The original cartoon was superb. The first live action series was quite good as well. This rendition, however. It's difficult to say exactly what isn't working. Production values are good all around. Perhaps its the pacing. It seems very plodding. The tone, as well. It comes across as dark, and takes itself far too seriously. I was really looking forward to a return of The Tick, but i will sadly not be looking forward to another episode of this series.
I loved the show itself, a little slow like some people said, but reasonably true to the concept. My complaint is in the offering, 6 30 minute episodes? You are trying to compete with Netflix and their 13 hours of content per season with 3 hours of content? Inadequate.
I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could because it has potential if they would've made it more like the originals. The original Tick cartoon and live action versions were great because they were goofy. This was like a weird mix of the original goofiness for the scenes with the Tick in it, then like this dark, brooding vibe for all the scenes focusing on Arthur. It's like the writers were watching too much Jessica Jones and Daredevil over on Netflix and were trying to force that vibe into Arthur's story. Just make it goofy and I'll watch it, but I don't need another Marvel on Netflix copy cat.
Its a really good show, makes me feel like the animated blue tick I grow up watching every Saturday morning matured with me. Sadly this 5 episode season kinda makes me not want to watch anymore. I not really enough content to get invested in, sucks that Amazon decide to chop the season, the show has a lot of rewatchability.
Peter Serafinowicz deserved a better series! Writing for every other character is stiff and one dimensional, all of the female characters are shrill or evil and the product placement is so unskillfully inserted into the show it becomes unwatchable. I understand product placement is necessary but there's a clever way to do it (30 Rock) and then there's this.
I just want to say one thing: What the heck? Having been a fan of the original Fox series and animated series, this was a complete and total destruction of a fantastic premise. What used to be a mix of part innocence and part eagerness, is now a mixture of drugged up depression with shades of disillusionment. Between the suggestion that Arthur was suicidal and the Tick was potentially only a figment of his imagination, this was a travesty. Oh, and one other thing: What the heck was up with the Tick's costume? It looked like someone put Peter Serafinowicz in a goo-dumping machine from Nickelodeon while he had something really big in both back pockets of his jeans.
Moving beyond that to the actual meat of the show, it just fell apart as soon as the opening scene was finished. I wasn't sure what was worse: Whoopi's over-the-top urbanism act, or the obvious overture to the movie Backdraft with the famous picture of the little boy who witnessed his father's death.
I was excited to watch this, especially with Patrick Warburton's name attached as executive producer. I would hope that Amazon will put a little more effort in to BEING clever instead of just trying to LOOK clever now that they've actually ordered a complete season.
Not much to go on quite yet for a review as there is only one episode. Most of the episode is Arthur's back story with a little bit of tick at the end. Being a big fan of the animated series, I do have high expectations for the performance of the individual playing the Tick. Unfortunately, this casting pick may be a miss.
Like the last attempt at a live-action version, this one is not nearly as funny as the cartoon. Although Patrick Warburton did a much better job of playing the Tick, neither version has played off the campiness correctly. So, as before, the humor is lost and the show just comes across as stupid. Even as a fan of the cartoon, this was so difficult to watch that I didn't finish the episode.
As a fan of the comic, animated show, and even moments of the previous live action affair, I do have to express my disappointment with this pilot. From start to finish, I never really felt like this was a Tick show. Sure there was a guy in a blue suit with antennae spouting non-sense about justice and salads, but the world that surrounded him never seemed to fit. The dark and edgier take probably was a great idea when it was pitched. A reflection of the evolution of the superhero genre as a whole, but somewhere in translation they forgot why we cared about the Tick. It wasn't the self aware critiquing of comics or movies, but that the Tick overall was fun.
Beyond the oddness in tone, the show seems to suffer a bit in the production end of things. I'm glad we got to see a decent amount of costumes. The Terror in particular is quite a sight to behold and lives up to his namesake, but can't say the same for the titular character. The decision to add whatever alien bug texture to the suit is right up there in the league with making Green Latern's suit 100% CGI. It looks bad, plain and simple. To go into detail we have to talk about casting for a moment:
Casting Peter Serafinowicz as big blue works to a degree. His voice is reminiscent of Townsend Coleman from the animated series, but Peter completely lacks the physicality that someone like Patrick Warburton brought to the role. I never once beleived (despite obvious soap box tricks) that Peter was over 7 feet tall and built like a mountain of muscle. His one action scene, in which he casually strolled towards the camera, swapping criminals like flies was cringe worthy. Couldn't they find a stunt double of some sort for the long shots? Heck, even when the Tick spins we can see the suit seam right under the gut. Might seem nit-picky, but combined I was just yanked outta the experience.
As for the performance itself, Peter never seemed as aloof and goofy as one would expect for the Tick... instead carrying himself more like bored voice actor working on their demo tape. The Tick is known for his rants, but they always grabbed your attention and took you on a rollercoaster ride. One moment, you're inspired, the next utterly confused, then laughing, then confused again. The speeches here just drone on and feel like background noise. (probably much like this review at this point)
This isn't the show fans were hoping for. Honestly, I'd love to see a modern take on the Tick work. Someone just grab the license and do a new cartoon.
Really was not impressed with this. The original live action show was amazing and will always be one of my favorites. This took lines and moments from that show, but lacked the "WOW" and charisma of the original. The costume looks ...off. Making more of dramatic deal out of Arthur's delusions is a weak attempt to make a great comedy into a drama-dy.
It has some potential - I did like the whole Terror tie-in, but the main actor lacks the presence of Patrick Walburton and without his crazy facial expressions, the mask does not cut it - the actor's eyes are not expression filled and would be better suited with white over the mask holes.