So there’s this cartoon called The Tick that’s about a whole bunch of comedic parodies of superheroes; e.g. the Sewer Urchin, who’s like Aquaman except he doesn’t live anywhere near the ocean so he just protects a sewer.
There’s also a live-action version that’s apparently “more adult.” Why? Why would someone do that? I mean, have you seen the cartoon? There’s an episode about a giant clown who tries to smash anyone who laughs at him …and when he hits the Tick with a bus, the nigh-invulnerable moron has a vivid soul-searching fever dream. There’s another one where the enemy is the mustache that has spontaneously appeared on the Tick’s face.
Why would you take that show and make it more adult? Isaac’s argument that nothing should be recommended for kids notwithstanding…look, I can’t describe this show briefly. You’ll just have to trust me. It didn’t deserve that.
But fear not. There is now a new live-action version of the Tick that does have some adult language but isn’t bad otherwise. It’s remarkably similar to Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Arthur is an accountant who is trying to be “normal” to please his family but is secretly obsessed with finding an infamous supervillain commonly believed to be dead. There’s also a big blue nigh-invulnerable super-strong idiot who thinks Arthur is his sidekick, a super-villainess trying to kill him, and a murderous zip-line-swinging vigilante following him for some reason. Safe to say “normal” has left the station.
I’m not even a super-fan of the original cartoon (because I can’t find it so I can’t watch it), but I still like this show. It’s fun, it’s funny, and it’s a smart parody. The super-villainess shares an HQ/condo with her ex-husband because crime doesn’t pay as well as you might think. It’s little things like that that makes the Tick different from other stupid parodies.
The Tick loves spouting dramatic speeches, and about half of them are about destiny calling Arthur to be extraordinary. Kind of like Dirk Gently, insert God for destiny and you might get a decent Christian-compatible moral out of it. In that sense it’s similar to the other superhero show that came out recently.
Isaac’s on hiatus, so maybe I’ll be back on Wednesday.