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It was out with the old and in with the new in with tonight’s Misfits series 4 premiere as two new characters donned the orange jumpsuits – but can you teach new dogs old tricks?

If the absence of Nathan (played by Robert Sheehan) and coming of Rudy (Joeseph Gilgun) was a shock at the start of last year’s run, then the seismic shift in cast, characters and content at the start of series 4 was a hailstorm of change. Not only were fan favorite couple Simon (Iwan Rheon) and Alisha (Antonia Thomas) missing from the line-up, but so was Kelly (Lauren Socha, whose departure was announced the same week that the actress was charged with racially aggravated assault) – leaving Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) as the only original character still present for the fourth series.

So, how do the writers of Misfits bring life to an ensemble show with a rapidly diminishing cast? Well, they bring back power dealer and Kelly’s ex-boyfriend Seth (Matthew McNulty) as a series regular and add three new characters to the mix – Jess (Karla Crome), Finn (Nathan McMullen) and Alex (Matt Stokoe).

The series 4 premiere was very much centered on the new additions to the cast, as Finn and Jess’s community service is interrupted by a mysterious man holding a briefcase of powers – opening their eyes to the supernatural and forcing them to look beyond their life of cleaning graffiti.

Though there were elements of the episode which stayed true to the show’s roots, Misfits certainly proved itself as a television institution unafraid of change. But did it work? What did you think of the new characters, and the actors that portrayed them? Do you miss Kelly, Simon, Alisha and Nathan or are you enjoying the new direction? How well do you think the writers handled the show’s dramatic change?

We want to hear all your thoughts on the series 4 premiere, so join the debate in the comments below!

  • Tom

    LOL that you posted this early by mistake, so you clearly wrote it all before you watched it. Or did you see some sort of preview screening?

    • Dennis

      It premiered in the UK, and just ended about 15 minutes ago.

      • Tom

        Hypable originally posted this a couple of hours ago, but quickly took it down.

  • SuperHoodie

    It was…meh. I’m not one of those people who wont watch it just because a favorite character left. I was genuinely excited. It was okay. It was strange. It wasn’t all that funny. It lacked the “misfits” feel.

  • ravenclaw1991

    It was good, but it could’ve been better. Not enough powers.. And I thought there was supposed to be more new characters than just Finn and Jess. I do like Finn and Jess’ powers though, we need to see more of them. It really did lack that “Misfits feel” but hopefully it gets better. I was confused at the end because my livestream cut out right at the end and I missed it so I don’t know how it ended. :( I have to see it again. I think it would’ve been better if there was a different premiere episode, this one was a bit weird.

  • http://twitter.com/janine_jks janine JK’S ϟ

    i really miss nathan and barry =’(

  • chrismarieee

    personally loved it, it felt very misfits-y even with all the changes. and there were some really great moments. sure, it wasn’t the best episode by far, but it was still a strong start considering everything. It put me in the best mood, as always.

    • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

      I agree 100%. I thought it was a fairly strong season opener (especially considering they had to introduce new characters). The chemistry is still there. I really didn’t feel like it lack in the Misfits-feel like some people are talking about…dunno…

      Looking forward to the rest of the season!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

    I enjoyed it! Obviously I miss the original cast (and Curtis was my least favorite of the 5), but the new characters were entertaining and the plot is still ridiculous as always :)

  • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

    I love Rudy so freaking much!

  • nikkodemus

    best frigging episode ever. probably due to my low expectations but at the end of the episode i was like? no simon, so what?
    it’s the writing that i like about misfits, and the characterizations (more than the characters themselves).

    That premiere was a work of art!

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