Pilot

The Tick1908: An alien artifact of unimaginable power plummets through Earth’s atmosphere and explodes over a forest in Tunguska, Russia. The emissions from this unearthly explosion imbue some humans with superpowers…and also serves as a beacon to others. Both superheroes and supervillains are now a part of life on Earth.

20 years ago: Young Arthur Everest witnesses the crash-landing of a spacecraft crewed by superheroes…pursued closely by a spacecraft full of supervillains. Incidentally, the crashing spaceship also crushes and kills Arthur’s father before his very eyes. A photographer captures a shot of Arthur being menaced by the supervillains’ leader, The Terror.

Now: Years of medication, treatment, and legal issues have left Arthur a barely-functional adult. Convinced that the Terror still lurks somewhere nearby, controlling the criminal underworld, Arthur has devoted his life to tracking the Terror down…despite the rest of the world insisting that the Terror was killed by a superhero known as Superian. Arthur follows one of his hunches to the city docks, spying on a criminal operation, when he is confronted by a superhero in an inadvisably tight blue suit – the Tick! The Tick seems certain that Arthur is destined to be his new sidekick. And Arthur may finally get the answer to the question that has consumed his life – is the Terror still alive? – unless befriending the Tick gets him killed first.

written by Ben Edlund
directed by Wally Pfister
music by Chris Bacon

The TickCast: Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Griffin Newman (Arthur Everest), Valorie Curry (Dot Everest), Brendan Hines (Superian), Jackie Earle Haley (The Terror), Yara Martinez (Ms. Lint), Kyle Catlett (young Arthur), Joanna P. Adler (Dr. Creek), Malachi Weir (Thug #2), Christian Navarro (Sidekick), Whoopi Goldberg (herself), Richie Moriarty (Mr. Everest), Andrew Dolan (Officer Dietz), Sonam Kunlingtse (Herder), Henry Yuk (Shaman), Berto Colon (Thug #1), Siraj Huga (Cab Driver)

The TickNotes: The half-hour pilot episode of The Tick restarts the story, completely separate from the previous live-action series starring Patrick Warburton (who is a producer of this series), the animated series that inspired it, or the comics that inspired all of the above. The Tick creator Ben Edlund returns to revamp his unlikely hero for a new decade, and a new distribution channel: this pilot was distributed free as part of Amazon’s Pilot Season event in 2016, winning a series pickup later that year.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Where’s My Mind

The TickArthur is shot by Ms. Lint’s thugs, but finds that the suit given to him by the Tick shields him from injury – well, that kind of injury. The Tick throws Arthur out of a window to get him out of harm’s way, and that doesn’t really help, other than allowing the two heroes to escape. The Tick then asks Arthur about his plan to stop the Pyramid Gang, because he honestly believes Arthur has a plan to stop the Pyramid Gang. (Arthur does not have a plan to stop the Pyramid Gang.) Arthur does, however, have a suspicion that the Tick exists only in his mind.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Ben Edlund
directed by Wally Pfister
music by Chris Bacon

The TickCast: Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Griffin Newman (Arthur Everest), Valorie Curry (Dot Everest), Brendan Hines (Superian), Yara Martinez (Ms. Lint), Scott Speiser (Overkill), Jackie Earle Haley (The Terror), Michael Cerveris (Ramses IV), Michelle Buteau (Beck), Davin Ratray (Tinfoil Kevin), Kahlil Ashanti (Goat), Malachi Weir (Thug #2), Tyler Bunch (Stosh), Kameron Omidian (Thug #1), Michael McFadden (Thug #3), Keet Davis (Thug #4), Brian Edwards (Police Officer #1), Rich Pecci (Police Officer #2), Roxana Saberi (Newscaster), Moore Theobold (Kid #1), Eliazar Jimenez (Kid #2)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Secret, Identity

The TickArthur is cornered in an alley by Ms. Lint’s thugs, only to watch as a black-clad man with superpowers appear and murder all of them before disappearing. The police arrive, see only Arthur and several corpses, and put two and two together, bringing Arthur in for questioning. Fortunately for Arthur, security camera footage comes to light, showing the real killer: a super-anti-hero named Overkill. Overkill’s horrifying reputation is enough to put Arthur off the idea of further superheroics, and he returns to his day job. But danger follows him there in the form of Overkill…and even more danger follows in the form of the Tick. Arthur’s about to put in some overtime with Overkill.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Ben Edlund
directed by Wally Pfister
music by Chris Bacon

The TickCast: Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Griffin Newman (Arthur Everest), Valorie Curry (Dot Everest), Brendan Hines (Superian), Yara Martinez (Ms. Lint), Scott Speiser (Overkill), Jackie Earle Haley (The Terror), Michael Cerveris (Ramses IV), Michelle Buteau (Beck), Kahlil Ashanti (Goat), Richie Moriarty (Arthur’s Dad), Kyle Catlett (young Arthur), Joe Holt (Det. Green), Ken Marks (Supervisor), Tyler Bunch (Stosh), Meredith Forlenza (Det. Brown), Brian Dykstra (Det. White), Jonathan Tindle (Cat-Man-Dude), Arthur Wise (Jergen), Adam Harrington (1960s News Anchor), Nathaniel Beal (EOH Thig #1), Jonathan W. Lee (EOH Thug #2), Amy Holmes (News Anchor), Arthur Gerunda (Fishing Boat Captain), Teodorina Bello (Ouma)

LogBook entry by Earl Green