This week’s binge recommendation is of the “I’m not just the President, I’m also a client” variety. I myself actually did this exact binge last weekend. Admittedly, it wasn’t a perfect time for it. The people behind the show would have likely preferred I had done it a couple months earlier. Alas, that’s the nature of the beast sometimes. Last weekend, I binged The Tick, and now I am passing that idea on to you.
If you aren’t familiar with the character of The Tick, he’s a giant big blue guy who is either in a tick suit, or is some sort of tick-like humanoid. Oh, and he’s a superhero. He’s one of the most-powerful superheroes in the world. The Tick is super strong and basically unkillable. Also, he’s dumb. Or ignorant, perhaps. He seems confused by the world around him. And then he has a sidekick named Arthur, who wears a moth suit and is just a somewhat scrawny guy in over his head.
Beyond that, there are different iterations of the Tick universe. I never read the comic, or watched the cartoon, but I did watch the FOX sitcom with Patrick Warburton as Tick. It was funny, but it lasted, like, six episodes. A couple years ago, Amazon Prime created a new version of The Tick, this time with British actor Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick and Griffin Newman as Arthur.
Given the previous iterations of The Tick, I was expectedly a supremely silly comedy with a bunch of wacky antics. That is not what this show is. It’s comedic, sure, but it had way more drama and pathos, and it even gets a little dark. It seems like the show wasn’t quite sure what it wanted to be either. The first season has a lot of swearing and some gore. You see a guy get his throat slit. It’s for mature audiences. Then, the second season is a light PG-13. It’s a little weird, to be honest.