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The Sun is Getting Low in the Sky Big Guy HEY WAIT – Robots Root 10 Jan 2018


Robot’s Root for 10 January 2018 – a roundup of stuff and things that may or may not be happening…

  • Adding Matt the Radar Tech into SW: Battlefront II is the best anything ever for today. I’m sold.
  • Apparently, if you want to avoid some legal difficulty, owning firearms with the Punisher logo on them is a bad idea. Especially pink ones… I guess. What about swords? What are the rules on Punisher logos?
  • Black Lightning isn’t a character I’m overly familiar with, but the fact that the live action show has been launched is a good thing, I think. Now, Thunder, his daughter, has a design element I really appreciate: a TRDL design style high collar! Ha! Stoked.
  • More trailer action for the new Black Widow film, Red Sparrow… WAIT. The poster, up top, I quite like, with the focus on the eye.
  • DeWanda Wise has joined the stellar cast of Captain Marvel. No word on the character, though wouldn’t it be interesting if there’s a Binary component to this script? Anyway, she’s rad as hell, so that’s a thing.
  • How is it that the Workaholics guys can just make whatever film they want at this point? It’s like a tighter band version of the Rogen gang.
  • Listen, I had high hopes for Robin Hood… but it’s starting to give me a Ladyhawke vibe. I mean, I had low hopes. But now I have lower hopes.
  • EVERYTHING about this film.
  • Gifted, which I have not started, has been granted a second season… and has lost the Singer factor, obviously. As has Legion.
  • Ever wanted to play a Bugbear? Now you can.
  • Love Game of Thrones and frostbite? GOOD NEWS.
  • Runaways has been renewed for S02 on Hulu, despite not having finished S01. I feel like it fell apart towards the back half, but it’s still serviceable. Not that this can be said for that abysmal looking Inhumans series. Guh.
  • Here’s a great interview with Mike Mignola on an array of subjects.
  • Collider claims Tim Miller is developing a Kitty Pryde film. I’m OK with it. Supposedly Drew Goddard’s X-Force film is scheduled to begin production soon as well.
  • Han Solo mayyyyyyy have just gone back in for 3 more weeks of reshoots… pretty late in the game. Ron Howard knows what he’s doing, so no panic. Other than the general anxiety about this film existing in the first place, I guess…
  • This one took me by surprise: Derrickson of Doctor Strange may be cooking a live-action adaptation of one of my favorite cyberpunk books of the 80s, Effinger’s ‘When Gravity Fails’, which is set in a futureshock Middle East. INTERESTING.
  • who doesn’t love fake amusement parks?
  • Mantic is preparing a Hellboy tabletop game! Stay tuned for Deeplydapper’s slavish review of said game in a year…
  • Finally, The Tick is returning, meaning I need to catch up in a hurry…


That’s it for today! Kris and I are both smashing atoms to get ready for Heroes and Villains Fanfest/ Walker Stalker Con this weekend in Portland. Come see us at tables 201-202 if you attend!


Review: The Tick [2016]


Review: The Tick [2016]

The Tick is one of those properties that comes with heavy baggage. It’s a fringe show that’s primarily aimed at the superfans, with hopes of breaching mainstream enough to gain eyeballs, yet those same superfans are rabid about what does and doesn’t constitute true Tick material: the comic? The animated series? The Patrick Warburton series?

When I sat down to watch this new pilot, I came in wary: not because I had expectations, really, but because we’ve seen a few projects over the last few years of this seemingly golden era of comic adaptations that fell apart: Powers, which i’m still slogging through despite it’s peculiar missteps, being the best example for me. Many superfans have cried foul over everything from Preacher on AMC to the Watchmen movie. It’s too different from the material! It’s too similar to the material! But I’m one of those guys that couldn’t care less, as long as its good. I mean, I watch a lot of mediocre genre television, due to circumstance. My lovely wife is addicted to Once Upon a Time, which is a hot mess. I follow Gotham, which is a garbage fire. Somehow these projects seem so mainstream and carefree about their source material that I don’t feel offended by it. But when you get a true comic adaptation that claims to be an inspired project, it can get frustrating, looking at the missed opportunities. I’ll talk about Powers later, probably in the Robot Kraken podcast first, but watching something like this, and even considering limited budgets, you can see where it isn’t the plot or the actors or even the budget that bothers you: it’s a lack of vision and style in the storytelling, and a sense that the train is hurtling along with the engineer dead at the controls.

Which is all to say that what gives me hope about the new Tick series is that it seems purposeful. It’s flawed and awkward thus far, at pilot stage, but using the pilot as a gauge for the tone of the show, I’m going to give it a go.

This version is darker than the madcappery of the Warburton era (he remains a producer)… which I think perfectly captured the tone of the source material. i have a warm spot for that show, despite not having seen all of the episodes. I loved the characters I DID see, and the performances. It felt very Tick. Spoons and hammery everywhere. This Tick, however, feels like a cross between Donnie Darko, Super, and some indie film featuring Paul Dano (think Little Miss Sunshine)… and that’s a very good thing. This Arthur, played by Griffin Newman, is not justa nebbish accountant or whatever, but a dude holed up in an apartment, with serious mental health issues. He was (SPOILERS FROM HERE) as it happens, the famous child whose father was killed when the evil Terror, played brilliantly as usual by Jackie Earl Haley, murdered the entire Fantastic Four analog, the Flag Five. He was the kid on the cover of the magazines with the tragic look on his face that captured a million hearts and never outlived the experience. Despite the world being told that the Terror was killed by the Superman analog, Superian, played by Brendan Hines, Arthur continues to believe the villain lives and has been building a power base in the underworld. We have maps and the classic obsessive detective or serial killer wall of interconnected clues, we have the protagonist venturing out in the middle of the night alone to prove his theory that no one will take seriously, and we have the sudden appearance of a new, magnanimous and manic superhero, The Tick (played earnestly by Peter Serafinowicz, who stole Guardians of the Galaxy, at least in the trailers)/… despite having no previous established record of existence, having impossible powers, and conveniently appearing and disappearing randomly… all as experienced by a character who may be schizophrenic. What better way to explain a character like the Tick, in all of his random lunacy, then establishing as a premise that he may not exist? We’ve seen this many times before, but it’s a great mechanism.

I like the casting so far, and while the pilot is completely stolen by Haley, I like the darker tone and strange cadence of Serafinowicz’ take on the titular hero. One hurtle for me, I have to admit, is that my brain wants this to be Will Arnett. Maybe it’s his vocal work on Lego Batman, or his generally excellent straight delivery of lunatic characters, but every time Serafinowicz appears, I’m disrupted. I want Arnett. I confess he is doing an excellent job, and I’m intrigued by his delivery, which is actually more complex and weird than either Warburton or Arnett. I just need more adjustment time.

What I like about it is that it takes it’s supers stuff seriously. As much as the fate of the Flag Five in the pilot, or the interview of Superian on a talk show, feels like vintage Garth Ennis, it doesn’t have that cheesy 1990’s-era cosplay feel for the supers characters. They feel fairly ‘realistic’. Superian’s costume is once again strangely low on the dynamism for a Superman analog, but the Terror, the Tick, and Arthur in costume at the end of the pilot, are wearing uniforms that are movie quality. The presentation feels fairly legit. I’m not sure about the weird, scaly appearance of the Tick’s suit, particularly from the rear, but I can dig it just as much as the smooth cartoony vibe of Warburton’s version.

Anyway, it’s a free viewing if you have Amazon Prime, and I encourage you to check it out!

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Episode 11 of Robot Kraken is here!


The New Episode of ROBOT KRAKEN is out!


In Episode Eleven of Robot Kraken, Thom and Kris discuss the TICK reboot and it’s our first half of our review of BATMAN vs SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE: DO YOU BLEED: SCOWLYFACE McGEE

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