Smart casting, serviceable special effects, and the jokes--some clever, some quiet, but almost always hilariously mining a subversive, off-kilter style of humor along with some well intended parody of self as well as some common super hero tropes. Warning: incredibly mild spoilers ahead. The show is in on the joke and wants you to be too. For example, at one point in the second episode, a character remarks to The Tick that his costume looks remarkably different than the one he wore in the pilot episode (what a difference getting a budget from the studio makes). They absolutely nail the spirit of the 1990s animated series with more than a few literal call-backs. Aside from a smart opener, episode one wobbles ever so slightly in the first 10 minutes or so, but things then quickly start to gel nicely; so much so that you will likely binge all six episodes in one sitting like I did. Only caveat: parents expecting to watch this with your kids, there's a bit of profanity including probably a couple of F-bombs. From the "Your goats are on fire" comment to The Tick offering up a plate of "Tupac Latifah", I LOL'd a number of times. Check it out!
I went into a comic shop in the mid 80's and picked up the first issue of a black and white comic called 'The Tick'. I loved its weird, surrealistic humor. Then they made the comic into a cartoon, and i feared the worst, but it turned out to be pretty good. Then they made it into a live action (but sadly short-lived) TV series. I feared THAT would be bad, too. It was awesome. SO awesome that I feared no one else could ever play Tick in live action besides Patrick Warburton. Now, there's a new series, and it, like the versions before it, is awesome. I think a big part of the secret is that the original creator, Ben Edlund, is involved. This version is a bit more 'adult' than previous incarnations, some violence, and I seem to recall a bit more harsh language, but the absurdist tone remains, the clueless but good-to-the-core hero, the reluctant/terrified sidekick. This version also does something no previous version has done before, and that is make the villains MUCH more fun and interesting. The Terror and Miss Lint are both great fun. I'm curious to see if we'll get new versions of Die Fledermaus/Batmanuel and American Maid/Captain Liberty. In any case, the show is great fun and well worth your time.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Five stars, to be exact. Good production values, an interesting blend of cardboard cutouts and real character...values, reasonable paycheck values, and easily defensible family values make this show a good value. You, the faithful tick watcher, will be tickled by the witty repartee and thumping good action. You, the Amazonian purveyor of outstanding entertainment, will find this to be great for fluffing up your resume should that ever become necessary.
Some will note that this was filmed using a Beholder steadicam and Red digital camera rather than a mere handheld camera. This is good equipment but, confusingly, the Red camera is actually black. Well, never mind. It is the resulting image that matters. And that image is competently and occasionally creatively filmed. The operators barely scratched the surface of what the Beholder gyro platform and Red digital camera can do, but that tiny scratch with a bit of Red oozing out is irresistable to ticks.
Moth, also known as Arthur, makes a great a supporting cast to the real star who is--of course--Tick. Beneath Moth's atrophied muscles and generally slow on the uptick reaction time is a devilishly clever mind. Seriously, anyone who figures out that secret lever that opens the super-secret crime lab in Moth's HQ should leave the location in the comments. Pretty please.
If blushing was physically possible...well, we can all agree that the Tick is impressive. The emotional range from bemused to befuddled is gloriously explored. And if that range is not enough for you then the Tick will remain impervious, a bonus emotional response. It is good that a bullet-proof blue paragon of morality and physical perfection is not prone to being ticked off, which also improved efficiency on the set.
Idle hands make the Terror's work, but a lot of villains and a few super-villains were kept busy on the set. Since the workweek was usually 60 hours plus per week, this leaves little time for evil-doing. For example, aimbotting in first person shooters was down by 30% during filming. We all know that aimbotting is a "gateway evil". Trolling and clickbaiting were also down during this time. Making episodes is a pretty good living and it keeps the characters out of more serious trouble.
Justice may be blind, but she has sensitive listening devices. Sort of like Tick's antennae. Sweet justice is served up hot with a side of morality in some plotlines. Good frequently triumphs, evil mostly benefits little from its misconduct. A test group was found to be 37% less likely to jaywalk after watching several episodes. Very few test subjects attempted to walk through a hail of bullets or hail a cab from the middle of its trajectory. On balance, family values are tolerated and even encouraged on this show.
So, what are you waiting for? Point your antennae at this screen and latch onto the next episode. Or possibly the first episode. If you are an Amazon executive, hurry and make more episodes to keep Western civilization safe from the depradations of aimbotters and trolls simply by keeping them gainfully employed.
Absolutely exceeded expectations. Since I first watched the Tick as a Saturday morning cartoon, (when Saturday morning still meant cartoons!), I have love the big blue idiot. As a young adult, I was aware the theme of The Tick cartoon was way over the heads of the time slot it was given. And it.makes you wonder if it had been put in a time slot similar to The Simpsons, if it would still exists as animation.
Patrick Warburton as The Tick was so good, I had little hop that a new version would come close. Not only was the characterization perfect, but the new characters such as Batmanuel and Captain Liberty were so well done and funny it was hard to imagine it would be as good.
Well it seems the creative juices of Ben Edlund have a deep well to draw from. The Peter Sarafinowicz time with The Tick has so far been very funny. Do I miss the old 2001 show? yes, would have liked to see more. But, this new series was so good, all I can see for the future of this show is it getting better. And with the new model of Amazon Studios vs the old legacy media's standards for what makes a hit. We can most likely expect this series to be with us for quite some time.
THE TICK has long entertained me (with the glaring exception of the grueling SNES game), so when I heard that Amazon was giving it a shot at a new series, I was excited. That's saying something for me these days, because I've been suffering from superhero fatigue for the last couple of years. Which, really, is precisely why viewers like me almost need The Tick today. He's simultaneously a childlike celebration of the things that are appealing about the genre while also a satisfying satire of the self-indulgent pomposity that sometimes runs amok, as it has for too many big and small screen incarnations of late.
Overall, this pilot nails the spirit of The Tick. Peter Serafinowicz doesn't have the character's traditional giant physique, but he's nailed the earnestness of the big blue one. In particular, his monologues are almost dizzying in their absurdity. I rarely find myself laughing aloud when I watch something by myself, but I did laugh a few times throughout this episode and most of those times were because of Serafinowicz.
Though The Tick is the titular titan of the franchise, it's Arthur as his Shanghaied sidekick who serves as our point of view character. Griffin Newman anchors the story to a recognizable reality, and it's against his performance that everyone else gets to play. In particular, Newman has terrific chemistry with Valorie Curry, who plays his sister Dot. There's a touching tenderness between them that rings true to me as someone who has had the support of loving people as I've dealt with my own mental health issues. The Tick hasn't always been entirely sensitive to mental health issues, and I found its handling of Arthur here surprisingly thoughtful.
The potential for this series is high, if the pilot is a reliable indicator, and I certainly hope that Amazon elects to develop it further. My only caveat is that, while I'm not at all put off by mature language as a rule, I found it inorganic here. Maybe it's a bias I have from having originally been introduced to The Tick by way of the Saturday morning cartoon, but I think it's more something that I'm conscious of as a critically minded viewer. The line deliveries don't feel casual enough, which they shouldn't because the conceit of The Tick is that everything in this universe is surrealistically heightened, including the speech of even ordinary people. I'm not saying they should lose the language, but they should work on making it feel more a part of this specific milieu.
Fantastic definitely one of the best shows on Amazon! Most of the other shows have been Awful! The Tick had always been one of my favorites. Ppl need to stop with this idiotic idea that every superhero show is meant for kids. Most of them are not! I like that this Version I'd for an older crowd! It is a playful superhero show but i love how the show pokes fun of its genre and is whimsical.Great Job and fantastic casting! My only compliant is that I want more than 6 episodes!!!
I was no fan of any incarnation of the tick growing up. (although I was squarely in its wheelhouse, so I should have been).
This is a solid pilot, and what amazon NEEDS to invest its focus in, compared to Jean Claude Van Johnson. Its crafted solidly, firmly cashes in the all important nostalgia chip it was going for.
Sure there were "some" missteps, but this was only a 20+ minute pilot. There is more than enough here to justify green lighting a season as the structure will be able to capably support it. It functions quite well as a critique on modern "Super Hero Media" that has hit mass saturation levels and it serves as a long distance phone call to Fox movie studio leaving a voice mail to tell Deadpool to kindly return the schtick that belongs to The Tick.
Loved it. It is the goofy and sometimes serious superhero show that fits well right now. -I don't remember much of anything from the cartoon, but I didn't need to know anything about the cartoon to understand what is going on. -I love the series of shows on Netflix, but this scratches a different itch. It pokes fun at the superhero worlds and is still a good show on its own. It competes with those other shows without needing to show unecessary sexual scenes. It has a bit of gore and profanity if that is a concern for you, but it didn't seem over the top. It has the modern superhero look at times, but also mixes in some of the older superhero scenes which gives it a nice blend. -There's a few scenes that are out of sync when the camera angle was changed, but I wonder if that was done on purpose. Other than that it seemed pretty good as far as quality of production goes. -My only complaint is that the season was too short, so I hope we get to see more.
If you're looking for a live action version of the watered-down kiddie animated series then move on. If, however, you are looking for a live-action version of the original graphic novels that Fox tried hard to produce but fell short, then you are looking in the right place. My only problem with the series is that the story seemed crammed into 6 episodes and didn't give much room for driving characters. Though this is a return to the original concept produced in the graphic novels, it seems a bit diminished by not diving deeper into the Arthur character and those around him. The story hints at what the super-fans already know about the Tick (I expect the super-mind-blowing twist might be revealed in the final episode of the series), but dances around that line, without crossing it, very well. Though it's not what it could be with a big budget and on the big screen, all-in-all it's a great return to the original hyper-violent, profane, gritty and sexual farce on a superhero genre property we have always been promised in a live action send-up.
As a big fan of the original cartoon, I still have a Tick shirt from 20 years ago and all the episodes on VHS, I was really happy to see this coming back. The original live-action version was well done but cut short after one season. I really hope this new one survives because the first 6 episodes were great! I love that they didn't just try to copy the cartoon or the first live-action version, they went with something new while still honoring the basic premise of the original Tick.
I don't want to post any spoilers for anyone who hasn't watched it yet, but what I can say is that this version is finally targeting the correct audience. What I mean is that the original cartoon was really a spoof on superhero cartoons, and made many references to things that only adults would really understand. But, it was played during Saturday morning cartoons with all the other kids cartoons. I'm sure that's why it didn't last. It wasn't really meant for young kids. This version is definitely not for young kids, it targets an adult audience. So, if you were looking for something to watch with the kids, this isn't it. But this version is really well done, and I'm really hoping it lasts...they can't leave it where it ended for sure!