remains a remarkable series, but for a wholly different reason: there is no other series I can recall that started so brilliantly, and devolved, in just one season, to such baffling mediocrity.Created by Howard Overman, stars five young offenders who develop superpowers after a freak storm.In the first season, they battled probation officers and other superpowered antagonists while coming to terms with their lives and unwanted powers.
Yet he was revealed to be none other than creepy outcast Simon's (Iwan Rheon) future self, who had traveled in time to save Alisha (Antonia Thomas), the woman he loved.The series then closed with a Christmas special in which the ASBO 5, as the show has dubbed them, seeking to return to their normal lives, sold their superpowers to powerbroker Seth (Matthew Mc Nulty). " that depicts just how badly Nathan's Vegas escapade ends, but as far as season three is concerned, he might as well have never existed, so completely is Rudy slipped into his role. However compelling Rudy might seem as a character (and I suspect this is at least partly determined by how amusing one finds sex and excrement jokes), he isn't Nathan.When Curtis's (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) girlfriend died soon after, and Curtis wasn't able to rewind time and save her, they suffered seller's remorse. " As in previous seasons, the ASBO 5 are forced into community service, and most storylines deal with them either adapting to their new powers, or facing other similarly superpowered people. And yet the show expects us to forget this fact as completely as its remaining cast of characters has.Yet their old superpowers had already been traded, and they were forced to choose new ones. Yet the faults of the previous seasons—inconsistent and uneven characterization; logic and complexity sacrificed in favor of ratcheting the drama and delivering one-liners; reliance on some racial and gendered stereotypes, especially in depictions of female sexuality—are magnified to an extent that's increasingly difficult to overlook. The others inform her that Nathan's in Vegas trying to cheat money out of the casino, which is bound to end badly. Compared to the reaction that other dead or departed characters receive—Nikki (Ruth Negga), Curtis's murdered girlfriend, fails to merit even one line of script—the ASBO 5's thirty second remembrance of Nathan seems gushingly sentimental and sorrowful.One of the most enjoyable aspects of season three is the reveal of the new superpowers, especially Curtis, who evades getting caught by the cops by turning into a woman, and Kelly (Lauren Socha), shown sitting across a conference table with a suited man. The replacement of obnoxious, immature, loud-mouthed Nathan (Robert Sheehan) with obnoxious, immature, loud-mouthed Rudy (Joseph Gilgun) perhaps best exemplifies the problem with this season's character work. It's not just characters from previous seasons who are retconned, but also Curtis's entire character arc over the last two seasons, during which he gradually let go of his bitterness and regret over the sudden, jarring end of his running career following a conviction for drug possession.
"These are the designs for an intercontinental ballistic missile," the man says. In season three, he's back to where he began the series, carrying bitterness and anger "like a dark cloud," not over his dead girlfriend or anything else that happened the last two seasons, but over his lost chance at the Olympics.This is especially disappointing because Curtis is given some of the most compelling and entertaining storylines of the season (having to deal as a woman with sexual harrassment, learning to let go of the past by experiencing the joys of lesbian sex), yet it is difficult to care what happens when none of it will matter after the episode has ended.Simon's storyline suffers the opposite fate, with his beginning as an outcast stalker and pervert completely done away with.In the first season, his actions, which included the murder of one of the gang's probation workers, evoked a mixture of sympathy and horrified fascination, but in the third season this is absent, and Simon becomes much more conventional.Simon had always taken his superpower seriously, displaying none of the casual, bordering on resentful attitude with which the others treated theirs.He was desperate to find a place and reason for his existence, which portrayed as simultaneously heroic and pathetic.