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1 Apr 2013

A-Z Blogging Challenge: A is for ASBO Five

Today marks the first day of the A-Z blogging challenge.  The task for the month? Participants have to blog each day apart from Sunday, going through the letters of the alphabet.  I've never done this challenge before but a few blogging friends have and it looked really good.  Why not try it out this year? =D

To start off the challenge and keep with my Monday writing theme:

A is for the ASBO Five

If you watch Misfits you'll have been introduced to a right rowdy bunch of delinquents.  It's the Breakfast Club meets Community Service.  A small
From left to right: Curtis, Alisha, Nathan, Kelly, and Simon.  Photo Credit.
group who you probably think are the worst people on Earth to be given superpowers.

The Misfits crew are the most complex characters I've ever seen.  They've all done something wrong to get onto community service.  From pinching pick'n'mix to doing drugs.  The first two seasons introduce us to the first set of misfits: Nathan, Kelly, Alisha, Curtis, and Simon.  By far the best cast they've had so far.

Being struck by lightning was their life changing moment.  An event that managed to make aggressive chav Kelly into a girl with a heart of gold.  Awkward Simon into a hero.  Vain Alisha into giving respect.  Self-centered, rude Nathan into a loyal friend.  Former athlete Curtis to accept his past regrets and move on.

These are probably the most flawed people you have ever known.  They do wrong things, they're gobby, rude and can take advantage of their powers.  But it's their powers that set them aside from the truly evil people that can be around them.  Throughout season one and two they are faced with people who really abuse their powers to control people or cause harm.  And when they see themselves or other threatened they're ready to step in and help.

Their powers are linked to aspects of themselves that help them develop.  Curtis's power of going back in time is linked to his constant regret of past actions and wanting to change the past for disappointing himself and others around him.  He attempts to change the past and refuse the drugs that got him into trouble.  But he learns that his original path was better and accepts what happened.  Simon's invisibility is developed from his belief that he has always been ignored and forgotten about.  It allows him to control when he can be invisible and when he shouldn't be, learning to stand up for himself and speak up.  Kelly's telepathic abilities show us a hard as nails girl who really cares what people think of her and doesn't want to be stereotyped.  Alisha's vain and 'slutty' antics with men gave her the power of making anyone who touches her go into a sexual frenzy and want nothing but sex from her.  She abuses it to begin it but soon realises that she wants to be treated with more respect and in turn wants to give men and her relationships more respect.

Nathan's power of immortality comes from his inability to be affected by other people, a sort of 'invincibility' against people's harsh criticisms of him.  But funnily enough it's not Nathan's power that helps him develop which I loved.  He did it himself.  Becoming friends, facing enemies, and sharing a superpower secret helped Nathan develop friendships around him, even with Simon who he previously bullied which was what he really needed.  As his friendships grow so does his parental relationships, accepting his mother's current boyfriend and trying to patch things up with his absentee father.  He learns to care for the people around him, the only ones who will put up with him and he'll try and avenge anything bad that happens to them. 

You'll hate them.  You'll love them.  They have vices and strengths and the writers aren't afraid to give them unlikeable flaws.  The best example of rounded and developed characters that I've ever seen.

14 comments:

  1. I never really got into Misfits, although I've always wanted to - it's such a great idea.

    Kirsten
    http://www.shortstoryideas.net/a-z-challenge

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    1. When I saw trailers I never thought it would be my thing. I didn't like the characters so I passed on it. But then I tried out the first season and I loved it. It was hilarious, sensitive, insane, serious. Brilliant TV. I don't think the trailers did it justice. Got a lot of character development which I think it's the main strength.

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  2. Neat post! Blog hopping to some of the A to Z: Participants

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  3. I've heard of this series, but never knew what it was about. A very interesting take on the "superhero" idea, tying abilities to character strengths/flaws. I might have to check out a few episodes to see how the idea is executed.

    Of course, non-Brits might be confused as to what an ASBO or a "chav" are. In fact, these terms are fairly new to the UK dictionary such that I had to look them up! Chavs have been around for a long time. I knew chavs in school, so while the term is recent, the type is old.

    Great start to the challenge, Robin! All the best with the rest. :)

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    1. They're definitely not what you'd call typical superheroes. ;) Do have to warn you, it's graphic, got a lot of sexual scenes and references and their language can be foul. But what do you expect from a bunch of character's like these? It'll be interesting to see how Robert Sheehan's Nathan will do in the part of Simon (The Mortal Instruments)

      ASBO Five is actually what they're called at some point in the series. :) Maybe I'll do a post on British slang for this challenge. I recently read a book where a British character claimed they always called sausages 'bangers'. Never in my life have I ever heard anyone utter the word 'bangers' except for when they're referring to bangers and mash. And even then I've heard a lot of Brits just call it sausage and mash. Gonna have to do a bit of teaching here!

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    2. Warning duly noted, though it's British drama, so I kind of take that for granted. ;)

      Was the book written by an American? There are people over here who still think we/you call policemen "Bobbies"!!! When I was a kid, we might have called sausages "bangers" but usually for fun, and normally when talking about "bangers and mash." Does anyone outside of the East End of London talk that way anymore? Perhaps that explains it: Eastenders is quite popular over here. :)

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    3. It was.

      Haha, I hope they don't think we're all like Eastenders. Cockney and killing each other all the time!

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  4. I never managed to catch Misfits, you make me want to check it out. You have managed what the TV spots never did, great post. :)

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    1. It's awesome. :) Like I said previously these characters didn't seem like the type I'd watch or even like. But I really grew to care for them. Definitely worth a go. :)

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  5. I've never heard of this! Thanks for enlightening me :)

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    1. No problem. :) It's a great show. :)

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  6. I've heard of Misfits but never bothered to catch it. After reading your post, I just may have time make the time.

    Happy A-Z!

    Amanda from homevenn.com

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  7. It's worth having a go and seeing what you think of it. :)

    Happy A-Z too! =D

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