What We’re Watching Wednesday | The latest incarnation of The Tick

Do we really need another version of The Tick, now on its third version for TV?

The first show was animated and ran from 1994 to 1996; the second, live-action, from 2001 to 2002; and now this third one, from 2016 to now. All three have overseen by creator Ben Edlund, who first introduced the character “in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for the New England Comics chain of Boston area comic book stores” and then put the character off into a comic book series.

The answer, after a funny but inconsistently so first season, is “Yes, yes, we do.” In the first season, we were introduced to The Tick and Arthur, his sidekick, as they battled the villain The Terror. There were moments that clicked, but many that didn’t, including to me, The Terror. In this second season, The Tick and Arthur join up with AEGIS, “a federal agency tasked with working with superheroes and fighting super villains,” and the action and comedy really pick up. Or as my wife just said when I asked her why she liked the second season better than the first: “I liked the story line about the organization [AEGIS]. I thought it was funnier.”

It was, and assisting with what made it funnier were the continuation of the character Overkill and his sidekick, Dangerboat. “I would argue that Overkill and Dangerboat are the best parts of either season,” my wife said. I agree. In particular, there is one scene in the second season that slays me every time I watch it. I would provide a link but alas, it is not online. I’ll leave you with the official trailer for Season 2 from Prime Video, which also highlights the rest of the amazing ensemble cast:

This is a restart of a feature here on the blog that my wife and I started last year: What We’re Watching Wednesday. I thought this would be a good restart with all the hype over Avengers: Endgame since The Tick is a nice antidote to the (mostly) dourness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Next week, Kim and I will share our favorite short season shows. Kim (mostly she) and I will address the elephant in the room, Game of Thrones, after it’s over.

Sunday Salon March 4, 2018

Reading: Since finishing The Two Towers, I haven’t been reading that much. I dipped my toes into The Return of the King, but haven’t jumped into it yet.

Watching: Kim and I finished the second half of the first season of The Tick on Amazon Prime this past week. It was good, although I wish there were more now. On my own, I started watching Suits, also on Prime, which Kim and I had started watching before and then stopped after only a few episodes. As I was telling Kim last night in Messenger, I think I remember why we stopped watching: “Realized how much of a commitment and nerve-wracking, wondering when he [one of the main characters] is going to get caught for being a fraud.” The character pretends he graduated from Harvard to get a job as a lawyer. Still, it is good, so far, about six episodes in.

Listening: The latest Nicholas Jaar joint, 2012-2017, under his moniker A.A.L. (Against All Logic) has been spinning on my virtual turntable.

Otherwise: Friday was an unexpected snow day at the library, so I went to Goodwill and got three shirts, a car seat cover, and this glass:

All for $11. My father mentioned that the glass might be worth something, although Kim and I both didn’t think so…until a friend said I should look for others on EBay. I did and found a couple of sets of two for $70. He was right, but really I just picked it up because I liked the design. I have no plans to purchase the others, but it is interesting anyway.

This coming week: Kim is going to visit her mother in Delaware from Monday to Thursday, so I’ll be without a car for a few days and I’ll be walking to work. It’s not so bad walking to work, but back from work will be at 8 each night, uphill, and in less than seasonable temperatures, so I’m not looking forward to that. Coworkers, though, might be able to bring me home, but either way, I’ll survive as it is only a mile.

Kim was nice enough to make me little breakfast “cups” (bacon, egg, and cheese made in a cupcake tray) for breakfast and a pot of chili for at least one dinner, if not more than that. I went to the store and got lunch meats, cheeses, wraps, chips, and yogurts for lunches so I should be set for food.

I’d like to say that I will be reading much of the time Kim is away, but to be honest, I probably will just end up mindlessly surfing through whatever is on Netflix or Amazon Prime.


How was your past week? Read, listen to, watch anything of note? What do you have planned for this coming week?