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December 14th, 2010

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03:45 pm - Misfits: this is how to do sex and violence
This is my third post about Misfits. I have now decided I really love the show. I am very excited about that because it's ages since I really liked any SF show, any British show, or any comedy show. All the shows I have enjoyed in the last few years have been mainstream American dramas like Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

So it's terrific for me to find a home-grown show, and low budget comedy/SF to boot, which is bloody fantastic. Though I must say my feeling is that like Breaking Bad it is becoming less comedic and more heart-breaking as it goes.

The second season has been even better than the first season I think. It's been more substantial, and the characters have gained depth. Misfits reminds me of Red Dwarf: the first season set up an interesting premise, which was enough to keep you watching, but it was only as the characterisation developed that it became something more than a clever idea. I think a third season is assured, and I am hopeful.

It took me a while to warm to the show because it has a style I am not used to: very in-your-face. For example, when two characters were mutually masturbating I tore my headphones off, because I really didn't like listening to the squelching sounds. Having said that, I thought the sexual shenanigans of season 2 were a great improvement, and what you see is fairly explicit, but also well integrated into the story. And not exploitative of women I thought. The big sex scene of 2.03 was very girl-positive I thought. And it got a strong positive reaction from girl fans. Crikey.

It's also quite violent. The character I like best, Simon, actually killed a woman and put her in a freezer, which is pretty far down my list of sympathetic actions, but again - well integrated into the show, makes sense in context. I am thinking now about why the sex and violence in this show isn't as risible as Torchwood. Perhaps I should be grateful to Torchwood for having gone where no man had gone before, and opening the way for someone to do it better. (sorry Torchwood fans).

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Date:December 14th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
I could be wrong, but I think there has been no full frontal nudity, no bare breasts, and no bare buttocks except for the men occasionally. But you don't notice it because of the explicit language and acting.
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Date:December 14th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Bare butts in: shower scene in 2x03 (through the glass) & most notably the recent one of NSJ/Curtis while thrusting in 2x05. We've also see Rob/Nathan's ass in both the granny episode 1x02 and miscellaneous clips - the suntan montage.

Bare breasts - the blonde actress in 1x02 & the older actress. Essentially boobies flying during the entire sex scene.

No full frontal...yet.
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Date:December 14th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
On the whole I think they have been more restrained about showing women's bodies than men's. That's just my impression. I find the same thing in Mad Men. I think it makes a nice change.

we saw a massive picture of a huge cock in the tattoo parlour. Actually I didn't realise what it was a picture of at first. With barbed wire tattooed on it. I think Nathan said 'whatever gets you off'.

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