So The Tick is out on amazon Prime Video. I remember when it was first announced and how I thought: ‘this alone makes Amazon Prime completely worth it’. Please keep in mind that at that time I couldn’t for the life of me remember anything about the premise of The Tick. I remembered watching the show. I’d see gifs from the cartoon and remember seeing the scenes. I’d remember I enjoyed watching it. Couldn’t tell you anything about it other than the fact that it existed.
I didn’t even know it was based on a comic, but in hindsight that does seem somewhat obvious. Putting my lack of anything other than vague positive feelings for the franchise aside, I finally watched the new Amazon series. Putting my vague positive feelings back at the forefront, I went in expecting to find the show delightful.
I was right. I found the show delightful.
The original creator of The Tick, Ben Edlund, is a producer and writer on the show. In the Behind The Scenes featurette available with the series on Amazon Prime, Ben Edlund talks about The Tick as a riff on superheroes and superhero stories and how when you’re a fan of those stories, you can make fun of them while genuinely enjoying them. This definitely shows through in this new series which feels less like a super hero parody and more like a superhero comedy (but I suppose one must sometimes blur those lines at times to effectively blend comedy with another genre).
Personally, I like archetypes. I love tropes. They’re fun. It’s like each genre comes with a heck of a bunch of writing prompts built in. It’s fun to see what people do with it. The Tick fills its universe with a lot of people and situations we’ve seen before but it makes it feel new again by having them act like… people who’ve watched a heck of a lot of superhero content before.
It’s hard to describe. Are the characters genre savvy? Yes. But it’s not just that. It’s like the show was made with the assumption that YOU’RE genre savvy but was made to be enjoyed by those who aren’t as well.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to explain it better, but I will say it felt familiar and positive while still being tongue-in-cheek & gory at times.
Of course, when you have a world this outrageous, you need someone who’s a bit more grounded and in that we have Arthur.
I have no idea what aspects of his story might be considered spoilers so I’ll try to be semi-vague.
I found myself getting so stressed/semi-pissed on his behalf. Dude’s got PTSD & is gaslit by the whole damn world. It gets to the point that the first person to validate his beliefs? He thinks he must be hallucinating him. Griffin Newman plays Arthur, and he is a pleasure to watch. He plays “f*ck this shit, I’m out” quite beautifully. Plus, I really like his hair? Shout out to the hair department.
I love Goat and his mother. I smiled anytime I saw his mom on screen. Goat’s actor, Kahlil Ashanti, is a marvelous performer and I do hope to see more of him in the second season.
The character, The Tick is fun, Arthur is adorable & heartbreakingly relatable, Overkill was a surprise fave for me, Ms. Lint was magnificent, and of course ya got Alan Tudyk as a sentient boat.
Ms. Lint is played by Lara Martinez. She plays Rafael’s sister on Jane the Virgin. I’m just telling y’all because I saw her, loved her, & could not remember where I knew her from. Saving anyone else the brain itch.
Overkill & Ms. Lint, did they have scenes together? No. Did they have great chemistry? Yes.
Watch The Tick. It’s fun, kinda hopeful, & I await season two with great anticipation.
The Tick is available on Amazon Prime. Season 2 premieres February 23rd.