Greetings fellow lovers of justice. Break off a slice of truth pie and embrace the new day. A new day which features the first season of The Tick on Amazon. Previously in our story, we looked at The Tick having a pretty good first episode, but left the audience wanting more. Did the show succeed or did villainy rear its ugly no good head?
The main plot of this season helps reintroduce the world of The Tick to a new generation. Arthur, an accountant who had a run in with the villain The Terror as a child doesn’t believe said villain is dead. Instead, he believes he has found evidence to back up his claim and prove he isn’t crazy. He goes to investigate and runs into a large man in blue with antenna who is also nigh invulnerable known as The Tick. From here things quickly snowball out of control for dear Arthur.
There are a lot of great moments in this first season. The comedy is on point and helps to break apart the rather intense bits of drama which pop up here and there. This is no doubt trying to make fun of how serious superhero entertainment has gotten over the years. It is a bit surprising they went full adult audience though with the level of violence and certain curse words. This is probably just the reaction from someone who grew up with the cartoon show in their youth. Still, even for those thrown off a bit by the tone, the humor is there and needs to be seen be appreciated.
There are a lot of great actors which help to make this show so entertaining to watch. Peter Serafinowicz shines as the Tick and really seems to be channeling a mixture of the previous versions of the character who have come before him. Griffin Newman as Arthur plays a much more neurotic and paranoid Arthur than the one from the cartoon series, but this seems to help the series overall. Arthur as an individual who struggled with sanity before and is trying to do his best not to lose it again despite the insanity being around The Tick allows for an intriguing adventure to unfold. Hopefully, the cast will stick with it until the end.
The high production which went into this show makes it hard to distinguish it from any of the Netflix Marvel TV series. This is probably what they were going for as those shows are some of the highest and most well regarded on the platform. It also helps to sell the humor aspect of it, as it feels like you are watching an episode of Luke Cage, but just witnessed a scene where a man got into an argument with the A.I. who controls his boat.
The story ends on an intense cliffhanger, making it very obvious Amazon is hoping to do more of this series in the future. It’s shorter than a standard season of some other superhero shows but no less entertaining. If you are looking for something to watch, you shouldn’t simply dismiss The Tick as something you’ll get around to it. Such an action would be an insult to destiny.
The Tick is streaming on Amazon Prime.