Misfits: The strange case of the ghost brother?

In this week’s edition of [[Misfits (TV Series)|Misfits]]: Nathan provides the UK viewing public with the most grotesque sun lotion application sequence in human history. Involving lots of cream and hairy arsecrack. I was dry heaving by the end of it.

Thankfully, a brother Nathan didn’t know that he had arrived to distract him. With their father in the boot of his car, Nathan and his new bro go boozing. “We’re like the Mitchell brothers, only we’re not bald, ugly and shit.”

Confession time: I’ve just jumped on board with Misfits, and I’m finding it a fairly strange mix. It’s like Hollyoaks+ASBOs+Superpowers. This gang of charmless unlovable outsiders confuse me – I need to pick up a box set and get up to speed!

Still, Nathan cracks me up every time with every crass outburst that falls out of his mouth. And in tonight’s episode, we see him dealing with his dysfunctional relationship with his father as he comes to terms with having a half-brother.

I loved how Nathan kept his powers a secret until after the barmaid caught fire in the car – then quipped about the “big reveal” to his brother. Of course, there was a further big reveal in the offing – his brother is dead and Nathan can see ghosts – something to do with his immortality.

The problem I had is that the fact of the brother being a ghost didn’t seem to work – how was Nathan’s father in the trunk? And how did the other ‘Misfits’ interact with him? It was the brother who handed out the drugs that sent them into some strange trippy sequences.

And on the subject of those sequences – all were very interesting in their own way, but ultimately they just felt like empty set-pieces. Experiments for later in the series, perhaps? The strangely suited freerunner plays his (or her) part yet again by saving Nathan (because Nathan’s immortality is reversed by being on drugs) and inexplicably leading the gang to a flat which belongs to the girl in Curtis’ vision. But if Curtis can manipulate time, perhaps that vision was from the future?

As a newbie viewer, I can say this – it’s a hell of a lot more entertaining than Heroes was! It’s an interesting study in giving super powers to disaffected teenagers and watching them fail to use their powers constructively AT ALL. I’m not sure if that’s the premise of the show, but it is an engaging show. (And I think that the entire first series is available on the Channel 4 website!)

The cast of Misfits are: Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Nathan (Robert Sheehan), Kelly (Lauren Socha), Alisha (Antonia Thomas) and Simon (Iwan Rheon)

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  1. Gizzeh Andrew

    Do you not understand Nathans Brother WASNT a ghost until he DIED.

    He died in the car explosion. >_> did you not understand that?

    The dad in boot and pills and everything that he interracted with was while he was alive.

    I lol’d.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      He died in the car explosion. >_> did you not understand that?

      No, I totally didn’t get that! What a muppet I am! Thanks for clearing that up – it makes a ton more sense now.

      Loved that scene at the end where he walked away with the barmaid and mouthed “I’m f*cking her” back to Nathan!

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