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Following its successful reboot several years ago, The Tick returns to Amazon Prime with 10 more episodes of comedic superhero action. Armed with the same charming wit and colourful superhero personas that made the first season so engaging, The Tick continues its reign as one of the more unusual and refreshing superhero shows on TV.
Hot off the heels of the first season, the story this year sees Arthur pursuing the superhero life full-time after quitting his mundane office job. As he and The Tick join A.E.G.I.S. and begin hunting a deadly foe known as Lobstercules, they soon come to realize things may not be as simple as they first appear. With Dot discovering she has powers of her own and Joan donning a superhero costume and infiltrating A.E.G.I.S., this season sees several character-driven stories unfolding before everything converges together for a climactic finale as the real evil is revealed and the family fight together to save the world.
Much like the previous season, The Tick keeps the same comedic wit running throughout its 10 episodes. Early on there’s a recurring joke about croissants in A.E.G.I.S. headquarters while the constant jabs at superhero tropes throughout the show helps keep the tone consistent with what we’ve come to expect from The Tick. As always, The Tick himself is really the charismatic anchor for most of the season and he’s played to perfection once again by Peter Serafinowicz.
That’s not to take away anything from the supporting characters though who all really embrace their roles this year too. Dot’s newfound abilities add an extra dimension to her persona as does Joan’s dual role as a hero and villain.
What’s particularly interesting this year is the way The Tick tackles these ideas around what it really means to be a hero. From Dot and Overkill teaming up to Joan Of Arc’s unconventional way of dealing with foes, The Tick constantly throws this question at us in increasingly interesting and thought provoking ways. This is especially evident late on too when things are turned upside down and the facade around who’s really the villain and hero lifted.
With 10 episodes at a little under 30 minutes a piece, The Tick is a very easy show to binge through. The episodes flow nicely into one another, with a light array of cliffhangers and action set pieces to keep you coming back for more. This season in particular there’s a really consistent narrative throughout the episodes, reinforced by strong themes, all wrapped up with the same comedy and charm that made the first season so enjoyable. It may not be the best superhero show out right now, but its big heart and charm make this a worthy follow-up.