The Tick Trailer Underwhelms With Stilted Comedy, Uninteresting Action
The Tick
(Last Updated On: July 13, 2017)

The old live-action show of The Tick, based on the 1990s cartoon that was based on the comic book, was a delightfully devilish guilty pleasure. The comedy was slick and taut, and the casting was practically pitch perfect. In fact, Patrick Warburton was expertly cast as The Tick, and David Burke was almost too perfect as the reluctant and worrisome Arthur. Liz Vassey and Nestor Carbonell also rounded out the cast with a great balance as Captain Liberty and Batmanuel.

The cheesy plots, the ridiculous rubber suit and Warburton’s off-kilter comic timing made it a bit of a gem, and reminded me of the more humanized super-hero schtick that Zack Snyder’s The Watchmen was gunning for.

Unfortunately, the understated realism and metropolitan flair from the original 2001 live-action series of The Tick hasn’t seemed to translate that well into Amazon Prime’s new super hero web-series. The latest trailer for the show tries and falters when it comes to comedy timing or attempting to draw laughs from any sort of social commentary or genre irony. You can check it out for yourself below, courtesy of JoBlo.

Many of the commenters had the same issues I had with it. The costume looks pretty cheap, despite the headpiece being slightly more accurate to the comic incarnation; the problem is that the outfit has a lot of busywork going on and the actor certainly doesn’t have the physique to pull it off. It gives his upper body this boxy look while his lower body looks kind of thin. Warburton really filled out the original Tick outfit, and the solid rubber muscle made it look as silly as it did authentic. That’s not to mention that the old 2001 outfit actually did look a lot more like it would be bulletproof compared to the spandex and lycra outfit that this new guy is wearing.

The action sequences also come off as underwhelming and a bit like a spoof on Deadpool, or maybe I’m just not in the right mind frame to understand what they were going for? It wasn’t violent enough to be labeled as a black comedy, and it wasn’t over-the-top enough for the screwball comedic effect. It kind of solemnly rests somewhere in between, like a half-hearted attempt at something entertaining that just kind of fizzles out. The comedy also fell flat for me; I neither chuckled nor laughed.

I do wonder if they’ll bring back the other heroes or will they focus on The Tick and Arthur for the first season? I also wonder if they’ll revive the American Maid or if they’ll go with Captain Liberty? I always personally preferred the American Maid because it was such a ridiculous super hero gimmick that was designed to be overtly badass.

Anyway, the 2017 revival of The Tick is set to air on Amazon Prime starting August 25th.


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  • Phasmatis75

    Know we’ll disagree, but the original pilot episode I actually liked. It wasn’t laugh out loud hilarious, nor was it guilty pleasure action, but it was entertaining enough to pass the time. I’ll have to check out the original live action show.

    • I haven’t seen the original Amazon pilot all the way through that was passed around before… I think I started watching it but then had to do some other stuff and stopped. I might check it out just to see how it is.

      • Phasmatis75

        Slow start, but it really starts going near the end. I enjoyed it for what it was, it’s own iteration. Though I haven’t seen the previous one or the comic so perhaps I’m a bit ill informed on the subject.

        • Ah okay. It’ll re-add it to my watch list.

          If you have time to check out the old live-action Fox TV show, there’s an episode of I would suggest called “Couples”. It guest stars Ron Perlmen. I laughed so hard at that episode. Perlmen really stole the show.

          • Phasmatis75

            Know any platform that is streaming it?

  • Bamf

    I wish they’d just bring back the animated series.

  • tajlund

    Warburton is seriously underrated as a comedic genius. He and his son did a reality show last year (only a couple episodes) and it was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. (His son does a perfect impersonation of him too).

    A very underrated movie by him is Rock Slyde, a very funny noir parody. His voicework on Tales from the Borderlands was amazing too, he really made Vasquez nearly as loathsome as Handsome Jack.

  • Kyle Haddad

    This is going to be the second time they’re rebooting this. I believe the first time had Patrick Warburton in the titular roie. I don’t think it’s going to work. The Tick works better as a Cartoon/Comic anyway than something that has to be constrained by reality.

  • Cinj

    Any word on what’s going on with Jean Claude Van Johnson, which was absolutely hilarious?

  • Daniel Ream

    a bit like a spoof on Deadpool

    In a world where Deadpool already exists, The Tick is superfluous.

    • Bamf

      I would’t go that far, but I do agree that this looks unnecessary.

  • I think this series is trying to capture some of the darker aspects of the early issues of the NEC Tick comic. Yet it seems to be ignoring or toning down Tick’s psychosis. The pilot really didn’t hook me, and this new trailer still gives off the vibe that the showrunner is not sure what direction this should go.

    • Well said. I tend to agree… the Tick just kind of comes off as crazy here and not really likable. Maybe it changes throughout the series, but it just didn’t hook me.

  • Disqusted

    Already looks bad just from the header shot.