Will this be third time lucky for the Tick? After a successful animated series, and a short-lived but cult favourite live action show 15 years ago, the Tick is back on Amazon Prime in the form of Peter Serafinowicz – who, it has to be said straightaway, is far and away the strongest part of this pilot episode, pitching his performance at exactly the right level for the humour and the drama to work.
The show certainly has potential – there are elements of both Get Smart and the much-missed Sledge Hammer! in the set-up, which seems to be going for the Greg Berlanti style of TV superheroes rather than the dourer Agents of SHIELD. This is a world where you can access a database of superheroes and the best of them – Superian – turns up with Whoopi Goldberg on TV. A world where Arthur – who has all the attributes needed for a sidekick, at least according to the Tick – is well-known because of the way his father died…
The show is written by Ben Edlund, who created the character in the first place, but doesn’t assume you know anything about past appearances. It takes a little bit of time to get going, as it sets up Arthur and his backstory above that of the titular character, but there’s more than enough in here to bring you back… if Amazon give it the go-ahead. (Certainly it’s head and shoulders about the Jean Claude Van Damne nonsense!)
Verdict: A fun half hour. 7/10