Bit TV Review: Misfits (2009 – 2013)

I had heard many people comment on Misfits, and especially how good it is. I had never seen it prior as it never seemed interesting to me. I decided to give it a go and watch the first ever episode on Demand 4, and ended up binging the first series. The show began with a group of young offenders doing community service, and I thought that it would be a show in which these young offenders realise their mistakes and become a part of society, and everyone lives happily ever after. However, the show was nothing like I expected. Basically, through a mysterious event our characters find themselves with superhuman powers, although they are not the only ones.

The show features around five young offenders: Nathan, Simon, Kelly, Curtis and Aisha. Each of these characters have different backgrounds and fit into different cliques but they don’t all come together because they work out their differences and become best friends. They witness something and cover it ultimately forming a secret pact. The first series is about how they cover up the incident and keeping it a secret. Whilst the plot sounds serious, the show itself is funny and full of emotional and heartfelt moments. I didn’t even plan on watching the first episode but ended up getting hooked and binge watching the first season.

The cast are excellent, all show both comedic and dramatic qualities. It is shot to an incredible standard, the editing and the music are both brilliant as well. It’s a show that is hard to explain why, but it is addictive. I binged the entire boxset, and found myself asking ‘Why is it being rebooted?’. The original is brilliant and doesn’t need a needless reboot, so watch the original whilst you can.


TV Bit Review: GLOW (2017)

GLOW follows a group of young ladies, mostly aspiring actresses, who are cast as wannabe wrestlers attempting to give male wrestling a competition. The show debuts the entirety of its ten episodes on Netflix on the 23rd of June. It is led by Alison Brie, who plays Ruth Wilder, who is your typical struggling actress who yearns for a meaningful part. GLOW is based on the women’s wrestling show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which integrated wrestling with colourful characters. It has powerful women, and provides a strong message for women, that they are badass!

GLOW has a variety of interesting and engaging characters, the cliche sleazebag b-movie  director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), the spoilt rich girl who rebels Melrose (Jackie Tohn) and the Indian-American girl Arthie (Sunita Mani) who seems to be constantly studying. Despite these stereotypes, as the show progresses the characters begin to develop more round personalities and we see every possible depiction of women in every shape and form. It has a variety of women from different backgrounds and different sizes. Once, the characters become more familiar, and the stereotypes begin to become more blurry. By episode five, I found myself enjoying the show a lot more and even Alison Brie begins to annoy me less. Full of great 80s moments, such as slow motion walks with power ballads, pop culture references and montages with badass music.

I was disappointed in the beginning half of series, but mainly because of Brie who I was looking forward to seeing her in her first solo role as a main character. I felt that she let down the whole show, as her character was neurotic, needy and annoying. Brie is going in a direction that seems a typecast of the same recycled role. Her character in GLOW is extremely similar to her character in Community and How to Be Single just to name a few. Once Brie finds her wrestling persona, she becomes an entertaining character and more likable. Other than Brie’s character in the beginning, which is bearable by the end of the show, I did enjoy the series. I expected more comedy than drama, but the drama and the serious moments surrounding the rest of the cast, including the newly single mother drama with Betty Gilpin’s character Debbie Eagan, did make the show more heartfelt. The trailer advertised more of an 80s comedy, but the comedic moments were hit and miss for me.

I love films and shows set in the 80s, because I’m a sucker for the music. I was highly disappointed with the beginning half of the show, but by the end I found myself hoping for more. If you choose to watch GLOW, be patient. It gets good, but it takes a few episodes to establish itself. GLOW begins a solo story about Alison Brie, but moves towards an ensemble which is where it finds its niche. I would’ve preferred it beginning as an ensemble but I would definitely love a second series.