; Nathan coaxing his diseased genitals into the healing girl's hands; and the original display of "lactocanesis" were all laugh-out-load (if cringe worthy) fun. The nod to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles also had our inner geek smiling.

The humour didn't stop us from feeling cheated, however. After a series long build-up, this episode didn't feel like a finale. Our final thoughts should be: "Wow, they've been outed, what will happen next?" Not: "Oh, is that it? Better go to bed". Every TV viewer wants to be smarter than the writer; to calculate the ending before it's happened. It's no fun when the answers are just handed to us. Admit it: you want bragging rights for figuring it all out! The good news is that the Christmas episode is much more satisfying. You can look forward to that on December 19 at 10pm on E4.

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Totally agree with the review. The build up of the Milk-Bender (great Superhero name) becoming slowly psychotic and deranged as he realised that nobody thought he was significant in this Post-Storm world was brilliant. You could tell that the last 10-15 minutes of the finale were going to be frantic and mind-blowingly good, yet that was all nullified with the revelation that Curtis was lactose intollerant. I appreciate that the producers had their hands tied pretty much (as had they let us know Curtis was allergic to dairy in an earlier episode, we would all be thinking "hang on, Curtis won't be affected by this anyway"), yet the arrival of the secret, literally 10 minutes before the show ended, was way too abrupt and it made me watch the last part of the show in a very miserable mood.
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Yeah, there was no need to have Curtis announce he was lactose intolerant while they were all eating pizza. It would have been much better to simply reveal it at the end, when he told Milk Boy. Another issue that wasn't mentioned in this review is that it makes little sense that Future Simon had video of a future that was nullified by Curtis. I'm re-watching the series and while seeing this episode again, it almost seemed as though the Simon who shows up at the hotel, kisses and holds the dead Alisha, puts his hood up and turns invisible without the head-shaking effect, and stands in from of Curtis, preventing him from being stabbed, was actually (a?) Future Simon. It's hard to justify this based on what eventually happens with Simon and Alisha, but it's cool to imagine that more went on with Super-Hoodie than what we saw on screen - and an alternate/unseen or even 3rd Simon opens the possibility that Simon was actually able to save a version of himself and Alisha apart from the ones that are stuck in the heartbreaking time-loop.
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I thought the xmas special was the season finale?
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This review is pretty bad. The milk man was awesome, (properley frightened the s**t out of us- pure evil!) nathan was hilarious as usual and the plot was a rollercoaster. Nathan blowing his brains out was great to watch and simon's revelation unfortunately unfolding was a pretty sick twist. The xmas episode on the other hand was rubbish, the characters were totally off and the cliffhanger was a bit predictable.

Peace x
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Once Simon travelled back in time a new time line running parallel to his original one is created therefore there is no need to the current Simon to return to the past. Come on guys this is time travel 101lol
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I quite liked the episode, it was so sad to see everyone dead, it was genius because death by dairy products sounds ridiculous on paper but it was so dramatic! I commend the writers.
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I totally agree with AdamQuigley1, it made smile when Nathan's response to Curtis' lactose intolerance was 'I didn't know that about you!' To me, this was a nod to the audience and we were meant to think 'how convenient.' I find it refreshing, rather than something like Smallville which always has it's revelations at the last moment, Misfits lets us in on the joke so we can just sit back and watch it unravel and still be surprised. There was some real moments of gold in this episode, like Kelly coming back to Nathan and his face just crumbling...it was heartbreaking.
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@obagol56 Ah yes, but future Simon did have a video of the Alisha interview in his loft room. @CrazyBarry It's all very confusing!
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The question is: have they changed the course of history? Here's why I ask it: Future Simon brought back a video of Alisha talking to the camera's about coming out with powers. But this has no longer happened... how is Simon going to go back without that video? Or is he going to take back the very one that is in the apartment, causing an infinite but paradoxical cycle? Hurts my head, the whole thing :)
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"We knew mortal danger would be imminent this episode--future Simon already warned us of this". Okay, I don't remember what future Simon actually said regarding this, however... Would this really have been what he was refering to? After all, the whole episode was made a bit void after Curtis rewound (is that a word? :S) time. So surely as far as Simon was concerned, those events never happened anyway. Therefore it could be assumed that future Simon couldn't have warned them about it. I think. Time-travel hurts my brain! :(
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Simon could (and would have) still warned Alisha about it, because Curtis told them all what happened. I have another theory, though (though it is completely non-canonical) that I posted above.
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Oh good. I'm glad the Christmas ep is better! This was a bit of a let down. AdamQuigley1, even Simon protecting him was obvious.
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"Curtis (Nathan Steward-Jarrett) might as well of winked at the camera when he uttered the words "I'm lactose intolerant"; from that point on everything could be pieced together."

That was the point. Misfits like to toy with its audience, so when Curtis said that line, it was meant to nullify the threat when the milk boy confronted him. That's why, immediately after Curtis smugly proclaims to the kid that he's lactose intolerant, the kid pulls out a knife and says, "Then maybe I'll just have to stab you instead."
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