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Could Misfits Ever Make a Comeback With Series 6?

Is it too late to reunite the infamous asbo-five?

By Jord TuryPublished 4 years ago 4 min read

Well, it's been seven years since we saw the closing chapter of our beloved Misfits and their unorthodox adventures, and now more than ever, people are still asking the question: will there ever be a sixth instalment to the drama series? Well, let's take it back a little and focus on some of the ending sequences to the fifth series. From there, you might just make your own call on whether another round is even worthy of our precious time or not.

So, where did we last see the jumpsuit gang? What happened in the final moments before the series went dark and bowed out without warning? Well, for starters, the fifth series of Misfits didn't show any major signs of closure during the final episodes. In fact, we were strung on to believe that the stage was being set for an explosive return with the famous asbos turning into true superheroes (you know, like most characters fantasized about for the majority of the show). But then, the curtain was suddenly pulled, and the stage was dismantled within seconds. The sixth season talks faded, and Misfits officially capsized.

So, what went wrong? Surely, something must've happened in order for the shows creator, Howard Overman, to pull the plug? Or, maybe it was just a timely demise that was only due to the decline in ratings and not-so charming character shifts.

It's a pretty well-known fact that Nathan Young (Robert Sheehan) was the true scene-stealer for the first two series. Of course, being accompanied by an all-round, suited and booted cast that packed a punch, viewers were immediately hooked from the getgo. But, like all good rotas, our heartstrings were pulled when the cast abruptly started leaving the show for higher tides. And, by the third season finale, we were left waving our goodbyes to eighty-percent of the original line-up.

That, sadly, is the day Misfits started to die.

Trying to regain our spirit with a fourth series, Misifts flew back in with a gang of fresh blood. Only, the newly introduced powers weren't anywhere near as intriguing, and, our attention spans soon sizzled out with slightly predictable storylines. Oh, and of course, having half a season based on Alex ("from the bar") trying to find his missing cock. Now that, to most, sort of felt like the minds behind the Misfits were running short on ideas.

Sadly, even with the loveable lead, Rudy – viewers just weren't that hooked. This meant that figures for the view count started to die, and what went from a 1.5 million average, slowly sludged into 700k at most. So, with that, show creator, Howard Overman, had little choice but to return to the drawing board and devise a plan to regain the hearts of the Misfits community.

...That's when the official Misfits movie was announced.

That's right – a movie.

It sort of sounds like a dream come true for most Misfits followers, doesn't it? Well, for a while, viewers were led to believe that a movie was in fact in the works and in early stages of development. With Overman confirming the news and stating that an initial draft for the script was completed, the chances of putting the dream to the slate were higher than ever.

But, it was clearly not meant to be. Cast members were off finding their feet in new and exciting territories across the globe, and the calanders just weren't synchronizing. Robert Sheehan (Nathan) found stardom amongst The Umbrella Academy, Iwan Rheon (Simon) captured the spotlight in his devilish portrayal of Ramsay in Game of Thrones, and the remainder of the cast turned to other projects, both inside and out of television. This, unfortunately, led to the movie being cast on the backburner for the foreseeable future.

Antonia Thomas (Alisha) said during an interview in 2014:

"There was all sorts of talk about it. We read scripts and I think it's now not happening, I haven't heard anything. I think it's just difficult to get everybody together. Everybody is doing such different things. Maybe they think everybody has moved on, I don't know. You never say never but I have not heard anything of it of late."

So, there we have it. Misfits: The Movie, faded out, and we haven't heard anything since.

It wouldn't be impossible to recapture the spark that once ignited the UK way back in 2009. There is still a great amount of potential in the unique series and a lot of routes that creators can explore. There are an infinite amount of powers that can be soaked up and portrayed. There are endless amounts of community service hours that can be slumped down onto the shoulders of new teens. There are adventures to be had – and it's still possible that Misfits might make a comeback with a sixth chapter.

Of course, a lot would need changing if Misfits were to return to our screens. One would be a major shift in cheap and predictable storylines. Where the first two seasons were crammed to the brim with grit and drama, the following three just dropped the edge that made the show a BAFTA winner back in 2010. If that can be fixed, and a new rota of captivating characters can be introduced to the fold – then Misfits has a strong chance at clawing their ways back up to the podium.

So, is it too late to reunite the asbo-five? Should we see our beloved Misfits try and make up for that lowsy "jumper posse" sub-plot that made most viewers cringe in series five? What do you think?

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About the Creator

Jord Tury

Just a regular guy living in the West Midlands, UK.

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