Misfits Analysis

Misfits Analysis

I have chosen to analyze the opening sequence of the very first episode of the E4 drama series Misfits, which was first shown on the 12th of November 2009. The opening sequence lasts approximately 3 minutes but is in two distinct parts. The first two minutes features actual dramatic performances whereas the remaining minute is given over to the opening titles.

In the first two minutes we are introduced to the characters. We see them putting on orange overalls in a locker room. Each character is briefly shown and from this first glimpse we are able to see something of their characteristics for example Alisha was very body conscious and keeps looking at herself. This makes her appear to be a very confident person. From how the characters behave, stand, react with each other et cetera we can see that the opening sequence can be applied to Propp’s Spheres of Action. However at this early stage the exact role of each is not perfectly clear. Nathan appears to initially be the “hero” because of his good-looking appearance and confidence but then another character Curtis seems to take on this role as he shows a more mature, sensible attitude to the situation and also has the more muscular build associated with the hero role. One of the characters is shown with a tag on his ankle so the audience has their first insight about an aspect of the show. Codes of enigma are raised as to why these characters are serving a community service sentence and what each of them has done to be punished. Within this opening two minutes, Todorov’s narrative theory can be applied in a short, miniature format. The mood of a calm equilibrium is suggested at the very start due to the joking, laughing atmosphere between the characters. However an argument erupts, which suggests a sense of dis-equilibrium because the once calm atmosphere has been replaced with anger and disharmony. An attempt is then made to repair the equilibrium by the officer in charge, by separating the two characters that...

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