How “The Misfits” Does Everything “Lost” Tried to Do, and Does it Better

How “The Misfits” Does Everything “Lost” Tried to Do, and Does it Better

I watched every single episode of “Lost” just to make sure that I was informed in my decision to rate it as “sucky.” Out of boredom, I’ve been watching “The Misfits” on Hulu, and after an impressive episode about time traveling to kill Hitler, it occurred to me that it is the perfect version of “Lost” for people who totally hated “Lost.” Here are “Lost’s” schticks, and how “The Misfits” beats them:

Diverse Cast that You Slowly Get to Know
Lost: The cast was all ridiculously hot and fake-looking people balanced out, apparently, by Hurley. Most diverse characters had antagonist/violent qualities, like the Iraqi torturer played by Indian actor Naveen Andrews.
The Misfits: Aside from including the exact example of what Shia LaBeouf would look like if he were attractive, the cast is all real-looking people who could easily also play a season of Skins.

Sci-Fi Experimentation
Lost: Gigantic ass pretense of sci-fi depth – secret numbers, parallel universes, time travel, all glazed over by kinky cage-related plotlines and religious navel gazing.
The Misfits: Any time travel or sci-fi elements take a back seat to character development. Though experimental and thought provoking, time travel plots are still laid-back, including tongue-in-cheek moments where characters “forget” they are in another version of history.

Questioning Religion
Lost: After many seasons of scientific plotlines, everyone ends up in a church at the end. John Locke is Jesus or something.
The Misfits: Doesn’t care about religion except to make fun of it. Whereas “Lost” challenges morality by being like, “She is secretly a bank robber! Can she still be a good person?” “The Misfits” focuses on more realistic and relatable ways that people don’t fit in.

Non-Linear Storytelling
Lost: Ok, “Lost” was pretty good at this. Not gonna lie.
The Misfits: Less up it’s own ass about being deep, more into humor and absurdity.

Becky Lang