The Tick: The Tick (2017) Second Season
April 7, 2019 2:12 PM - Season 2 (Full Season) - Subscribe

There's no chance of returning to normal after defeating The Terror. Everyone, even Superian, has to adapt to this new era.
posted by Monochrome (22 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
All ten half-hour episodes are streaming on Prime.

I generally liked it. It felt like season 1.5 did and not like season 1.0 did.
posted by Monochrome at 2:15 PM on April 7 [1 favorite]


I see Amazon's following the Netflix model of promoting their shows by...not promoting them. Okay! I'll check it out after Sabrina. Did you guys know there's new episodes of Sabrina? Probably not. How would you?!
posted by kittens for breakfast at 3:24 PM on April 7 [5 favorites]


Have only watched the first episode of S2 so far. Also was unaware that it had dropped except I was browsing for something to watch after S2E1 of Barry, because my cat is embedded on my lap and how can I disturb her?

Curious to see where this season goes. Was worried that nobody could replace Patrick Warburton as The Tick in live action, but Peter Serafinowicz's Tick by way of Adam West works really well.
posted by jzb at 6:12 PM on April 7 [2 favorites]


Just finished Ep 6 and so far this season is delightful. Without giving too much away, episode 4 is the one in which a boat made me cry. The series “villain” is suprisingly moving too. AEGIS headquarters are undoubtedly suspicious, but also a good hang. The image of Superion in earth orbit checking his social media and going bonkers is indelible. Everyone has depth and is also perfectly silly.

I think it’s the kind of absurd minor show that will turn out to sit in a sweet spot in many peoples’ hearts, the may more major shows do not.

(And if I were independently wealthy, I would totally build the Dangerboat interior as a playspace. My wife loves DB so much.)
posted by argybarg at 9:41 PM on April 7 [2 favorites]


SPOOOOON!
posted by Marticus at 3:53 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]


I really really dig this show. I was a huge fan of the animated series back in the day (and to a lesser extent the comics) and I feel like this show has captured the vibe of them without being a simple re-tred of the stories. It's just absurd enough to be "Tick"y but also has a grounded feel to it...if that makes sense. I hope Amazon continues making it.
posted by snwod at 8:30 AM on April 9 [4 favorites]


I'd watched the first season and liked it more or less, then watched and loved the 2001 version, and I can't go back to this new one after trying this episode. The sadness covers everything.
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:20 PM on April 9


I feel like Tyrannosaurus Rathbone was a Bruce Campbell character without a Bruce Campbell.
posted by jason_steakums at 5:17 PM on April 9 [3 favorites]


You know, there would be way worse things to have on your tombstone than: "Ben Edlund -- He Had a REEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY Good Idea Once".
posted by kyrademon at 10:49 AM on April 11


I had been thinking Ty Rathbone was played by Marshall Bell but I was wrong. Bruce Campbell could've done a great job.
posted by Monochrome at 1:35 PM on April 13 [1 favorite]


Valorie Curry/ Dot has been an interesting transition, and Curry really buys into the show's ethos.

The entire cast is great, really. Serafinowicz and Speiser have been strong right out of the gate, and Tudyk's voicework is in top form. Martinez is a wonderful foil.
posted by porpoise at 8:29 PM on April 23 [1 favorite]


Bruce Campbell

Bell - to me - was channeling a poor show's Nic Cage.
posted by porpoise at 12:26 AM on April 24


Finally finished season 2. Thought it was really excellent. Strong character and narrative arcs, lots of great humor (of course), and some storylines that kept me guessing. Really like what they're doing with Dot and Miss Lint, and of course The Tick and Arthur.

Also liked the many quick callbacks to earlier versions -- Mole Men! Spoon! Thrakkorzog! MAN-EATING COW!
posted by kyrademon at 3:54 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


Thrakkorzog!
I believe you mean Susan.
posted by Tabitha Someday at 6:21 PM on April 25


I just watched this entire series over a long weekend, after hearing Griffin Newman guest on MBMBAM. I totally loved it. I watched both previous series as a kid and this version captures the same bizarre manic humor, while also having an actually-compelling long term plot arc.

Incidentally, I asked my roommate if she'd ever seen The Tick or wanted to check it out, and she said "nah, I'm not into all that superhero stuff." Which kind of stunned me, because in my mind, this isn't really "a superhero show" per se. It's a comedy that happens to be about superheroes. Maybe that's an academic difference?
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:34 AM on May 6


Anyways, I could go on about all the different things I liked about this show, but I keep coming back to Superion.

I used to date a guy who was a huge Superman fan, and so (having discussed it with that guy) I both totally understand why Superman is compelling to many people while also personally finding him utterly boring as a character. In general, he's just too perfect and decent to allow for much nuance - and yet, on the flip side, most "new takes" on the character I've seen try to inject that nuance by taking away so much of his perfection or decentness that he's no longer the same character. Superman cannot be grimdark, it just doesn't work.

But Superion is a GREAT take on Superman, because he is exactly as perfect and decent as Superman is, but he is also utterly childish, and that childishness slowly develops from "doltishly charming character note" to "just as terrifying as that one Twilight Zone where the kid kept sending people to the cornfield."

I'm not a comics expert and it's totally possible that this version of Superman has been done to death and I just haven't seen it before. But for me, at least, Superion is a revelation, and I'm really glad he'll apparently have a big plot arc next season.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:45 AM on May 6 [2 favorites]


(Also I <3 DangerBoat and I sorta kinda hope they just go there and have Arthur date him by the end of the series.)
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:48 AM on May 6


Agreed- Superion is a great take on the Superman trope; I loved the cliffhanger ending where he's "Oh shit!"

I think that DangerBoat has been under-rated. <3 Alan Tudyk is a treasure. If you aren't watching Doom Patrol, it's worth taking a look.
posted by porpoise at 9:20 AM on May 6 [1 favorite]


I really liked this season. Great characters. I hope there are more seasons coming.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 6:53 AM on May 18


still_wears_a_hat: I have some bad news.

(I mean, they're saying that they're going to try someone else to pick up the show, and that could happen, but how often has that actually happened?)
posted by Spathe Cadet at 8:00 AM on May 18 [1 favorite]


I am truly the kiss of death for TV shows.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 2:26 PM on May 18


This 2005 SMBC comic reminded me of the finale.
posted by Monochrome at 7:26 PM on June 29


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