The Tick (2017)
The Tick (2017) aims to bring back the irreverent character to television where its parody of super hero stories and tropes is more relevant than ever. In a world where superheroes are normalised in society, Arthur, an ordinary human, is thrust onto an adventure after encoutnering The Tick on an investigation into the true fate of The Terror.
RoyIt will be nice to watch a superhero show which takes a tone different from all the other ones we have been watching. Also one that is shorter. I am glad it is shorter. Some of the jokes were absolute winners while others just didn’t do it at all for me. I am happy to say that Peter Serafinowicz as the eponymous Tick is quite entertaining, using many lovely metaphors that spice up even the blandest conversation. After this first episode I am not quite sold but I can see myself enjoying if not engaging with Tick, as long as Serafinowicz continues to be in the limelight. P.S. I predict that Bismuth Man will turn out to be a villain.
MattThis episode plays on the fight club convention alot. Is the Tick a figment of Arthur's mind or is he real. We do this little back and forth but the episode does leave you with a definitive conclusion by the end and I appreciated the frankness of that approached. To echo my fellow podcasters Serafinowicz is a delight on screen.
TommyThe Tick has an interesting Aesthetic. The costumes are more whimsical than the stuff we have grown used to in the modern day. What this does for the show though is that it acts as a nice contrast to the more serious stuff that happens that isn’t necessarily played off for laughs. There are some jokes and slapstick sure but there is a heart as a foundation for this show and the first episode shows this rather well. There is quite the saturation of superhero stuff out there at the moment and i think the TIck occupies an interesting corner of that space. Although light on compelling stuff i am Looking forward to see the rest of the show based on this first episode.
RoyNot all that much goes on in Tick, but watching it is enjoyable in the same way that one enjoys the simple things in life like ice cream or Mozart or puppies. Unlike melting ice cream, repetitive Mozart or business-leaving puppies, Tick doesn’t overstay its welcome, dropping in to brighten your day and then bowing out to await the next episode.
MattThe Tick firmly establishes what kind of show it is this episode and that is a cartoon brought to life. All of the character designs ring true to the flashy colour of a Saturday morning cartoon and I am truly in love with the aesthetic here. The tick continues to be charming and larger than life, which works nicely next to Arthur who is the audience's road into this wacky world.
TommyThe tick remains to be an interesting show. It’s shorter nature helps and with the Tick being the character he is, there’s just really good vibes going on. There are good setups to jokes and despite the lack of action or plot development the Tick interacting with Arthur and Arthur coming to term with his mental state is done in an entertaining and engaging way. It’s a nice show and it handles it’s parodying of the genre quite well. WIth a Punisher esque character coming into the show at the end punctuating that nicely.
RoyI don’t even really care about the plot in The Tick. Serafinowicz carries the show all by himself; any interesting plots or other characters are a complete bonus. Arthur is still resisting being a hero and this sort of plot-blocking nonsense would normally give my jimmies quite the rustling but like I said, it doesn’t matter because whatever is going on, Tick will comment on it.
MattI love how the Tick is the moral center for the this universe. He’s so good and wholesome that he comes off as crazy compared to Arthur and more typical people like you and me. When he suggests that it was Arthur who killed the villains and that Arthurs motivations were just, but the approach was unnecessarily violent I just cracked up. This is a great superhero parody, the Orville could take a queue from these guys.
TommyThe Tick’s absolute positivity is so endearing that it makes the show incredibly watchable. The plot moves at a good pace and we get little bits of intrigue that are cool to think about. Although Arthur continues to deny his call to adventure, the rest of the powered individuals continue to accost him. He goes back to work only to have the Tick come to him with this charismatic obliviousness. This is actually fleshes out slightly which was is a cool element that I hope is explored more in the future. Overkill enters the plot more concretely and he is a nice contrast to the Tick. It’s a nice episode that has the whimsy and heart we have come to expect from the Tick.
RoyThe childlike gaiety of Tick was on full display here as we see him and Arthur attend the birthday party of Arthur’s step father, Walter. This episode is chock-full of heart-warming moments with Walter and Tick and I wanted to be at that party in person. I want Tick at my birthday. Watching Tick is just an all-round good time.
MattThe moment that sticks in my mind from this episode was the Tick sitting next to Arthur's stepdad Walter and be genuinely engaged as Walter opens Birthday gifts. Peter Serafinowicz’s acting is so convincing that I could feel The Ticks excitement radiating from the television. The performance is so wonderful and engaging that you’ll be hard pressed not to smile along with the Tick at home.
TommyThis episode was an absolute Joy to watch. The plot doesn’t really move forward with Miss Lint having to go back to Arthur in order to suss out more of the Moth suit and Overkill not really being a factor either. Most of what happens is just Arthur attending a birthday celebration for his step father and the Tick obliviously tagging along and interacting with people. Its these interactions that are just the best and i sort of wish we got more of it but I think that when an episode or show leaves you wanting more it is a sign that it was great and never outstayed its welcome.
RoyDespite doing largely the same thing every week, Tick somehow doesn’t let me down. Serafinowicz’s delivery and the writing keeps Tick’s flowery prose fresh and entertaining. This episode we experience his locution with a bit more aggression than usual as he confronts Overkill again and fights some goons. I like that Arthur, Tick and Overkill team up because Overkill is a great lens through which some great Tick metaphors will be produced. There is nothing not to like here.
MattThe ability of this show to mix the mundane and the extreme is truly this shows gift. It really harkens back to the comedy of Batman “66”. The non fight between The Tick and Overkill was a particularly funny moment this episode. The two of them plotting out an area to go at it was so mundane it really brought out the hilarity this episode. I just keep thinking “how silly” while having a massive grin on my face at the same time.
TommyArthur spends the majority of the episode in the air trying to control the moth suit with the Tick and Dot in pursuit. A confrontation happens in the climax between a bunch of the characters showed so far. The Tick and his interactions with other people yet again raises the shows entertainment value and we get some cool subversions with mundane things interrupting the drama of stereotypical super hero plots which was also fun. Things end with a team-up of sorts and things to be moving along in the major plot quite nicely. The Tick remains to be entertaining and a joy to watch.