New Tick series


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So, New Tick series
to be Darker and more grounded......

oh god why?


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Because it is hard to get a TV series out there that is not either Grim Dark or lighthearted and "wacky."


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Greylurker wrote:

So, New Tick series

to be Darker and more grounded......

oh god why?

the original comic was pretty dark in places (where it wasn't silly). I remember being surprised with the comparison between the comic and the cartoon and tv series.


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"You just made my head hot. I'm not going to let you make my friend's head hot"

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I'm hoping darker means Man Eating Cow will make an appearance.

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I'm upset that it won't be starring Patrick Warburton. Being darker... it could work. In the comic Night of a Million Zillion Ninjas was very dark while still being funny.


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The pilot is out now. It's magnificent.

Darker and more grounded? Kind of, I guess? The only thing I get from that is:

Spoiler:
That the first chunk of the pilot is from Arthur's POV, and he has this traumatic background about his father being killed by the villaint. Which is done in a really, darkly hilarious way. And I'm pretty certain Edlund is deliberately taking the mickey out of all the grimdark superhero films in this bit.

The second The Tick shows up, things get a bit looser and funnier.

Also, I thought Patrick Warburton not doing it - although he's still involved as a producer - was going to be a problem, but then they announced the brilliant, brilliant Peter Serafinowicz* as his replacement and he is excellent in the role. No problem there at all.

* From SPACED, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE PHANTOM MENACE (he was the original voice of Darth Maul), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and his own British comedy series, not to mention the mastermind behind the SASSY TRUMP YouTube videos. He is a legit comic legend. Almost no other actor could pull off those Tick-style incredibly hyperbolic speeches as well.

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I'll urge anyone who likes the Tick to not only watch the pilot, but rate and review it on Amazon. They factor in all of these things when determining which shows to pick up for full seasons.


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Oh yeah, and fill out the form after watching as well.

I don't think we have to worry too much. Like THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE last year, it's absolutely crushing the opposition.

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It's not an actual competition. Amazon will pick up multiple shows if they do well enough in pilot season. It's really a matter of competing against itself to see if it gets enough good ratings and views. So any or all of the current pilots could be picked up.


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Damon Griffin wrote:

Amazon sez:

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This is the link for US:

SPOOON!

Werthead's link was the UK one.


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Thanks for the US link. Script/dialogue wasn't bad (to be expected with Ben Edlund writing), but...

I found the Tick as cast...underwhelming, in terms of both physical presence and most of his oratory. The patterning on his costume off-putting; made me think he was dressed in a giant rubber bathmat. Fighting style? Decidedly un-dynamic.

The Terror just looked ridiculous.

The alarm clock/wakeup/"crime lab" scene was a nice callback to the cartoon series.

I probably don't want to see any more.


Dot.

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I liked the more Adam West delivery. It's not better than Patrick Warburton, just different and entertaining.


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Watched the pilot today. Enjoyed it and laughed out loud several times. Would definitely watch more episodes.


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I was intrigued. If this gets picked up for a season, I'll definitely be watching. I like how it's more strongly tied to the story and characters from the comic and the animated series. Jackie Earle Haley as the Terror cracked me up.

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I wasn't really impressed, but it was pretty funny in places ("The missile was full of syphilis!"). I would rather Amazon pick up a full season of Jean Claude Van Johnson than the Tick.


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I was intrigued. If this gets picked up for a season, I'll definitely be watching. I like how it's more strongly tied to the story and characters from the comic and the animated series. Jackie Earle Haley as the Terror cracked me up.

His angry eating of the kid's ice cream was the episode highlight for me.

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So now that it's out, how'd people like it?

I thought it was a good but different version than we've seen before. I'm still not 100% sold on the serial nature of it - in some ways I feel it limits some of the wackiness as it's harder to introduce as many new characters.

That being said there's a lot to like, even if Arthur's journey was a bit slow.

Favorite line:

Spoiler:
"She shoots glass eyes!"

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I really liked this series. I had no strong ties to the original series or any other form of this, so I had really no expectations for it. I found Serafinowicz hilariously over the top as The Tick, it made me laugh in ways I did not expect and I liked Arthur as not-so-straight-man to Tick.

Villains were fun, and I always like Jackie Earle Hayley in everything. He had some of the best lines in the show, alongside with Tick himself of course.

Spoiler:
"CLIFFHANGER!"

I am looking forward to see the series continue.

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Miss Lint is, in my opinion, one of the best villains in superhero video media today. Her performance is superb, and I hope that she gets an Emmy consideration (now that they do the whole netflix/prime thing in with traditional tv).

I'm loving the series, and can't wait for the back half of season 1 to come out later this year. The sad undercurrent is something that brings some feels in a good way that keeps it from being soapy or emo.

Favorite Line:

Spoiler:
Walter: Look at you!

Tick: *laughs* IMPOSSIBLE!


Hopefully it's dark and gritty in same way Rick and Morty is.

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Delightful wrote:
Hopefully it's dark and gritty in same way Rick and Morty is.

Episodes 1-6 are definitely not.


I wouldn't consider it too dark an gritty. maybe my sense of dark and gritty has just been pushed to the extreme by other shows. well with the exception of the following.

The villain definitely has that dark and gritty feel. He's so evil true acts of horror seem casual and amusing to him. plus you know arthur's whole life seems pretty dark and gritty.

Love the tick he feels so adam west-ish.


So this was only half of the first season. There are twelve episodes in season 1, but Amazon only released the first six. No release date set yet for episodes 7-12, but it looks like it won't be until next year. I hope they don't make us wait long.

Info here.


I feel like if your waiting a year to release the second half you should just call it season 2.


Just finished watching Season 1 (the rest of Season 1 was released yesterday). It was magnificent. They seemed to listen to criticism of the first episode and made it less grimdark and more like a live-action cartoon, which was definitely the best path to take.

Overkill was the Punisher/Batman satirical character we've always needed ("We'll work...near each other." "Do you mean together?" "DID I SAY TOGETHER? I WORK ALONE!"). Serafinowicz nailed every scene he was in. Jackie Earle Haley was superb as the villain. The situations they got into were more and more absurd and also funnier and funnier (the robot detective in a fedora was the biggest WTF moment in the whole show, which is really saying something). Dangerboat is also great, since it is vital that Alan Tudyk continues to get gainful employment.

Midnight also had one of the greatest lines of dialogue ever:

Quote:
"I'm just a simple plain-talking German Shepherd who can start fires with his mind, but it humbles me to know that so many good people, like yourself, find meaning in my secular journey."

Season 2 in 2019. Can't wait.

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Really enjoyed this too, and the 2nd half was better paced than the first, I felt. Arthur's development was really strong. Was already a fan of Yara Martinez, but really enjoying Ms. Lint and looking forward to seeing her continue.

Agreed Overkill was an excellent and much needed Punisher parody.

Really I have enjoyed all the characters. Dot's role has surprised me as being pretty interesting and increasingly more so. And of course I'm loving the Tick's quest for self-identity as well as the easter egg head-nod to "spoon."

Ended nicely while leaving good stuff open for a following season. Intrigued by one of the reveals toward the end and wondering where that's going.


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I'm still having a little trouble processing that Arthur's chatty, upbeat, fan of superheros, everyman step-dad Walter and Jules-Pierre Mao of The Expanse are played by the same actor. However, only Alan Tudyk could voice Dangerboat.

And I knew I recognized Midnight the supercanine's voice from somewhere:

Spoiler:
It's Townsend Coleman, also known as the voice of The Tick from the animated version.

Really enjoyed this second half better than the first. Liked the Tick's "Spoon" and Arthur's "Not in the face." callbacks to the animated show. The lowercase t ejector pod almost killed me from laughing.


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I'm still having a little trouble processing that Arthur's chatty, upbeat, fan of superheros, everyman step-dad Walter and Jules-Pierre Mao of The Expanse are played by the same actor.

He's also Pierre Chang/Marvin Candle/That Dude From Those DHARMA Videos on LOST.

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It's Townsend Coleman, also known as the voice of The Tick from the animated version.

Yup, and Patrick Warburton (Live Action Tick #1) is a producer on the show. Edlund knows to keep his peeps close.

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"I don't follow tracks. Tracks follow me."


I really enjoyed the show. 2019 seems like a long way off.


Trailer for season 2 of The Tick

Season 2 premieres April 5th.


Season 2 has landed and it's excellent, superior to the first season. They also released the whole thing at once (only 10 episodes rather than 12). I thought the lack of The Terror would be a problem, but the new villains are excellent (minor villain Edgelord, being a master of social media who is basically a wannabe Kylo Ren, is my new favourite), there's some amazing riffs on other superhero properties ("Think of AEGIS as...a 'shield', if you will") and the actors are all on fire. It's also good that Arthur is just embracing being a hero, so no more "Arthur perennially having a nervous breakdown" and more "Arthur decides to kick some arse".

Also, Dangerboat's origin story is amazing. Hats off to Alan Tudyk for making the origin story of a disembodied AI in control of a non-flying flying boat so touching.

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Oooh, ooh, ooh, how did I miss this? Will have to pick it up as soon as I can.


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Werthead is right, season 2 is better (and possibly weirder) than season 1. Lots of fun & funny homages to other pop culture, especially the Donner Superman stuff.

Tudyk is kicking ass, both as Dangerboat and as Mr. Nobody over in Doom Patrol (which is also weird and excellent, but in a completely different way than The Tick).


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That last season was really good. I like that the actor has The tick as more of quirky then just an idiot. Arthur actually figuring out things is pretty cool to I hate when shows establish a smart character but never reinforce it.

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I finally finished last night, and really enjoyed it. My favorite Easter egg was a news ticker reference to Man Eating Cow from the comics.

Was sad that Amazon cancelled the show though, and hoping someone else picks it up, since the teases for season 3 really piqued my interest.


Why they got to go and cancel all that I love!?!

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This season was REALLY good. I really hope someone else picks up the show, I hate that it was cancelled, but I like the idea that it could move to a better service than Amazon Prime. I hate that on Amazon you have to subscribe to Prime to watch their shows, rather than just buy the shows you want. I don't order enough from Amazon to justify the cost of a Prime membership, and streaming-alone services like Netflix cost a lot less. (I watched the Tick with friends at their house. Yes, I understand that my not subscribing to Prime to watch the show might have helped hurt the show. A Prime Subscription still costs too much for just access to streaming.)

There is an effort to #savethetick. A Change.org petition is here, for those that don't mind getting a trillion spam emails from Change.org for decades to come.

I need me more Ms. Lint. And Arthur. And Dot. And the Tick. And even Overkill and Dangerboat. And the Third Nipple Dude. And Walter. And...

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DeathQuaker wrote:
I hate that on Amazon you have to subscribe to Prime to watch their shows, rather than just buy the shows you want. I don't order enough from Amazon to justify the cost of a Prime membership, and streaming-alone services like Netflix cost a lot less.

FYI - Technically, you can sign up just for Prime Video, without the full Prime bundle, during signup, you can change from the regular Prime monthly or annual plan to a Prime Video only plan. It's $8.99 a month though, so not really the greatest deal, but is cheaper than the full Prime bundle.

Also, if you're enrolled in college, you can get a Prime Student annual plan for half the price of regular Prime.

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I was not aware of that. Too late to support the Tick, but good to know.

I work for a university, and while I think technically I could use my .edu address to get a student plan account, it would be dishonest.


DeathQuaker wrote:

I was not aware of that. Too late to support the Tick, but good to know.

I work for a university, and while I think technically I could use my .edu address to get a student plan account, it would be dishonest.

They've also been cracking down on it...I used to use the .edu account of my old job (which advertised cheap Amazon Prime as a work benefit!), and last year they asked for documentation for graduation date or something.

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