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The Tick vs. Season Two (Disney DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Episodes: A-



Ben Edlund's comedic deconstruction of the superhero genre returns in this two-disc package featuring Season Two of the hilarious animated series The Tick.  Although marketed and aired as a Saturday morning TV show, the Tick began as an adult-themed independent comic, and season two offers a bevy of episodes with weird themes subtle nuances that only an adult viewer will pick up.  There still remains plenty of fun and action for younger viewers, and although there is plenty of violence, none of it exceeds what you might encounter in a typical Looney Tunes episode.


These discs feature some wonderful new additions to the Tick's rogue’s gallery, including The Deadly Bulb (aka Pig-Leg).  Fan favorites El Seed and the Terror also return in separate episodes.  Some of the funniest moments come not during the interplay between the Tick and his villainous antagonists, but more often between the Tick and his long-suffering sidekick, Arthur.  In the package's most hilarious episode, a woman comes between the Tick and Arthur, and befuddled Tick carves himself a new sidekick out of a piece of wood.  The Tick's one-sided dialogs with this new sidekick are nothing short of hilarious.


Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound provides adequate audio quality for the episodes, and the 1.33:1 aspect ratio picture delivers the requisite clarity for an animated feature.  Still, it's not for the animation that fans love these episodes so dearly, but rather it's for the depth of the stories, complete with their hefty servings of audacious, superhero weirdness and sense of fun.  The package's utter lack of extras can't manage to put a damper on this superlative second season, and Tick fans the world around should exalt in its release.  Spoon!



-   Scott Pyle


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