The Tick: Exterminate or Let Live?

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Amazon TV Show The Tick
Amazon TV Show “The Tick” has been gathering some strong reviews on Amazon Prime TV & Video. Here, we share some of the critical review of The Tick along with some of the laudatory reviews.

Amazon TV Show The Tick

What is The Tick about?
The Tick is a character that’s existed in a variety of different incarnations. The big blue superhero, who’s always been somewhat self-aware and self-referential, began life in the 1980s as a sort of mascot for New England Comics, a comic book store chain. Eventually, the store began publishing a regular comic book series featuring the character, created by Ben Edlund. Later, The Tick was adapted into an animated TV series (1994). In 2001, The Tick surfaced as a short-lived live-action series, starring Patrick Warburton as the The Tick.

The Tick is Revived
After a couple of years of development, a revival of The Tick was announced. Peter Serafinowicz would be taking over the title role of The Tick. Edlund, the original creator of the character itself and the two previous TV series, would be in charge and listed as the writer, with Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer, directing. Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Yara Martinez and Brendan Hines are also part of the cast.

The Premise of The Tick
The premise of The Tick, according to Amazon’s synopsis, entails “an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.”

Will The Tick Survive?
Will The Tick survive as an Amazon TV Show? So far, the reviews have been mixed. Here are a few of the the reviews of The Tick from the Amazon Prime TV & Video website.

The Tick Amazon TV

The Tick: Exterminate This Time-Sucking Bug!

Critical Reviews:

I don’t mind f bombs and a’hole language but all the taking God’s name and Jesus’s name was out of place. I didn’t get the reasoning behind that and other anti God remarks in some of the episodes.I thought Amazon could have done a lot better. I really wanted something fun to watch and for a tiny bit it was, then the tone of the series took a dump. Who are the intended viewers?

The pilot seemed like it would be great but I have watched the first 3 episodes since the pilot and it is kind of annoying. It may get better but I really don’t want to waste my time to find out.

After seeing the pilot several months back, I was cautiously optimistic for this show. I really wanted to like it, but if there’s any show out there that didn’t need a gritty reboot, it was The Tick. The lightheartedness and spirit of both the animated and old live action versions is completely gone, replaced by an insufferably annoying Arthur, humorless characters, F-bombs and excessive violence. All the things that made the original renditions of The Tick lovable and hilarious are completely absent. Instead, we get a humorless, overly serious and dramatic re imagining of a character that was meant to poke fun at superhero tropes, not fall prey to them. Seriously Amazon, don’t let your millennial interns oblivious to the tone and tenor of the source material write the scripts for any more shows you intend to reboot.
Isak Swearingen

While there were definite funny parts throughout the episodes I couldn’t get pass the disappointment and frustration of the common use of the F-word along with a few very gory fight scenes. Every time the f-word is used it’s like being punched in the face when you’re not looking. The show is rated TV-14 and yet the content does not seem to align. I really wish Amazon provided a filtering system like VidAngel so for one thing I can at least see what questionable content is in the show and then decide whether or not it is even worth watching with a filter on. Amazon’s streaming is already sub-par at best. This just adds to my frustrations.
Nathan & Julie Dickamore

This show had such great potential. The two main characters are very well cast and funny. However, the language is horrible. I don’t want to hear such garbage, and I certainly wouldn’t want children to hear the horrible language. Too bad that such a great idea had to be ruined by unnecessary language and excessive gore. This could have been a great family show.
TM Liston

The Tick cartoon was fantastic, fun, and witty. The pilot showed a lot of promise and we were excited for it to start. This version brings some of that fun to a live action version, but I think it was a mistake to combine a fun loving show with the degree of adult language and violence that it has.
Amazon Customer

If you liked the Cartoon, Then this is a HUGE let down. The show can best be described as if some fan recounted, while drinking, the 90’s cartoon to someone who was really into reality TV, but had NEVER seen a cartoon. Then the Reality TV person wrote down all the funny lines the could remember. Thenusing some of the lines they remember they rewrote a script they found in the trash about the MCU about some hero’s daddy issues. To summarize it was probably a good show until the producers got a hold of it. Actors were great, writing was ok, overall story was full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.
Brad Hartshorn

The Tick

The Tick: Let It Live!

Positive Reviews

It is almost impossible to write about this pilot without mentioning the FOX animated and short-lived (but very far ahead of its time) live-action series. When I heard Amazon was bringing “Tick” back, I didn’t get my hopes up. Superheroes are everywhere now, in both dramas and comedies on pretty much every network. While this superhero comedy was always destined to do better on the internet, surely “Tick” could not bring anything new to the table? While the story wasn’t anything unique to the superhero genre of today, the casting, production value, and snappy script upend expectations. Peter Serafinowicz is a master of accents and had the perfect cadence for Tick. The more bleak, yet comical tone of the pilot really worked for me. I am guessing this was designed for a post-DC CW superhero show world. I am glad they didn’t make Tick completely absent-minded as he was in the previous series and the humor felt natural instead of self-conscious and artificial, as it did before. The characters also felt more real than they have in previous incarnations. I could go on, but I don’t feel I have to. I already have the feeling that this version will last much longer than it ever would’ve on FOX or broadcast in general.
Delicious Milkshake

At first I was a little worried about the tone of the pilot. I was not sure how they were going to go. Were they going down the path of Marvel? Were they going to mess up The Tick world like they did with DC. Nope they wanted a real world, with the Tick. I love it. It was different then the cartoon, past TV show and the comic but I think what they did was bring in all the great elements from all the past content. Peter Serafinowicz is so funny as The Tick. He has mastered the Monolog. Thank you for some great casting. I hope this show take off. It really makes me happy to see it come back once more.
E. Linder

An old show in a new infancy! Everybody was a baby once. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once! Babies, tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope! And you’ve got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception!
Let your journey into hugeness teach us all a lesson. Absolute power is a sticky wicket. And rebooted series are the stickiest. Some of the best things come in small packages. But large things can’t! Unless they’re inflatable, or require some assembly, or unless they’re hearts. Yes, giant, juicy, loving hearts! As big as the moon, but much, much warmer!
Amazon Customer

The episode is a little short for what is presented. Perhaps an hour long episode would have been a better choice. Tick’s speech at the end, about the monomyth perfectly sums up the episode. Arthur has a call to adventure when his father is killed by the Terror, he refuses the call to adventure when he meets the Tick at first, then the Tick becomes his mentor, and Arthur puts on his returned elixer suit so that he can be thrust into a world of adventure with the Tick! Please make this your new series Amazon…also, make several seasons, there is a huge fanbase for this.

Amazon TV Show The Tick

What is your take on The Tick?
Should this boring, time-leeching TV show be squashed? Should The Tick be exterminated? Or, should The Tick be allowed to live? Leave a comment!

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