The Tick Season 1 Review

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It has been a while since the infamous big blue hero has been on the TV, with the last episode of the original series dating back to 2002 this reboot of this cult classic hero has been anticipated for quite some time. The Tick is based on the 1986 comic book character of the same name, is a story that takes superhero tropes and makes light of them in comedic style while providing an overarching narrative at the same time. The original live action series has been held in high regard with fans of the character, which put high expectations for Amazon Studios’ reboot of the series, and to be to the point, it does it right. The Tick is fun show to watch, sometimes it is good to sit back and relax, and love the ridiculousness that is superheroes.

Unlike the original series, the reboot focuses on The Tick’s side kick, Arthur, as the main character of this season. The audience sees a character who, even after many years, still suffers from the traumatic event of his father’s murder by the villain called The Terror. It is widely believed years after this event he was killed when the hero called Superian took him down, but Arthur remains unconvinced as the body of this sinister villain was never truly found. Due to this Arthur suffers from anxiety issues and takes medication, which is advised by his family members, which is when he meets this strange blue hero he is unsure at first if he genuinely exists.

Along his journey Arthur encounters The Tick during an investigation on illegal activity in a location at the edge of the city. Soon after The Tick seems to stick onto Arthur (true to his name), as he follows him everywhere he goes. At first Arthur does not wish for the company of this blue man, but after reluctantly spending some time with him, he realizes that The Tick does not remember his past as he only recollects to when he first met Arthur. Together they form an unlikely team up as Arthur searches for the villain that killed his father, while maybe along the way help The Tick uncover a bit of this past, which shows as the characters show a tangible growth throughout the season.

Arthur (right), Overkill (middle), The Tick (right).

Along the way several other characters join the cause as they hunt down The Terror, each one of them feels true to the world that The Tick resides in and bring interesting interactions between each other. Standouts are obviously Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Griffin Newman (Arthur Everest), and Scott Speiser (Overkill). Each one, while providing their over the top performances that are in the nature of the show, they also are able to flawlessly ease between comedy and seriousness when the story needs it. Throughout the show, the actors will make you like the characters even more, both villains and heroes alike, which is what any form of entertainment could want to keep audiences engaged.

The Tick is a very unique show that especially in an era of so many superhero movies, that displays that when looked at from a different perspective, people in tight suits fighting evil is at times very ridiculous. If you are looking for a show that has a fun adventure of self-discovery, while at the same time providing some superhero action and comedy to liven up the mood, look no further. The Tick is definitely a must-watch, and being that the first season is only 12 episodes that are around 24 minutes long, the binge watch is not such a time investment. Season 1 of The Tick offers a solid foundation to build off of for future episodes and we can not wait to see more of this unlikely duo.

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