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The Daily Rant: Raving on ‘Misfits’.

The concept of the television show Misfits is simple. Take a disparate group of dysfunctional young men and women, give them some super powers, and then watch as they come to terms with their new responsibilities and hopefully put away some bad guys. So far, so very X Men and Heroes, right?

Well, kind of right. Throw in some exceptionally foul language, a bucket or two of blood, a heap of sexual shenanigans, as well as the most quotable dialogue this side of The Princess Bride, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for the freshest television series I’ve seen in many a year.

Last Sunday saw the premiere of Misfits‘ third season. Already it had its back against the wall because it had lost its leading star Robert Sheehan (Nathan) and many fans had claimed the show would suffer for his leaving. Enter Joe Gilgun, an accomplished actor in his own right. The show would sink or swim on his performance and character.

I am delighted to report that none of the spark has gone. If anything, I think Gilgun’s addition to the cast can only be a good move. His character, Rudy, is certainly more sympathetic and much more likable than Nathan. His power – the ability to create an identical copy of himself – is intriguing, especially when each copy has a personality of its own, and will lend itself to some interesting stories this season.

My favourite character, though, is Kelly. For me, and I think for most of the viewers last night, she had the best line. Check out the clip below and you’ll witness her deadpan response to an offer of brunch.

Exquisite.

 

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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 98. On Series Finales.

Harry Pearce and the spies of MI5: Spooks.

We put down our favourite book, one that has travelled with us for nearly ten years, and we can’t help feeling sad. The writer says there will be no more new stories involving characters we have come to love and care for. It is time to move on. There is of course a closure of sorts; but we know in our hearts that their stories go on. Only no one will write about them anymore.

So it is with our favourite television shows. There will be no more Spooks after last night. I am sad. But life must go on.

 

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 59. On Critics.

Everyone’s a critic, or so they say. But there’s a difference between breaking a text, movie, television series, play or opera down into pieces and analysing them until the cows come home – and hoping the writer or creator burns in hell for killing your baby.

Newsflash, hotshots, it was never your baby to begin with. So what if you thought the finale to Torchwood: Miracle Day was terrible? You are entitled to your opinion, I grant you that. But please be more eloquent in your criticism.

Either that or go write your own version. For the record, I loved T: MD to bits.

 

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 9. On Concentration.

My reading challenge for this summer is George R.R. Martin‘s A Song Of Ice And Fire. You might remember this fantasy saga from such spectacular television series as A Game of Thrones. It’s a sprawling seven book sequence (five already published, two to come) that demands concentration. And I’m fine with that.

Last year’s reading challenge, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, gave me all the preparation I needed. So far, so brilliant. With enough characters to fill up a dozen telephone directories, Martin’s epic fantasy saga is a treasure to hold and a pleasure to read.

Just keep concentrating.

Mick Lally 1945-2010 R.I.P.

The late Mick Lally

One of Ireland’s most beloved character actors died today. Mick Lally, known to many of us as Miley in the long-running soap Glenroe, passed away peacefully in hospital this morning. He was 64.

Lally began his career as a teacher and secured a part in the premiere of Brian Friel’s play Translations in 1980 while a member of the Field Day Theatre. Company.

His work on television in the RTÉ series Bracken and later his role as Miley in Glenroe made him a household name.

He also starred in the BBC television series, Ballykissangel, and in the award-winning Ballroom of Romance.

Lally’s versatility as an actor extended to the cinema where he appeared in Irish language films. He was a fluent Irish speaker and an advocate of the language.

Lally also starred in Hollywood-funded films including Alexander, directed by Oliver Stone, and provided the voice in the animated film The Secret of Kells.

He is survived by his wife Peggy and their three children.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said he is ‘shocked and saddened’ by Mick Lally’s death. Mr Cowen added: “He was one of the most loved actors of his generation and will be dearly missed by the public and his colleagues in theatre and television.”

Minister for Culture Mary Hanafin has paid tribute, saying his contribution to the theatrical world had been immense. “His wonderful ability to communicate with his audiences whether in the intimate setting in the early days of Druid, on stage in the National Theatre or in the sitting rooms of homes every Sunday for over 10 years playing the character of ‘Miley’ in Glenroe, Mick Lally was an integral part of the world of acting and, by extension, our society.”

Additional reporting from RTE.ie