"Misfits"...You Have My Attention

It's a shame Britain's racial problems are so similar to those of America's, but I maintain...when it comes to doing BW/WM in fictional media, nobody does it like the Brits.

Iwan Rheon & Antonia Thomas as "Simon" and "Alisha"
A while back, it was suggested that I start watching Misfits (2009) because some folks were intrigued by Alisha's superpower of sending anyone who touches her into a sexual frenzy.  The idea of the black woman being considered the sexy, constantly desired one (even before she gets her superpower) really threw fans for a loop.

Granted she's a light-skinned, light-haired black woman, but as you can see above, she's clearly Negro and that's all that matters.

I've been watching this show all day and I find it amusing and entertaining as hell.  I wasn't expecting this pairing (initially I thought she'd be paired with Robert Sheehan) but I've come to realize this pairing is brilliant, the chemistry is nothing short of jaw-dropping, Iwan Rheon is an actor to watch for, and besides...I'd rather see Robert Sheehan in the arms of Jonathan Rhys Meyers a man for some reason.  *shrugs*  But that's just me.

I'm actually quite curious to see where this series goes and how well the writers continue to handle Alisha.  I hope we get some more back story because as it stands, we don't know much and what we do know is, ahem, "questionable."

Misfits is for mature audiences only, which means they don't skimp on the sex scenes.  Interested parties can watch the series on Hulu, YouTube, and IMDB.  Patrons interested in skipping to the Simon/Alisha action, however, need only grab a seat at the bar.



Being a wise and vigilant Pygmy, I'm deliberately avoiding this show's fandom. But with this show being renewed for a third season and Merlin being renewed for a fourth season...tsk, tsk. Hollywhite has a lot of catching up to do. It may as well just grant permanent visas to Tom Felton, Iwan Rheon, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Robert Sheehan, and Stuart Townsend, place them opposite the likes of Nicole Beharie, Jill Marie Jones, Bianca Lawson, Lauryn Hill, and Rutina Wesley...and call it a day.

Can I get an "Amen"?

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  1. You have no idea how much i love this show and Merlin. I am glad you started watching it. unfortunately Robert Sheehan is not returning to the show which sucks but oh well, as long as Simon and Alisha are there im good.

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  2. By the way, the episode where Nathan (Robert Sheehan) "goes gay" because of another's superpower, he helps confirm something I've always believed: hetero couples need to relinquish whatever claim they think they have to "Careless Whisper" - it is No Way a hetero love song. It's a song one man sings to another. Hell...it's the homosexual man's anthem.

    Puts me in mind of how just about every song by Heart - "Never", "Alone", "What About Love", you name it - is a song one woman sings to another. Pick any one at random and I can assure you it is in No Way a hetero love song. Shit, when I listen to Heart I start having some impure thoughts about an old nerd soulmate of mine who...never mind.

    Carry on.

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  3. @ AfroStyling

    unfortunately Robert Sheehan is not returning to the show which sucks but oh well, as long as Simon and Alisha are there im good.

    LOL - I know, right?

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  4. I don't know.....honestly those two just don't seem to have any "chemistry."

    [dodges a bottle of cristal and dashes out of the bar from the drunken pissed mob]

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  5. Girl, now you know you can't have a sexy interracial pairing like this without the obligatory shade being hurled at them in the coded speak.

    I thought I'd just beat racist white folks to the punch. LOL!!!!!

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  6. I only just started watching this show and have not gotten to the part where these two characters get together. WHAT IS GOING ON?

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  7. This was a cool ass show! I started watching LXD and there was an ad for it there but it didn't grip me, but reading your post made it seem interesting. Maybe they out to hire you to do their adverts.

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  8. Hmm...not to derail, but is it me, or do interracial couples in fantasy British media tend to be the opposite of America's? In America it's primarily BM/WW (with WM/non-threatening, Anglo-friendly, lightskinned, BM on the serious rise) but in England it seems like it's always primarily been WM/BW.

    Note: That while I'm indifferent to (non-agenda based) mixed relationships in general, one can't help but take notice this trend.

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  9. I love Misfits I have been watching since episode one came out on Channel 4 it is so funny I love Nathan. He is such a loveable cheeky bastard. But now I hate Robert Shehan now coz I heard he wont be coming back for the 3rd season he wants to persue his film career.

    Bad move, the boy starred in like two films he needs to continue with misfits.

    The show is just really good it's like Skins 1st gen meets Heroes. Did they start showing it on BBC America?

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  10. Neo is right Ankh. I mean im pretty sure she must have forced this relationship upon that poor unsuspecting white boy and then used her nubian wiles to seduce him. I mean this pairing makes no sense(sarcasm ). As for your suggestion of giving the likes of tom felton etc.. permanent vesas and pairing them with beautiful black actresses. It would be glorious!, but girl you do know white fandom would like burn the studious down. They would rather everything go to hell before actually having real equality in media representation.

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  11. Whattaya know...Mikey made a longer version of "Careless Whisper" that I didn't know about.

    And now...

    @ Neo-Prodigy

    Girl, now you know you can't have a sexy interracial pairing like this without the obligatory shade being hurled at them in the coded speak.

    I thought I'd just beat racist white folks to the punch. LOL!!!!!


    My lord, We are not amused.

    @ The Girl in Question

    I only just started watching this show and have not gotten to the part where these two characters get together. WHAT IS GOING ON?

    Sorry for the spoilers. Just keeping watching.

    @ Franklin

    Hmm...not to derail, but is it me, or do interracial couples in fantasy British media tend to be the opposite of America's? In America it's primarily BM/WW (with WM/non-threatening, Anglo-friendly, lightskinned, BM on the serious rise) but in England it seems like it's always primarily been WM/BW.

    Oh...we've noticed this here at the bar. It's a bit of irony. In the UK, Black people are actually very few, but as Tobi Mann stated in his interview with Nichelle Gregory, the women are quite sought after. Meanwhile, here in the US, Black women are a bit more plentiful, but 95% of straight white men don't know what to do with us. They don't even know how to talk to us like human beings.

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  12. @ Aiyo

    I think Robert Sheehan expected to be the star and hero of the show. After all, his superpower is immortality. I'm guessing he expected that pretty face and those bouncy curls to carry him to the top and leave him there. But it didn't. Iwan Rheon stole the show as the more gifted actor, with a far more complex character, and now Robbie's cutting off his nose to spite his face.

    @ idiclove

    As for your suggestion of giving the likes of tom felton etc.. permanent vesas and pairing them with beautiful black actresses. It would be glorious!, but girl you do know white fandom would like burn the studious down.

    *shrug* Their loss.

    Another thing we need to think about this growth of AMBW, not just here but abroad as well. so it wouldn't hurt to grant permanent visas to the likes of Takeshi Kaneshiro, Rain, Iko Uwais, Binh Minh, Ananda Everingham, or Andy Lau either. *shivers delightfully* It wouldn't hurt a bit.

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  13. When it comes to TV, Hollywood is wayyy behind the rest! I find myself looking at other countries media more than ours.

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  14. @ M

    I feel you.

    When I go to Netflix to watch stuff instantly, I automatically click the "Foreign" option.

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  15. Rain is delicious I wouldn't mind seeing him permanently featured with black women. And speaking of sexy asian men, john cho makes me tingle. He seriously needs to be in more films since he already lives in the US anyway.

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  16. And speaking of sexy asian men, john cho makes me tingle. He seriously needs to be in more films since he already lives in the US anyway.

    Girl...don't even get me started on him. *shivers delightfully* That's my boo right there.

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  17. Uhm...usually, any other woman day dreaming about John Cho would make me combust but i've moved on to Tom Hiddleston. Speaking of fandom, i tend to watch a lot of ARWEN (Arthur/Gwen) and Simon/Alisha videos on Youtube and a lot of those comments are actually in support of these pairings. I would hazard a guess and say those comments are from people in the UK. Now, this doesn't mean you dont get some commenters who will swear on their last life that Morgana and Arthur have some serious chemistry or that Arthur and Merlin are truly the romantic pairings of the show. All you can do is shake your head. I saw the bootleg comic con trailer for merlin Season 4 and there will be an episode where Lancelot and Arthur come to blows over Gwen. I bet their heads wil explode then.

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  18. Sorry, I am no longer impressed with tokenism. Too many times writers forget what brown skin looks like when the character is female, then suddenly remember again when the character is male or evil. When we get some non-ambiguous women revered for their beauty in the media, then I'll consider watching.

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  19. Oh and Rain is super delicious...Oh, yes.

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  20. @ Trackstre

    Too many times writers forget what brown skin looks like when the character is female, then suddenly remember again when the character is male or evil. When we get some non-ambiguous women revered for their beauty in the media, then I'll consider watching.

    In America and anime, "ambiguity" is obsessed over. I don't get that vibe from some British media however. Brits look at a woman like Alisha and see a black woman - end of story.

    As I said with Zoe Saldana, we cannot dismiss a woman of color simply because she does not conform to what we prefer to see onscreen. She didn't choose her skin, and we don't know her struggles. When we roll our eyes at actresses like Antonia Thomas, we're basically say their talents, accomplishments, and overall existence are irrelevant, and we're making this snap judgment based only on her looks.

    It's one thing when one dark-skinned, powerful black actor is suddenly replaced with a lighter-skinned, meeker actress (like in Bones) - that's different. But it's another when a light-skinned WoC originates a role, and sticks with it.

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  21. Oh...we've noticed this here at the bar. It's a bit of irony. In the UK, Black people are actually very few, but as Tobi Mann stated in his interview with Nichelle Gregory, the women are quite sought after. Meanwhile, here in the US, Black women are a bit more plentiful, but 95% of straight white men don't know what to do with us. They don't even know how to talk to us like human beings.


    Sorry to burst your bubble ankh, but here in the Uk the vast majority of white gus still don't know how to speak and approach a black woman. I've lost count of the number of variations of " You're hot for a black girl...", " I don't usually like black girls, but..." etc. I admit our media representations seem to be beter. But with skins, I actually had a problem with Alisha's power. I thought it objectified her and exemplified the whole 'black women only good enough for sex' (especially the language that thepeople she came into contact spewed, i mean seriously, there are other ways to depict uncontrollable lust without the demeaning sexist language!) I thought it poignant that her abusing her power meant that she basically raped her boyfriend in the toilet cubicle.
    Yes, it was refreshing to see the black chick as the sexy, desirable one. But her power rendered her untouchable and unable to gain real lovingly charged sex except at a neutered distance ( albeit a sexy distance with the mutual masturbation) . I thought it rendered her and Curtis's relationship ( a young beautiful, black couple)defunct and effectively kept his hands off of her paving the way for the white hero.
    No spoilers, but the writers eventaulally rectified this situation.
    that was my take on the whole thing....

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  22. @ Jellybean14

    No bubble burst here, hence the opening line of this post.

    I thought Alisha's power was clever, because if I recall correctly, the storm created a person's power based on their nature. Alisha was the beautiful girl every man wanted, and she actually believed that "meant" something. Her power taught her otherwise, just as everyone's power has taught them otherwise.

    I'll be honest; aside for appearance, I didn't like the Curtis/Alisha relationship because to me, they didn't really bond on anything other than the physical. I was more than happy to see a BM/BW couple, since they've become so rare. But these two didn't talk much, we didn't learn a whole lot about them individually, yet they were already "seeing" each other by the third or fourth episode (I think) and that kinda threw me.

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  23. @Ankh
    Great points!The storm did create their power based on their nature. I think with alisha it was hinted that she is the kinda girl that uses sex to plug up her self esteem, so her power in a way is forcing her to find her strength elsewhere.
    You're right, her and Curtis's relatioship starts in a typical way, 2 horny teens hook up on community service, but I thougt they genuinely seemed to grow to care for one another and the lack of sex and touching allowed them to explore other aspects of their burgeoning relationship. In fact, i found the break up quite annoying, just quite abrupt and for no real reason...maybe it was just because there was nothing really there. It seemed like a plot device because you already felt Simon as her love interest being manouvered into view.
    That said I think they make a really great couple. the chemistry is off the charts an there is definitely a strong love there. I cannot wait for series 3.
    The dude that played Nathan has really shot himself in the foot!!! who walks away from a show like this???!

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  24. Just watched season 2, episode 5, and I gotta ask...what's with Simon & chocolate women? Boy's beginning to show a bit of a pattern here...

    @ Jellybean14

    The dude that played Nathan has really shot himself in the foot!!! who walks away from a show like this???!

    Robert Sheehan is a towering moron. I'll admit he's beautiful & I love Nathan, which is why he's an idiot for leaving a role that's obviously perfect.

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  25. Thanks for the recommendation, I'm loving this show! I'm on the Christmas special episode now and I must say, regarding sex...they sometimes overdo it a bit. so far in the Christmas episode it's like back to back random f*cking scenes. I know the show is mature but some scenes were damn near soft porn lol (some examples: Nathan and the pregnant chick he knew for five seconds before f*cking her, kelly and the gorilla guy, also Curtis and the heart transplant chick at the party). Nathan is a loud arse, but he is quite entertaining. Future Simon was cool.. but awkward, borderline nerdy Simon was more attractive to me for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on lol. That scene when him and Alisha got together for the first time was hot though, and quite tasteful.

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  26. Hm, Ruth Negga's in this. I've only seen her in Breakfast on Pluto, but I liked her...

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  27. ***comment moderation

    @ "SARA"

    Thank you for taking the time out to tell me the things you hate. Now let me tell you something I hate: people swinging by my blog, not reading the comments policy, and not knowing what the hell they're talking about when they comment.

    Take notes: people like Obama and Halle Berry consider themselves black and with good reason; look at how they're treated by white people. Obama has unleashed America's white racism and reminded us of what's really going on in this country. Perhaps that will be his greatest contribution. And Halle Berry's ex let us know what he really thinks about mixed people like her and his own daughter.

    Antonia Thomas and Angel Coulby may consider themselves mixed, but one drop rule or not, the venom they receive from white fans at the end of the day lets them know exactly what they are and where they stand. Those white fans don't give a shit about their "white halves", and as a black fan, I don't either.

    When white people see the likes of Zach Quinto, Iwan Rheon, and Bradley James locking lips with supposedly "mixed actresses", they don't see partially white or Latina actresses smooching "their" men. They see their men smooching the enemy.

    News flash: no one's impressed with mixed people. That particular solution failed, and people need to suck it up and deal. In the end, this world is made up of POC and non-POC; get over it. Mixed people are still POC, and to white folks, POC are still considered the enemy.

    And for any self-respecting individual, that particular thought is what should be at the forefront at all times.

    Good day.

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  28. I like what you have written....and as a black woman married to a white man.. i would love for more tv to have BW/WM...relationships shown..... I don't know whats with the US..we can come up with goof tv but seems the Brits.. are so far ahead of the states...they just keep putting the US to shame....to bad we can only get Misfits here in states for Hulu plus...Antonia's and Iwan's characters fit so perfectly together....

    nice blog you have here... keep up the good work

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  29. @ Ank: The girl Simon dated in episode five, I couldn't help but think that her cute face and tooth gap reminded me of Anna Paquin. I swear they have a striking resemblance though I found the other actress much more tolerable and well . . . she could clearly act.

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