The show itself is not bad, it looks like it could be pretty good, but I can't tell from just one episode. The problem is that I grew up watching the original live action version and the cartoon, which were both done really well. So it's hard for me to accept Peter Serafinowicz as the Tick after one episode. If you're a Doctor Who fan, it's like that first episode you watch when the doctor has gone through a regeneration. It's kind of a bitter sweet feeling, where you are glad the show is still on, but you are still trying to get use to the new actor. For me Patrick Warburton is The Tick, he just naturally embodies that character from appearance and facial expressions. Just as Townsend Coleman will always be the voice of The Tick, because he just did it so well.
Funny and irreverent parody of the superhero genre, The Tick manages to remain true to its comedic roots during this translation to the screen. The Tick, a well-meaning if somewhat insane and clueless blue super-being who possesses immense strength, leaping ability and near-invulnerability, meets up with reluctant sidekick Arthur, barges into his mundane life and begins his single-minded crusade to fight crime and stop evil. Many of the jokes and dialog are right from the source materials, and their delivery is ably given by the series' grinning star as he smashes and bashes baddies and city property with gleeful abandon. CGI special effects help make the mayhem over-the-top and, like the short-lived series predecessor of the same name, The Tick's trademark antennae do move about subtly. There's some potential here for this to become a fun alternative to the more serious take on comic book heroes--I really hope that this series continues and gets that opportunity !
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 .
By episode 2 Peter Serafinowicz finds his footing and delivers a commendable performance as The Tick. The world isn't as silly as the versions from the Saturday Morning Cartoon or the short-lived sitcom, but the heroes and villains that do show up are delightfully over the top. It's darker than the old cartoon. Story line is decent, cast is decent.
At some points it feels like it was trying to be Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which uses the same formula and character types but does it so much better.
It's a decent show, you should watch it. But you'll probably only want to watch it once. It could have been a lot more. I'm guessing Amazon either didn't want to risk too much on this show or wasn't sure what they wanted to do with it.
I discovered the comic of The Tick in 1990. Watched both the Fox animated and live action. Whatever flaws those series had, whatever deviations from the source material, they most certainly weren't boring. I'm not sure what the element is here -- just too much exposition, too much trying to be a "real" hero and not a parody of heroes, or what it is -- but I was bored midway through. Add to it the set up of not being quite sure at this point if this is actually The Tick, or some sort of Fight Club twist and I'm skeptical as to whether it'll recover from this pilot. I gave it three stars on hope and nostalgia, but that'll only last so long.
The attraction for me has always been that the dialogue was creative and funny without slumping to profanity (Kat Man Dude? Fantastic!). Frankly I'm disappointed in the coarse language. It drags the show down. Ben Edlund knows how to do it right and I really wish he would gather the other writers and show them how it's done. Peter Serafinowicz is terrific. Who knew a childlike super hero could be so engaging? I'm hoping for better.
Being a fan of the cartoon and the other live action show, I was eager to give this pilot a shot. The costumes look a bit off (for both Arthur and Tick), but that may be because they want to set themselves apart from the other two renditions. The comedy was on point (I recognized lines from the cartoon on a few occasions), but some of the pacing was off overall. I think switching tones between full on comedy and gritty reality is a bit jarring, but I can respect that this team wants to be a bit different this time around. The acting was good, and I think this show has some potential once things get fleshed out a bit and the show gets its own footing. It's really hard to judge what could be from only an episode. Netflix gambles with producing a whole season for new shows, but I think it's payed off for them for thw most part. I really hope The Tick gets the green light for a whole season as I'd love to see what this version turns into.
While we love the goofy, rambling "Destiny's warm hand is resting in the small of your back" writing – not to mention pretty decent casting/directing/acting – we were disappointed by the unexpected graphic deaths and semi-frequent f-bombs. A TV-14 rating doesn't lead me to expect Rated-R material. TV-MA seems more appropriate. There is much to like about the show, some really great attention to detail and a great storyline. But we can't watch this with family or polite company. I certainly wasn't expecting Moana or anything, but the amount of blood spatter is pretty over the top at times. (and I get it: "Overkill" lives up to his name, but I'm sure there was another way to convey the idea. It almost seems like a lazy, gratuitous shortcut.)
I'm not sure how I feel about this pilot. I wasn't much for the original live version of the Tick....the cartoon was just way too hilarious, and nonsensical. This newer version is way too dark, and the humor was somewhat lacking. As some have suggested before, the writers should review the original cartoon to see the lovable, somewhat idiotic Tick we all love to watch. Will wait and see if the other episodes are equally dark and not the light comedy that the Tick cartoon and Warburton live action shows were. I can't image a version of the "Three yaks and a hog", no wait "Susan", I mean the Thrakkorzog episode with this new show.