Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fingering Foul Fruit, or Thoughts on The Fancy New Gritty Tick Reboot on Amazon

 Now more than ever, we need the Tick.  It’s perfect timing, as we now find ourselves living in a superhero universe.  After Deadpool (2016) and the uneven Suicide Squad (2016), Amazon’s The Tick (2016) reboot is a refreshing parody that the world is finally ready to embrace.  From Ben Edlund, TV writer and director from Firefly, The Venture Bros, Supernatural, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Gotham, The Tick has been on the fringe of pop culture, first as an indie comic book, then a 90’s cartoon, and a live-action 2001 series with Patrick Warburton.
The new reboot is darker (well as dark as the Tick can get) with a clever potential Mr. Robot/Fight Club twist (don’t you love how we can speak in movie shorthand, it’s a thing we do, it’s why we’re friends), and follows Arthur’s story for the first time.  Arthur as you know is the sidekick, and has always been full-formed, a bunny suit wearing accountant (calm down, of course I know he’s a moth) and the relatively more responsible (at least he has an apartment) half of the superhero duo. 
Now portrayed by Griffin Newman as Arthur Everest (did he even have a last name before this reboot), he's not an accountant anymore, he's a conspiracy theory shut-in vigilante who’s off his meds (hence the maybe Mr. Reboot twist).  I’m embarrassed to admit that I never gave Arthur a second thought when I watched the cartoon; it always was so much fun watching the nigh-invulnerable Tick smashing rooftops and spouting his signature Adam West inspired non-sequiturs of justice.
British actor Peter Serafinowicz, who you may remember as Shaun’s flatmate Pete from Shaun of The Dead (2004) plays the Tick and, Valorie Curry from Veronica Mars plays Arthur’s sister Dot.  She’s now an EMT, which I’m sure will come in handy in upcoming episodes.  I’m looking forward to the return of American Maid/Captain Liberty, Die Fledermaus/BatManuel and hopefully, The Little Wooden Boy.  Incidentally, Batmanuel was played by Nestor Carbonell of Lost and currently Sheriff Romero from Bates Motel.


  
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