11 August 2011"The Misfits:" British superheroes just want to be teens
Who among us has never wished for superpowers: the ability to read minds, turn invisible, make yourself irresistible to the opposite sex, or fly? That fantasy plays into a very human desire to stand out and be better than the common man. It's not exactly a new concept, either; one only needs to look at America's history of comic books (or, more recently, comic book movies) to see that given the choice, most of us would take great powers and deal with the great responsibility later.
Not so for "The Misfits," a British comedy-drama about to begin its 3rd season on the E4 network. The five teen protagonists are neither heroes nor antiheroes: They are "troubled youths" hit by lightning while performing community service. And they spend most of their time hiding their newfound abilities, wishing they'd just go away. They're mistrusted by the authorities and have less desire to save the world than to save their own crumbling relationships. "Misfits" feels less like a superhero show than an episode of the original "Skins" -- if Tony were immortal and talked to the dead and Sid could turn back time whenever he screwed up.
With both seasons of "Misfits" now available on Hulu, there's never been a better time to catch up on these anti-"Heroes" as they stumble through life and love, burdened by powers they never asked for and would do almost anything to rid themselves of.
I spoke to series creator Howard Overman about British teenagers, emotional alienation and the country's inferiority complex about American superheroes.( interview under the cutCollapse )