'Misfits': Episode four recap
Published Nov 20 2011, 23:30 GMT | By Catriona Wightman
Don't ever accuse Misfits
of not being ambitious enough. Not only did this week's episode include time travel, an alternate universe and Hitler
, but it also dealt with some difficult moral questions - is it ever right to kill for the greater good? Is obeying orders to keep yourself safe the right thing to do - even when those orders might involve hurting others? That's without even mentioning the action, humour, and emotion that we've come to love in Misfits
We opened the episode with Friedrich Hirsch, an elderly man who was born in 1935 Berlin - and saved by false papers. But his parents weren't so lucky and were killed in the concentration camps. Friedrich doesn't just want to avenge his parents' deaths; he's also feeling cripplingly guilty about never standing up to Hitler or the Nazis ("I smiled and I saluted and I did nothing as everyone I knew was murdered").
This opening was breathtaking. Not only was it beautifully filmed - almost like a movie - but the emotion was pouring out of the screen. Anyway, Friedrich writes a letter explaining his plans - he's going to travel back in time and kill Hitler. He lays some flowers at a war memorial, and then shoots back in time - we see the passage of time in his eyes.
Friedrich tries to stab Hitler - to a rousing rendition of the Misfits
score - but Hitler can easily overpower an old man. He stabs Friedrich, and then finds his mobile phone. As Friedrich hurtles back to the future, we see in his eyes the newspaper headline: "Nazi leap in technology". Yes, the mobile phone Friedrich dropped is what won the war for the Nazis.
Back in the present, we're soon presented to the alternate world - and it's genuinely quite horrifying. Swastikas, guards, a Hitler statue in place of the memorial, dogs searching a car - and finding Seth in the boot. It's not long before Friedrich's arrested, too.
We get a pretty quick update on our Misfits - Kelly's the only one in community service (if that's what it is, rather than just being a general dogsbody), and Gary - who died in the show's first ever episode - hasn't been killed and is working with her in one of the Nazi jails.
Simon's a Nazi guard, while Alisha's in an unhappy relationship with Sean (now a Nazi officer). And Curtis is working in the bar, still (I wonder if he avoided community service because he was never given the chance to run in the first place?)
We also learn that the Nazis are rounding up everyone with powers - and Seth's going to help them, whether he likes it or not. They force him to check whether people have powers and, if they do, to take them away - the Nazis want them for themselves. Kelly watches this, and then rushes off to tell Curtis everything - they're in the Resistance movement together. Curtis asks Kelly to poison Seth's food, introducing one of the show's biggest dilemmas.
Speaking of Seth, he's a bit concerned about his fellow prisoner Friedrich, as is Simon - he thinks Friedrich's stab wound is infected. He admits that he was conscripted to the Nazis, rather than joining out of choice, and promises to do what he can for Friedrich. He sneaks into a medical room to steal some pills for the ailing man, but Alisha finds him. She's basically on his side, though, and when Sean arrives, she covers for Simon.
Later, Alisha and Simon go out for a fake cigarette break - the air crackles with the chemistry between them. It's such a shivery moment. Alisha admits she's only with Sean because she was caught drink driving and could have been sent to jail - Sean got the charges dropped. Simon takes her shoulder and says they all do what they can to survive. Stunning.
Meanwhile, after a close shave when the Nazis arrive at his flat, Rudy wants to join the Resistance. Unfortunately, Curtis is feeling a little paranoid, so when Rudy enquires about the movement, he ends up with a gun pointed at his head. Still, all he has to do is prove he has a power...
Time to meet another Nazi - the practically-white-cat-stroking Captain Smith (Glenn Speers). He wants a power, so he goes to meet Seth and takes that "freezing" ability - which he immediately uses to kill poor old Gary. Oh Gary, you don't get the best luck, do you, love? It's enough for Kelly, who takes the poison from her locker and spikes Seth's food.
The only problem is that when she takes it to him, she finds him hanging - and she has to pull him down. Curtis is not impressed - she could have let him die, problem solved - but Kelly explains that she now knows Seth is on their side. He would rather commit suicide than help the Nazis, after all. And when Kelly hears that the Nazis are planning to relocate Seth to a more luxurious prison - to stop him, you know, killing himself - she comes up with a plan.
When Seth is driven away, they ambush the car and Sean - being a bit uncaring about everything - just walks off. They hide Seth in the bar, but Smith is not impressed that they've lost him and orders Sean to tear up the estate until they find him. Kelly and Seth spend a night having a heart to heart, and Kelly apologises for almost killing him.
But in the morning, the Nazis raid the bar - and even Rudy pretending he's Curtis's gay lover and then hurriedly taking it back when he realises that homosexuality is illegal can't stop them. Kelly and Seth hide in a hole under the floorboards, but Sean finds them. When Seth rushes for Sean's gun, Kelly gets away - but everyone else is taken to the prison.
Later, Sean finally gets around to reading the letter found with Friedrich, while Friedrich wakes up and fills his fellow prisoner Seth in on his failed plan. He urges Seth to take the power and fix everything, but Sean has shown Smith the letter and they're on the move. They want Seth to give Friedrich back the time travel power - so it dies with him - but Seth refuses.
So Smith orders Simon to shoot Friedrich, but Simon just can't do it. He raises his gun, flicks the safety - I was begging him to turn and shoot Sean and Smith, but he doesn't. Instead, Friedrich is suddenly shot and killed. My hand flew to my mouth in shock, but it turns out that Smith was the one to pull the trigger. Curtis is pulled out of his cell and Seth is forced to transfer the power to him - and then Smith shoots Curtis again and again and again until he's very dead.
Simon is devastated about Friedrich, but Alisha reassures him - there's nothing he could have done (another interesting question to ask). And they kiss! Meanwhile, Kelly's turned up at the community centre and she is badass
. She shoots her way through before capturing Sean. She wants to set all the prisoners free, and Alisha and Simon offer to help - Simon ripping off his swastika symbol. It's almost like after their kiss, Alisha and Simon are feeling brave. They've broken the rules already.
Seth fills in Kelly on Friedrich's story, but before long Seth and some more Nazis are after them. It's not long before there's a shoot-out, and Seth is hit. He desperately transfers the time-travel power to Kelly with a kiss, urging her to get the phone. Then he dies, and though we know it's not permanent it's still so sad. But time for Kelly to go back in time!
She is BRILLIANT. Lauren Socha
was fantastic in this scene - headbutting Hitler, asking why he's "such a d**k", and kicking him a couple of times for good measure. Amazing.
That's all she needs to do - she speeds back to the future, where Friedrich is laying flowers at the war memorial. Oh, and she fills Seth in on her little adventure, too - he's keen to know if they had sex, and she tells him their kiss was "alright". It's a surprisingly sweet little chat between them and then Kelly asks him to get rid of her time travel power - she wouldn't mind being a rocket scientist again, you know.
So there you go. Kelly looks at Sean funnily, unsurprisingly. And the rest of the gang don't know how to react when she tells them what she's been up to. This was another brilliant episode of Misfits
- daring, risky, inventive, funny, emotional, and actually, quite subtle. I continue to be impressed by this show week after week - can't wait to see what's next.Miscellaneous Misfits
What did you think of the episode? Let us know below!
- I have to praise Misfits for taking a throwaway line in the Christmas special and making it into a storyline. Now that is continuity.
- Hurrah for Misfits continuity part two - Josef Altin coming back to reprise his role as Gary. This is the kind of attention to detail that makes Misfits special. Gary hasn't been in the show since episode one - it would have been so easy to just draft some new actor in. But Misfits does things properly.
- The mobile phone. Ridiculous, but not nonsensical - and it's fun. It's also the butterfly effect thing - this is why we should not go back in time.
- "F**king Nazis." I laughed out loud.
- I love that even as a Nazi officer, Sean was so darn lazy about everything. My favourite bit was when Simon came in to do the salute and he couldn't be bothered to do it back.
- Mind you, Sean still managed to be horribly gross this week. Patting Alisha's bum? Talking about the effect he has on women? Yeurgh.
- "Now then, that's like the story of the tortoise and the hare, eh? Or is it the owl and the pussycat? Something about a lion and a dog. Two in the hand is worth one in the bush, isn't it?" Rudy's ramblings are incredible.
- I almost yelled at the screen: "NO, SIMON, DON'T BE A NAZI." I suppose it would have been braver for the show to make Simon a fully committed member of the organisation, but a) It wouldn't have fit with his character, and b) I couldn't have coped. This way, we got Simon dealing with some moral dilemmas, and he still got to be the good guy in the end.
- "Killing someone? To me, that's f**king personal."
- Sure, Curtis was on the side of the goodies, but he was pretty ruthless, wasn't he?
- "I am sure they're dying to get involved. Last time Dad seen you, he called you a 'little c***'." Emo-Rudy makes me giggle. Also: Rudy's face when he opened the door to the Nazis was just perfection.
- "I could get him a prostitute." "I think it might take a little bit more than that." "Two prostitutes?"
- Yes, there was humour in this episode of Misfits but it was also really quite dark and tense. The attempted suicide, the introduction to the Nazi world, the constant threat. Chilling.
- On a lighter note, Kelly feeding Seth jelly and ice cream was really sweet.
- Loved one of the Rudys not being able to work his gun, and also the two Rudys sitting either side of Sean in the car. It was just a good image.
- "I'm very agile. Like a cat."
- I could see that Rudy would pretend Curtis was his boyfriend during the raid, and it annoyed me because I knew that the Nazis weren't too happy about homosexuality. Oh, Misfits, how could I ever doubt you? In fact, it turned into another wonderful Rudy-ramble.
- This episode did the tension brilliantly. I think the most edge-of-the-seat moment had to be when Kelly and Seth hid - Kelly's eye looking through the floorboards, Sean finding that fateful creak, the fear that he would just empty his gun into the floor.
- "Can you shoot him again?" "After we're done with him you can do what you like."
- Who says Kelly isn't smart (rocket scientist apart)? Pretending a drinks can was a grenade was pretty quick-thinking.
- Only one way to end this recap: "I've just been fighting f**king Nazis and kicking the s**t out of Hitler." And grin, and leave.