This year two of E4’s most loved and praised dramas drew to a close, both ending in very different styles.
For Skins, which ended earlier this year, their tactic was to finish with three final episodes, each focussing on an old character from the show’s seven year run. However Misfits, the fifth series of which has just ended, took a very different approach. For them the plan was to have one final series which built up to an end episode.
If the intention of either of these shows was to bow out on a high, then we’ve been treated to two excellent example of failure.
Only one out of Skins’ final episodes was even remotely entertaining (Effy’s one) and even that mostly contained dialogue-free scenes showing people wandering around offices, hospitals, flats and the occasional night club.
Even this however would have been better than the episode they chose to end on. The final episode focused on Cook, a character I always disliked due to his annoying voice and tendency to **** anything on two legs. The two-part episode showed Cook working for some drug lord and actually living quite and nice, quiet life. However Cook has to go and ruin it all by sleeping with the drug lord’s wife and then practically kidnapping her when he finds out he’s been rumbled. Most of the last half hour showed Cook and the girl wandering round a forest (which was surprisingly snowy for July) and hiding whilst the drug guy went around killing everybody.
These episodes did not at all do justice to Skins which has produced some fabulous storylines in its time. If the intention of the writers was to take three of its best loved characters, put them in unrealistic situations, ruin their lives and not even look back at the past whilst doing so, then they’ve achieved exactly what they wanted.
I do have a bit more praise for Misfits, however this doesn’t stretch very far. In fact the only way Series 5 can really be praised is to say that it was better than Series 4 which in turn is not at all hard. The series was laden with more story arcs than Doctor Who Series 6, most of which revolved around Rudy #2 hunting down people whose silhouettes he’s seen on a jumper.
That’s not to say that there weren’t any good episodes. There were a couple of great storylines thrown in there including a party marking the anniversary of the storm and also when we meet Rudy’s parents, one of whom is hiding an ominous secret. However, unsurprisingly, most of these were ended with the usual ‘stab u’m, problem over’ routine.
It was Misfit’s final episode that was the complete mockery. It contained some feeble plot about one of the main characters being sent forward in time where they meet the rest of the gang, who haven’t been doing anything with their lives and Rudy #2’s bunch of superheroes who have gone insane for no reason and now go around killing people. The episode seems to end when one of the main characters dies quite heroically but don’t forget, this is the future and none of it happened as Jess had the ability to go back in time and put it right.
Two great shows, both coming to completely pathetic ends. Please bring me some good drama or I think I might kill myself.