TV Review of The Tick (2017)
I remember being a kid and watching my favorite animated blue hero shout “SPOOOON!!!!” I missed the Patrick Warburton version of the hero, but with Amazon Prime’s new take I was convinced to not miss it. The Tick is only six episodes, but it’s a solid three hours of binge watching if you’re a fan of superheroes, the Tick, or solid storytelling.
The Tick is the hero our TVs need and Arthur is who we deserve!
The shows focuses on Arthur’s (Griffin Newman) origin story and his meeting with the Tick (Peter Serafinowicz). His backstory is a tragic one, but his rise to the moth-clad hero with the assistance of the Tick is a compelling arc for the season to undertake. Arthur is convinced that a villain, The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley), is still alive despite the rest of the world believing he is long dead.
The show is definitely not suitable for a younger audience as there is no filter on language or violence at times. However, the loving optimism found within the Tick is ever present and only shines more brightly juxtaposed with the grittier world of this take on the characters. Overkill (Scott Speiser), a Punisher-esque anti-hero, is a nice addition to the costumed parade and offers some entertaining action sequences.
Newman really is a likeable lead character in Arthur. His relationship with his sister, Dot (Valorie Curry), is complex, but they clearly need each other. The Tick only complicates their relationship. Unlike Dot, he encourages Arthur to find his true self and embrace destiny rather than treating him like a delicate egg that’s easily shattered on the floor of injustice. Since their chance meeting, the Tick has only pushed Arthur to step into the role he’d always dreamt of having before the tragedy that struck him as a child.
The villains in the show are pretty great as well. Ms. Lint (Yara Martinez) and Ramses IV (Michael Cerveris) are the present day challenges. Then the shadow of the Terror that looms over the City despite Superian (Brendan Hines) killing him years before. Terror’s reign of fear persists in citizens and his evil influence still keeps Lint and Ramses in charge of crime. The world that the creators have constructed is compelling and feels very tangible thanks to the performances of the characters.
Few TV shows have pulled me in so quickly and convinced me to skip out on movies and instead watch three hours of TV. The next season can’t come fast enough for me and, if you have Prime, you should definitely check out this dark comedy superhero series. The Tick earns the Must See rating.
It was pointed out in the comments that only the first half of season 1 has been released.