TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E5 Fear of Flying

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick and Dot help Arthur try to control his flyaway supersuit as the Pyramid Gang pursues them. Miss Lint has an unexpected caller.

Arthur has his suit and we get some excitement in a certain moth suit. Compared to a lot of the previous epidoes this one feels a bit more action packed mixing some jumor with it all as various folks track Arthur and his adventure.

Overkill, Ramses and the Pyramid Gang, and the Tick are all after Arthur and the suit in their own ways that eventually leads to some solid action in what is the first inevitable showdown. But, the episode has fun with that as some tropes are made fun of such as bad guy cliches and good guys at first fighting.

The episode does a good job on contrasting the various heroes in Arthur, the Tick, and Overkill. There’s some conflict, and humor, in that but both aren’t presented enough. That’s a lot of the series in that it feels like it holds things back a bit never fully embracing the humor, the action, or ludicrousness of it all. We get the biggest example in the form of Danger Boat who has so much potential for the over the top nature of it all.

There’s nothing bad about this at all. It’s entertaining and at 20 something minutes an episode it never feels too long or drawn out. But, the series has a theme to it which is that it feels like it plays it safe in many ways and would be better if it just embraced its zany past.


You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.95