Friday, 19 August 2016

Amazon releases pilot episode of THE TICK

Ben Edlund's cult-classic superhero comic The Tick is getting another swing at becoming a TV show. It was previously an excellent animated series running from 1994 to 1996 and a brief live-action show in 2001. Amazon are behind this latest revival and have just released the pilot episode to view for free.

I absolutely loved the animated series of The Tick when it first aired, and must admit I found the notion of a live-action version somewhat absurd. That feeling lasted for as long as it took for them to announce they had cast the sublimely brilliant Peter Serafinowicz (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, The Phantom Menace, Guardians of the Galaxy) in the lead role and then that they had cast Jackie Earle Haley as arch-villain the Terror. The pilot also takes an interesting approach by showing things through the POV of the Tick's long-suffering sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman).

As pilot episodes go, this is fast, smart and very, very funny. Hopefully this will go to series.

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