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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Tick: The Entire Series' DVD Review

Updated: 03/05/2014 3:50 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 3:49 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

Growing up I read a lot of comic books and so did my friends.  One of my friends read “The Tick” which was a pretty funny comic that was about a superhero that has superhuman strength and cannot be injured. 

“The Tick” doesn’t remember where he came from, and he is always saying funny things that usually don’t make sense.

“The Tick” has a sidekick name Arthur who dresses up like a moth.  Then there is Captain Liberty who is a character like Wonder Woman and also Batmanuel which is a Batman like character.

“The Tick” was created by Ben Edlund, and there have been toys, comics, animated shows and also a live animated show created in 2001.

“The Tick” only lasted one season and had eight episodes that aired.

 I never really got the chance to watch “The Tick” when it was on television, but I just finished watching Mill Creek Entertainment’s “The Tick: The Entire Series” on DVD this past weekend, and I loved it.

It stars Patrick Warburton as the Tick, David Burke as Arthur, Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel and Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty.

The episodes are cleverly written and full of fun and silly humor.  I also really like the characters and think that the actors did a fabulous job.

The superheroes are quirky and very interesting, and the villains are just as silly.

I really wish that there were more episodes made because I think it’s a very entertaining show.

The pilot episode comes on the DVD along with an episode that was never aired on television called “The Terror.”  This was one of my favorite episodes because it was absolutely hilarious.  The Tick and Arthur are celebrating their one year anniversary with Captain Liberty and Batmanuel, and they remember how Captain Liberty tricked The Tick into calling one of the most feared and dangerous villains called “The Terror,” and he starts a fight with him.  The Tick calls The Terror on Arthur’s home phone, and The Terror tracks the number and starts his fight with The Tick.  The think that makes the episode so funny is that The Terror is extremely old.

I really enjoyed Mill Creek Entertainment’s “The Tick: The Entire Series” a lot. It was hilarious and full of action and superheroes.  If you are a fan of quirky comic book characters, superheroes, and off-the-wall shows, then you should definitely check out “The Tick.”

“The Tick: The Entire Series” is not rated.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.


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