THE TICK

The spoof su­per­hero reboot ticks all the right boxes...

Empire (UK) - - REVIEW -

1 THE TICK UN­LEASHED

Fif­teen years af­ter the ex­cel­lent short­lived Fox show, Ben Ed­lund’s big, blue, bonkers su­per­hero re­turned for an Amazon pi­lot. This time he’s played by Peter Ser­afi­now­icz, and the Bri­tish ac­tor nails The Tick’s buf­foon­ery in this scene where he tries to re­veal side­kick Arthur’s secret lair. (He doesn’t have one.)

2 MEET THE TER­ROR

An al­most un­recog­nis­able Jackie Earle Ha­ley has lots of fun in this flash­back to the mo­ment when his un­speak­able su­pervil­lain, The Ter­ror, meets a young Arthur sec­onds af­ter ac­ci­den­tally crush­ing his dad. If it goes to se­ries, ex­pect to see a lot more of Ha­ley.

3 THE CLIFFHANGER

Di­rected by The Dark Knight DP Wally Pfis­ter and writ­ten by Ed­lund, the show has a grit­tier at­ti­tude, vastly dif­fer­ent from the OTT stylings of the 2001 take. It even has an open end­ing as Arthur (Grif­fin New­man), min­utes af­ter be­com­ing a su­per­hero, ap­pears to have been shot. “New plan,” says The Tick.

THE TICK is stream­ing now on amazon prime

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