Misfits: Season One

August 2, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A group of troubled teens has been sentenced to community service, which seems like a dull chore, but it will turn out to change their lives forever. As the teens fulfill their obligations, a freak electrical storm strikes in their town and the group is caught within the chaos. While the storm was vicious, the teens were able to escape with not only no serious injuries, but some remarkable changes. The storm changed the teens in strange ways, giving them each a unique superpower of sorts, one that is tied into their inner fears. Even with the new powers, the teens just want to get their debt to society paid off and survive the trials & tribulations of their lives, but that won’t be all they’ll face. An evil looms over their town and with their newfound abilities, the group is perhaps the lone line of defense. As the teens battle the issues of parents, sex, and other relationships, they’ll also be confronted by a dangerous evil, but can they rise to the occasion?

As Misfits was promoted as a blend of Heroes and Buffy, I knew about what to expect from this British import. While Misfits might share common elements with those shows, it is by no means a knock off. The show’s premise is a well worn one, with normal people being given mystical powers, but the rest of Misfits rises above that concept. I was impressed with the show’s writing, as the stories are well constructed and dialogue is sharp. Even smaller arcs are well detailed and developed, which is remarkable and not a common thing in television shows. The dialogue is humorous and smart, with some good characters to work from and a cast that makes the most of the potential of their roles. This first season was a great launching point for Misfits, with ground work laid and a world of potential for future seasons. So if you’re a fan of well written, well performed television, Misfits: Season One is a release you will not want to miss out on.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The show looks terrific in this presentation. The visuals are clean, with a bright and well detailed presence. While this isn’t going to compete with an HD version, the visuals show good depth and fine detail looks passable. I found colors to be bright and as I remembered from broadcast, while contrast is great, even in the darkest of scenes. So in the end, Misfits gets a proper visual treatment here.

Audio: How does it sound?

The soundtrack is basic and unremarkable. The series doesn’t need explosive audio, but I would have liked a more responsive surround mix here. The music sounds good, but doesn’t envelop the speakers like it could, while sound effects are fine, though not memorable. The dialogue sounds good, with crisp vocals and no errors I could find. The show sounds fine, don’t get me wrong, I just expected a little more from this material. This release also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The supplements here includes cast & crew interviews, a promotional featurettes, and Simon’s Films.

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