Friday, October 14, 2011

The Tick (Season 1)


What a fun show!  Such a pity it's only nine episodes long.  I can see why it didn't quite catch with audiences though.  One critic noted that "It was too smart. Too funny. Too weird. So of course it failed."  I can't say that he's wrong.  In that sense, it's sort of like Arrested Development.  You either get it or you don't; it's either hilarious or just sort of dumb--and it won't take long to discover into which camp you fall.  Just take a gander at these quotes:

"But someone's gotta stand the heat and stay in the kitchen. Someone's gotta don the oven mitts of all that's right and strangle the red-hot throat of all that's wrong. This is that someone's story." (Pilot)

"Armless bandit! Empty your bladder of that bitter black urine men call coffee! It has its price and that price has been paid!" (Pilot)

"Gravity... is a harsh mistress." (Pilot)

"Don't be an Adolf Quitler!" (The Terror)

"I'll fold you into my wallet and spend you on a whore!" (The Terror)

"When you get in bed with evil incarnate, it always steals the covers." (The Terror)

"We have a fiendishly clever commode. It's already taken the bathtub as an ally in its porcelain war against us." (Arthur, Interrupted)

"You're on a first-name basis with lucidity, little friend. I have to call it Mister Lucidity... and that's no good in a pinch." (Couples)

"This is nothing more than a salty slab of justice jerky — cut and dried!" (The Tick vs. Justice)
That's all I've got.  If you think these quotes are or could be funny (especially when delivered by a delicious earnest Partick Warburton in a big blue suit), if you appreciate puns, literalized idioms, and tortured, overextended metaphors (and don't mind a bit of innuendo), then this may be the show for you.  I certainly enjoyed it.

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