Amazon’s The Tick, part of the new Pilot Season Program, is one of three shows now available on Amazon Prime Video. The Pilot Season Program offers viewers the option to take a five to ten minute survey which will help determine if the show will be picked up as a full series. The other two shows star Jean Claude Van Dam and Kevin Bacon and weren’t unwatchable. However, in a world where capes and cowls have taken over. I wouldn’t be surprised if The Tick does get a full season.
This is the third T.V. series starring the Big Blue Bug. The first was an animated series that aired on Fox Kids in the mid 90’s. Another was a live action show that starred Patrick Warburton and aired on Fox in the early 2000’s. In my opinion one was a cult series(animated) and one was forgettable(liv e action).The live action series did have a cult following, but between it being too expensive, the lack of on screen chemistry, and poor writing the show didn’t have much of a chance for success. I’m glad that the live action is getting a second chance.
Fans had rejoiced until they heard that Patrick would only return as a producer. I enjoyed Peter Serafinowicz’s performance a lot more than Warburton’s. Granted voice actor Townsend Coleman “is” The Tick, but Peter is no slouch. He comes off as Adam West from Batman ’66 meets Moose from Archie Comics. He still keeps his unconstrained bliss. Charging into battle and swaying at the bad guys like they’re nothing. The Tick is still invincible and that is fine.
Arthur is now being portrayed by Griffin Newman. As a boy, Arthur witnessed The Terror, portrayed marvelously by Jackie Earle Haley, slaughter his childhood heroes. This is probably the best live action version of these characters that I have ever seen. Now if you did purchase The Tick live action DVD you did pick up the lost episode featuring The Terror, but the less it’s brought up the better. Here Jackie brings his classic creepy and funny at the same time. It’s a nice balance of how Arthur just wanted to enjoy his FroYo only to have The Terror come out of nowhere to wreak havoc. I don’t want to go into full details of how The Terror and future crime fighter meet besides to say it is terrifying.
Arthur still thinking that evil is still afoot heads over to the docks at night. He is listening in on criminals that have stolen, what will soon be Arthur’s famous Moth Costume. Griffin is actually the main star of this episode which is not a bad idea at all. In the cartoon, Arthur found the costume in a trashcan. Outside his apartment, and never wanted to take it off. Claiming that his life as an accountant was getting boring
In the cartoon and live action series Arthur unfortunately became a wet blanket rather quickly. He regretted finding the costume and becoming The Tick’s sidekick and became whiny and neurotic fast. In this universe, Arthur is a delight. Far from being a wet blanket. Granted he’s not ready to fight crime yet. Fans can’t wait for him to put on the costume and there is some controversy on how Big Blue and Moth will unite. Again I don’t want to give away too much, but there is “potential chemistry” with these two; more than I have seen in the past.
This version of The Tick is Alan Moore’s WatchMen meets Mark Milliar’s Kick Ass. It’s both light and dark. Making the balance between the two work rather well. People do die in this episode and they don’t sugar coat it in any way. Then a comedic moment will occur, but it doesn’t stink up the room. The Tick is still The Big Blue Brute, with a tiny brain and good intentions. Arthur has more meat to him. And as for The City, which has always been named The City. It has never looked better.
The reviews have been mixed, but with some three to five star ratings on Amazon.Com as well as IMDB and the “cliffhanger” ending. We haven’t seen the last of The Tick and Arthur.
Until Next time…SPOOOOOOON!!!
Review by HunnicOutcast.
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