Misfits Season 2, Episode 4 Review: Incompetent X-Men

Misfits S02E04: “Four”

The newest addition to the ASBO gang, Ollie, may have been cut down in his prime, but his superpower lives on in Nikki, so that’s a win for Curtis’s love life at least. Apparently powers can be acquired through organ transplants, as long as the donor was one of the numerous Londoners affected by the storm, like Ollie and his power to teleport.

Ollie found himself unceremoniously murdered by one of the oddest Misfits villain to date, mostly because we received no explanation about why he seemed to think that he was living a video game, right down to seeing the world in 3-D rendered glory. Crappy superpower? Drugs? Mental illness? Who knows. I personally went with crappy superpower because, well, more often than not that’s the way Misfits baddies work. Besides, his hallucinations were so vivid and extreme that anything less than superpowered storm action would be kind of a letdown.

After witnessing Ollie’s execution, Alisha confronted Super Simon about why he didn’t stop the murder if he knew it was going to happen—a fact that he admitted to. He said that if he had saved Ollie, someone else would have died instead. It was apparent that he meant Nikki, the recipient of organ donor Ollie’s heart, but judging by Super Simon’s ultimate endgame, I don’t think it's out of the question that he could have been referring to Alisha as well.

Present-day Simon continued to make strides toward becoming his badass future self. He voiced a desire to go after crazy hallucinating Tim in order to avenge Ollie—a pretty grand gesture considering no one in the group really knew Ollie beyond their awkward introductions. When Tim kidnapped Kelly, Simon played an integral role in the rescue effort, using his invisibility—which he’s developed some impressive control over—to rob an armored car for the ransom money. Outside of the mortal peril matters, when the gang debated whether or not to tell Ollie about their powers and discussed what to do with him if he discovered them, Simon joked, “Kill him,” which amused everyone except Nathan, who feared losing his funnyman status to Simon as Simon crept out of his “weird little shell.”

All of these nods toward Simon’s eventual identity were needed to bridge the two individuals. Alisha struggled with thinking of Future Simon and Present Simon as the same person, which made Future Simon’s sacrifice, when he leaped in front of Tim’s bullet, all the more devastating. As he died, Future Simon consoled Alisha by reminding her that in a way, he’s still alive for her. Alisha argued that it wasn't the same (it wasn't), but Super Simon assured her that Present Simon would evolve and flourish as Alisha fell in love with him. He would become his future self because of her.

That’s touching (and yes, the Las Vegas picture down in the Hoodie Cave brought a bittersweet smile to my face), but it also raises a few questions:

1. Is it really a positive thing for Simon to become Super Hoodie? I mean, it eventually gets him killed.

2. If Simon went back in time to save Alisha, and succeeded, does that mean that there’s a Future Alisha mourning his absence?

3. If there isn’t a Future Alish, then where is she? Does she die regardless, in some other way?

4. Or is it an alternate-timeline deal? Simon came back to save Alisha because her death at Tim’s hand destroyed him to the point that he became Super Hoodie. By saving her, he ensures their future together will happen and be awesome.

5. Or will it? If it was Alisha’s death that motivated Simon to become Super Hoodie, and she doesn’t die, then doesn’t he theoretically avoid becoming Super Hoodie?

6. And if he doesn’t become Super Hoodie, and it was Super Hoodie whom Alisha loved, then how does everyone live happily ever after?

Whew. Enjoy those mental gymnastics.

Meanwhile, Nikki and Curtis made a great deal of progress in their own relationship. Curtis and Alisha ended things amicably, content with their respective partners. Nikki discovered her teleportation powers in the hospital as she recovered from her heart transplant, when thoughts about who her donor was zapped her straight to the morgue where Ollie’s body rested. Freaked, she begged her doctor for another heart, but they don’t just give those things away, so she was basically stuck with Ollie's. An encounter with Curtis at Ollie’s memorial had her spilling the beans about her weird new ability, which in turn inspired him to share his own secret power with her. It was a surprisingly drama-free affair and Nikki dove right into being a “misfit” when Tim ended up taking all of them hostage after their attempted rescue of Kelly fell apart.

My gosh, they’re really the worst super team ever, aren’t they? I say that with love, but seriously, there was one Tim and four of them, and of the four of them, one of them possesses the ability to go invisible and one of them is immortal. Honestly, even just throwing Alisha at him and having her grab his arm would have probably provided enough distraction for someone to take his gun away. It kind of makes me extra bummed about Super Hoodie’s death just because if you think about it, there’s really no reason why the group, eventually totalling SIX super-powered individuals, should have been overpowered by a single crazy dude, requiring Hoodie to step in and take a bullet for Alisha. Bad form, you guys. Bad form.


Are we sad to see Super Hoodie go? Was it a worthy sacrifice, or should the rest of the gang have been more capable of holding their own? I mean, it was SIX to ONE.

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Just checking in. Are reviews of the rest of the October episodes coming or are the Misfits reviews DOA? Thanks,
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An entertaining enough episode on its own but the overall plot made absolutely no sense to me.



The three biggest flaws for me were: 1) how useless the team was; 2) Simon's death which makes no sense whatsoever; and 3) the inability of the writers to write relationships.



First, I agree with MaryAnn that the gang should have been more capable of holding their own. The team was extraordinarily useless. Maybe that is a special collective storm power? A group of super heroes can't overcome one guy with a no powers? If anything the video game thing should make him less challenging since he is basically nuts. A regular group of people probably could have figured out how to distract him and whack him in the head with a pipe.



Second, future Simon's death is nonsense. It was not a worthy sacrifice. I can't get into all the reasons why it is not only nonsense but also a pretty strong indication of emotional and mental instability (future Simon is actually not much more evolved than "hanging out next to a freezer with a frozen woman that I killed" Simon).

In terms of just plain nonsense though, it is a pointless death for at least 3 reasons. First, he knew what was going to happen so he could have stopped it without dying. I get that he thinks he needs to die in order for past Simon to have a relationship with Alisha but that is stalker level crazy. Second, even assuming he needs to "die" there is no reason he can't set it up to look like he is dead instead. Alisha just needs to think he is dead so she'll move on (back?) to past Simon. Finally, even if he had to die (and he didn't) there is a lot of stuff he should have been telling people about the future, which would not have interfered (in a negative way) with his relationship with Alisha. Knowing what I know about Season 3, his death is even harder to justify. Simon is not a hero, he is just really damaged.



Finally, the way Curtis and Alisha break up is typical for the show. Bascially over the course of 45 minutes people who are supposedly in love just lose interest and move on to other people. I don't have a problem with that in theory if it is intentional but with this show my sense is the writers have no capacity to actually write about any kind of real emotional connection. So there is typically no real emotional consequence to anything that happens, including characters being in love, falling out of love, falling in love with someone else. It is a problem that just gets worse and worse as the show goes on and people should have some emotional growth (or at least baggage).



This episode is where the microcosm starts to spin out of control. The writers have to get the characters into increasingly irrational situations with increasingly irrational conduct to try and squeeze things into a fixed outcome. If I didn't know what was coming I probably would give the show the benefit of the doubt and assume there is a good explanation for what seems like nonsense... but knowing what I know I can say that (for me at least) this is where things really start to go off the rails.
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Bane the reason he dies there makes perfect sense. You're trying to see F!Simon as a different person that Simon. When you say he hasn't evolved past the guy "hanging out next to a freezer with a frozen woman that I killed" you say that like it's a bad thing. It's not good or bad. It's just consistent. Simon's always walked the line between sweet and creepy, and he never stops. Simon is still a big ol' sweet stalker that looks out for his friends behind the scenes. Superhoodie is just Simon on a much larger scale.



HIs death there preserves the timeline and locks all future events. He let's himself be killed there to perserve the course of the future. Good and bad. Jamie's death in 2x02 insures that Nathan reconnects with his father. Ollie's death in 2x04 insures that Nikki survives that moment and she's there to set off another future chain of events. Everything is interconnected. Simon is just OCD enough to keep it all in place. When F!Simon says, "Alot happens between now and then." you can tell by his expression that he's not happy about all of it. But everyones live is made of good and bad moments. The bad isn't always negated by the good, but the reverse is true, the good isn't always negated by the bad.



Personally I loved Curtis and Alisha's breakup. It fit both their personalities and I liked that they managed to stay civil with each other. They never stopped being friends, they just moved on.



Knowing everything I know about the series to date, I say the writers did an amazing job setting up the story. You just have to pay attention to the right things. How the events F!Simon set in motion set up future events. I see everything that happens as tribute to Simon's love for Alisha and his friends and the life he lived with them. There is an order to the chaos that I find beautiful. Simon is badass.



This contains spoilers for series 1-3. and how it all fitting together.:



Let's Start a Riot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeczisI0lM4
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dawwww, nothing written about the awesome music of this episode :))
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I was a worthy sacrifice in the part of Super Hoodie. On the other hand, it was a pretty pathetic job in the part of our ASBO 5 crew. That said, I can't say that I'm completely surprised with it, and as the misfit bunch that they've been, their actions in this episode still make complete sense to me. Awesome episode on the whole (also, how hilarious that they essentially lost to a guy who thinks he's playing the newest version of "Grand Theft Auto"), and I still am loving the ride of this show. It's such a focused show and I really love the entire microcosm of it all. Awesome.
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Since I come from your future, I know the answers to all those questions.
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ANSWERS: Season 3
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I always thought a great point in this episode - not mentioned above - was Nathan's offering to sacrifice himself for the group. Yeah, he took some persuading and needling, but when push came to shove, he did volunteer himself for be chainsaw'd so everyone else could be safe and get away. I thought that was pretty epic in his development and evolution. Yeah, he's immortal, but that is an especially brutal and painful death to be willing to put yourself through.
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That's true. I was actually surprised that he eventually agreed to it at all. I guess I was just so caught up in my frustration over the fact that between all of them they shouldn't have been in that situation to begin with. :/
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That sounds easily done. I guess I went the other way on the scale (making me your alternate version; I watch too much Fringe) and was too surprised and impressed with that development, that it helped alleviate any such frustration. It was rather contrived, but I guess if they were able to think logically like that, work together on some kind of solution, and use their powers in a more decisive way to overcome the enemy..... It'd be called Heroes and not Misfits.



And we all know how that turned out. :-/
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I still don't understand the picture form Vagas. I've seen every episode from all three seasons and SPOILER Alisha dies and Simon goes back in time before they ever go to Vegas, so where did the picture come from? Simon took it back with him but where did it come from originally? They still haven't made it clear and likely never will.
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You can't have been watching clearly. In the first episode of season three, the picture is very much explained. I don't see why you needed to spoil major things such as Alicia and Future Simon to bring up that quibble, though.
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