Well, we still have a while to wait to see if Misfits will survive without Mr Sheehan (although in our opinion, we reckon it will still be pretty great). But we do now have an explanation for Nathan's departure in a little online film, Vegas Baby!, which was released yesterday.
But what happens? Spoilers lie ahead, so you may wish to go and watch it first (you can do that here).
Remember that the Misfits decided they weren't too happy with their powers and wanted to do a little switcheroo? Well, Nathan has done exactly that and has decided to become a magician (considering he was previously immortal, this seems a bit of a downgrade, but whatever).
He's taken his new skills - which apparently involve pulling bunnies out of his rear end and making poker chips appear in Marnie's lady bits - to Las Vegas (where else?) Marnie and Nathan Jr have tagged along for the fun, and Nathan's going to use his powers for good. Of course we're kidding - he's going to use them to dupe the casinos out of a hell of a lot of cash.
This starts well. Nathan goes to win some money, and he does, in huge quantities - he can change the numbers on the dice. Of course, his success can't last. He ends up going all in for his final bet. It's over the house limit, but the casino owner lets it go ahead, and Nathan wins again, unsurprisingly. The only problem is that he made one of the die show the number seven. What a schoolboy error - do your research, Nathan!
Anyway, once the owner points this out Nathan runs away, but he only gets so far before getting cornered by the owner and a burly security guard. Doing the aforementioned rabbit trick doesn't help, so he runs off again. He soon gets found in his hotel room and banged up in a Nevada jail - back in an orange jumpsuit.
The only thing to do is to use up his one phone call, and who else to ring but his fellow community service gang? The only problem is, they're not there. However, Rudy - new cast member Joe Gilgun - is around to pick up the phone! Nathan thinks he's Simon, but naturally calls him Barry, and Rudy doesn't have a clue who he's talking about. Nathan asks who he is and he replies: "I'm the new guy." (To be honest, we are really quite excited about seeing what Joe brings to the show). Anyway, Rudy promptly hangs up, leaving Nathan to be dragged away yelling that he's too pretty for jail. Oh, and the Misfits theme tune ('Echoes' by The Rapture) kicks in, making me ever so excited for the new series.
So was the film any good? Well, yes! The teaser was beautifully shot - perhaps it even looked a little too gorgeous, considering Misfits' normal gritty style. And admittedly, it was perhaps not the best bit of Misfits we've ever seen - maybe this proves that it is an ensemble show, not just the Nathan show - but there was definitely plenty to enjoy.
This is not an introduction to Misfits - it would mean nothing if you had never seen the show. But it's a touching gesture to a hardcore of fans (there was no obligation, after all, to explain Nathan's exit). And you can tell that it's for the fans - there are lots of little giggly fan-loving moments. Like when Nathan complains that Nathan Jr does what babies do and moans: "The kid s**ts himself more than I do." Or, of course, his plaintive cry of: "Save me, Barry!" as the prison guards approach.
Naturally, Robert - and Nathan - will be missed. But the online film was an entertaining eight minutes that should keep people happy. And the extended trailer that follows proves that Misfits is still going to be one to watch. Tube Talk had already had a sneak peek at the promo when we visited the Misfits set, but that didn't make it any less exciting. It's properly grin-worthy, and it's devastating that we're going to have to wait so long for the new series to start. In the meantime, you can watch Misfits: Vegas Baby! (over and over again, if that's your thing) on the official Misfits website.
And we'll leave you with a burning question - "What the f**k is brunch?"
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