Amazon Looks To The Wild Blue Yonder

Occasionally, there are actors who fulfill roles to such perfection, that it is inconceivable that anyone else could possibly play the character. Patrick Warburton as the Tick was one such actor in one such role. FOX's 2002 live action Tick series was my introduction to the character, and since then I've seen the animated series, and read Ben Edlund's comics, but Warburton's performance dwarfed my conception of the character. I'm currently experiencing the same thing with Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter.

The Tick was marvelous. Like The Middleman, it was leagues beyond whatelse was on TV at the time, and was apparently before its time, because it was cancelled after a scant but brilliant nine episodes (this was during FOX's "dozen episodes or less" period). And it was anchored by Warburton's lead performance, which was everything it needed to be and more. And it was entirely physical. Colleen Atwood's costumes were amazing, achieving more than a decade ago what most series - hell, most movies - wouldn't attempt today. They'd go with mo-cap or something.

And finally, someone might have recognized the lightning that was in that particular bottle. According to reports, Amazon Studios has signed Patrick Warburton to reprise his role as the City's brave but clueless defender on a revival of the series, to be produced and written by originator Edlund (who has since become known for writing some of the darker and more hilarious episodes of Supernatural and Angel). No word on the size of the revival Amazon is considering, or if offers of return have been extended to fellow castmates David Burke, Liz Vassey, and Nestor Carbonell.

Honestly, I hope this isn't just one of those things that get teased and leads nowhere. I dearly hope this leads to at least another series of the bubbling adventures of the Big Blue Bug of Justice. Because my DVD set is getting worn out.

Via People.
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