Finally, I have a reason to actually want to use my Amazon Prime streaming video. Amazon Prime Video needs more stuff like this if it truly wants to compete with Netflix. I've always loved the Tick. The cartoon was fun. The original live action show was cut short. I want this to succeed.
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.
Great pilot... Puts in just enough to introduce the character styles and starting plot points. Someone not familiar with the tick could watch and enjoy.
They just released photos of the new costume that the season is shot in... It's crappy! The suit in this pilot is 10 times better. They changed it....Go figure Love what they're doing with Arthurs costume backstory. Hopefully amazon will give this incarnation of The Tick a chance to get going, and not make the mistake of their predecessors.
This show is great. It, of course, contains on the surface, the expected light-hearted approach to a "Superhero" story that we have seen in previous versions of The Tick. But there are some very obvious and some very subtle questions here... Who is The Tick? Where did he come from? Even the questions of his suit.... Is it even a suit? Is it his skin? How did it mysteriously change from the first episode to the second? And these questions make you wonder if Arthur, who seemingly is the weak one with no power at all, actually does have a superpower. And maybe that power is to physically manifest The Tick out of his own subconscious mind into reality. Or maybe that's exactly what they want you to think. Hmmmmm... Hopefully, these questions will get answered as the show goes on. So far, the first season is fantastic!!!
I was a little worried when I first heard it was going a bit darker and "grittier" ... but you know, this actually seems to work. It starts off slow, but you get hints of the humor even before Tick actually shows up... and the thing is, the comic books ARE pretty dark at points, generally balanced by the Tick's sheer irreverence and mangled metaphors. I have to admit I somewhat prefer Warburton's portrayal (mostly because of his voice) to the new guy, and I'm not sure what's up with the suit texture (is it trying to look like a kevlar battlesuit?), but these are extremely minor complaints all told. Serafinowicz pulls off the actions and attitude just fine, Tick is.... Tick. Plus I like the new design of the moth suit, what can I say?
Ok, I tempered my expectations because unlike some, I was not a far of the Fox show as a whole. Patrick Warburton was a PERFECT for the Tick, but I didn't really dig the character changes from the cartoon. I know some fans might think I'm crazy but I was a HUGE fan of the cartoon. I wanted to see Sewer Urchin and Die Fledermaus not Bat Manuel.
Now, with Ben Edlund returning to a try this version, I was intrigued but still wanted to see how things would go. I wanted Putty back, but understood when it didn't happen. After watching this episode a few times, I do want to see more. Griffin Newman jumps out at me as a great choice for Arthur already. Jackie Earl Hayley is a solid choice for The Terror and I'm slowly growing to really like Peter Serafinowicz's take on big blue. The costume isn't that great. I do wish they would've gone Deadpool-style and animated white eyes, but I can get passed it.
Overall, it has me intrigued fully now. It was a bit short, but it's a taste that I want to have again... a taste... OF JUSTICE.
Darker and funnier version of the first Tick series, and perfect for today. The Tiick is less of a caricature than the original butl retains his all-American hero kitsch. Please please tell me that Batmanuel and Captain America will be part of the cast.
Arthur's tortured past worked perfectly; (we all know an Arthur - or we should) making him an ideal candidate for redemption - and an unusual sidekick. Arthur's backstory is almost too real, mirroring evil and assassination that is now almost a daily occurrence in America and the world by forces bent on destruction in costumes every bit as frightening as those we see on youtube, Who cannot love his calls for justice and ability to turn cliche on its head by simply repeating it at oddly appropriate times (Go tell it on the mountain). If only the Tick were real!
This is an interesting version of The Tick. It is focusing much more on Arthur and The Tick and it feels like a smart move. If you are looking for a live action version of The Tick that most closely resembles the comic, then you should watch the too short-lived Fox version. I have to admit that it took me a while to get adjusted to a more realistic version of The Tick; but when I did, everything fell into place. Griffin Newman has Arthur down pat. Peter Sarafinowicz is no Patrick Warburton, but he gives The Tick a life of his own. Jackie Earl Haley creates a full blown villain as the Terror with the right projection of sadism to hold up as a Season long big bad.
I hope they move forward with a full season of The Tick.
This "season" was so short it should have been a 2 hour movie instead, ( - 1 star ) . The Tick, Arthur, Dot, are all really good. I enjoy the shift to be a bit more about Arthur and his back story. The comedic tone is a bit more subtle and dark than prior animated and live action. I miss old friends like Bat Manuel, the Midnight Bomber, American Maid, and "Spoon!" etc. but did enjoy the disco light super boat. There is a bit of mystery to the Tick himself here that deserves resolving; hopefully Amazon wont make use wait 18 or more months for another 6 episode season .
I'm hoping that they will continue this series. I preferred Patrick Warburton in the 2001 series; but, I am sure Peter Serafinowicz will grow on me, after all, their first names both begin with "P" so, how could he not!?!?
My perfect wish, though, is that the flag pole, "thwaping" scene from the comics would be reproduced. I don't know why, but, I always found that to be the funniest and most remembered thing about reading The Tick comics. Ah, well... if wishes were horses...