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Amazon’s The Tick is a Whimsical Series That Puts the Supehero Genre on its Head

The Tick on AmazonThe Tick Series Premiere Plot Summary:

Arthur (Griffin Newman) reluctantly teams up with Tick (Peter Serafinowicz) after a run-in with Miss Lint (Yara Martinez) and her goons who are after the super-suit Tick stole from her and gave to Arthur.

The Tick is a very new type of superhero show. It cashes in on the superhero craze while almost blatantly mocking the culture that helped create it. I love it. I have had a very on again off again relationship with all things superhero. I get excited for all the new movies and shows but lately have been overloaded.

I jumped at the chance to review The Tick because it seemed different. I couldn’t really get much out of the teaser trailer I saw. I wasn’t sure if it was just a stupid and extended SNL sketch, if it was meant to be serious but failed or something else entirely. So I watched the first episode (only one available at the time.)

The pilot was bizarre. It was like an old time Batman and Robin from the 1960s. Honestly, it was awesome. If there were more episodes then, I would have destroyed the season in a matter of days(hours.) I was excited for the rest of the season to hit Amazon and that about brings us up to present.

I had some questions that I hoped were explored, the biggest being, is Tick real? No one else had seen him in the first episode and all signs pointed to the possibility that he was a figment of Arthur’s imagination. Those writers were tricky, though, sprinkling almost clues for both theories. “Where’s My Mind” delivered. Is Tick real? Yes. Which I am glad for because Arthur needs a win.

The episode starts exactly where the pilot left off — Arthur trying on the suit as Miss Lint busts in. Arthur is shot and later thrown out of the third story but his new stolen super-suit saves him. The fight between Tick and Miss Lint was over the top in just the right way. It calls to nostalgia for the old folks, irony for the haters and quick one liners for everyone else.

The Tick was created in a universe where most of the world treats superhero’s like reality stars. They do talk shows and everyone knows who they are but the presence of superhero’s in the world no longer fazes anyone. This show is similar to NBC’s Powerless, following the stories of normies trying to live their normal lives. Contrastingly, however, The Tick is a little less fond of superhero’s than Powerless. The people in Powerless were still in awe of their superheros and enjoy working for and with them. So far in The Tick, that is far from the case. I also loved the real worldness when unnamed henchmen number three quits after the showdown at Arthur’s.

The second episode of The Tick continued what the pilot started. It was whimsical and on the nose with some of the superhero cliches. It takes all of the unplausible stuff that happens in these superhero universes and brings them out into the open, shining a light on the ridiculous aspects of the trope.

The Tick is a classic superhero show turned on its side. It’s a fun watch and, if I wasn’t currently hooked on Shameless, I would finish the episodes available today.

Rating: 9 out of 10


Marley Ghizzone
Marley Ghizzone
Marley Ghizzone is the current music editor and former Breaking News Editor for The Pop Break. Aside from writing news, Marley reviews television shows and the odd film. Pop culture is her drug of choice and her talents include binge watching entire seasons of TV shows obsessively fast and crying over fictional characters. Marley is a graduate of Rowan University. Follow her on twitter: @marleyveee

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