Amazon Prime’s THE TICK, A Review

by on August 25, 2017

in Entertainment, web series

The TIck review

So I have historically been a fan of The Tick franchise since the comics and even beyond the pages of the comics and into the cartoon. And The Tick is a wonderfully funny, quirky, nigh-invulnerable kind of silly super hero. He’s not the brightest bulb in a box of bowling balls. In fact, he’s probably a bit insane, but we’ve never quite covered that aspect of the big, blue guy.

The Tick products on Amazon.

Then about a year ago Amazon held a bit of a contest on what new show to produce and among a few options that experimentally aired, The Tick got the most attention and they decided to go with it.

I was anticipating the premiere of The Tick ever since. And then I watched the Amazon Prime offered series.

The teaser text reads,

“In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers comes to suspect his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover the conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. They launch into an adventure brimming with crazed archvillains, blood-soaked vigilantes, and superhuman freakery.”

To be honest, it’s hard to translate the humor on the pages and how readers interpret that humor in their heads while reading it, and project it successfully onto the screen. But they managed.

They managed to employ that snarky humor pretty well, with a lot of the usual Tick phrasing skills and such, but it felt like they missed the mark on this first season of the show.

In the comics, I don’t remember Arthur’s character being explored as in-depth as they did in this series and to be honest, well, the Prime series should have been called Arthur.

Throughout the short , six-episode web series, we have a few moments of Tick demonstrating his physical prowess, then exploring his mental powers, touched on where he came from, and other nuances. Or I should say they touched on it, but we never really got much about the big guy. He has no clue where he’s from or much of anything else, but at least he knows his mental capacity is not up to snuff, hence, his desire to have Arthur as his sidekick.

But mostly, Tick spend the season trying to talk up Arthur and convince Arthur about his destiny and such. And that destiny involves his moth suit.

Most of the show was truly about Arthur. We learned he has mental issues from an event that took place in his youth. That he needs meds to keep it together to some degree, and that he is pursuing a criminal who is believed to be dead, but he thinks otherwise.

If you watched or read the cartoons, you knew things about Arthur, whose battle cry in the comics was “Not in the face, not in the face!!!” And because you know that, the rest of this web series makes perfect sense, in no matter what setting Arthur is in.

But I’ve seen other reviews that were written by folks who may have never seen the cartoon or read the comics. So they were befuddled by Arthur’s issues in various situations.

But it was the Arthur we know.

But the problem was that the series was more or less totally about Arthur and the bad guys, with Tick just along for the ride. So that was a bit disappointing. But still, they hit on many of the quirky key humor patterns the franchise tended to deliver, and that was fun. But I wanted more Tick action/wisdom.

But so far, over on IMDb, after almost 4,000 votes in on IMDb, they’ve been enjoying the show, giving it a 7.2/10.

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