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The Tick: Pilot (aka The Tick vs The Red Scare)
The "grateful" people of a bus station The Tick has defended offer him a bus ticket to The City, where he meets Arthur, who has just quit his accounting job to pursue his life long dream of being a superhero. With a group of Russians in town planning to kill Jimmy Carter (who happens to be in The City that week) with a powerful robot, The Tick must destroy the robot as well as show Arthur that his dreams of being a superhero weren't misplaced after all.
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He stands in silence, stoic, godlike, the mysterious blue avenger who has become legend to the simple folk of this bus station. But glory will not distract him from his vigil. Who "he" is, is a man in a totally blue, muscular suit. As he towers over the bus station who's roof he is standing upon, a customer below has their money stolen by the coffee machine. As the apparent protector of this bus station, our blue hero jumps down from his perch and proceeds to wrestle the "evil" coffee machine into submission. As it produces a cup of coffee and our hero saves the day, stating it is his "sworn duty to protect this bus station," the manager of the bus station arrives behind our hero and drops something. Telling this blue being that it was he who dropped this item, our hero picks it up, realizing it is a bus ticket to leave this bus station and go to "The City." Curious as to why he has this ticket, the bus manager, obviously fed up with our hero, tells him it must be because he has freed the bus station from the tyranny of the coffee machine. Deciding he must move on to a place where there is stuff to do, our blue hero boards the bus while the manager curiously asks "Who was that???" to which our hero replies: "He was..... The Tick!"..Read the full recap
In the cartoon, there is no Captain Liberty or Batmanuel. They were based off the characters American Maid and Die Fledermaus. The live action version could not use them due to a conflict in rights with Disney.
This episode was originally going to air on November 1, 2001 but was postponed due to the World Series.
This episode did not have an intro with credits, but rather credited the stars in the beginning of the episode.
Guest star Christopher Lloyd does not recieve an on-screen credit for appearing in this episode.
The Tick: (After wrestling the coffee machine and getting it to produce a cup of coffee) Java devil, you are now my bitch.
The Tick: He stands in silence, stoic, godlike, the mysterious blue avenger who has become legend to the simple folk of this bus station. But glory will not distract him from his vigil.
Batmanuel: (About Captain Liberty) She fears the demons I have awoken in her... womanly places.
Arthur: This was a mistake! Apparently superheros are just a bunch of self-centered, egotistical, sexually frustrated kindergarteners! No offense intended.
The Tick: None comprehended.
The Tick: Arthur, listen to me carefully! I believe in you! I always have! That's why I'm here! Destiny dressed you this morning, my friend and now Fear is trying to pull off your pants. If you give up, if you give in...you'll end up naked, with Fear just standing there laughing at your dangling unmentionables!
The Tick: (Lying in the elevator wreckage) Gravity is a harsh mistress.
Batmanuel: (To Arthur) I would not go out there, my little friend. Apocalypse Cow is 50 feet tall and shoots fire from her teats.
When The Tick knocks on Arthur's apartment door, he calls out "Arthur!" However, The Tick only knows Arthur as "Moth Man" at that point, as Arthur had yet to reveal his name to The Tick.
The character of Batmanuel is an obvious spoof of the famous super hero Batman of comic book, movie, and television fame.
The Tick vs The Tick
In this live incarnation of the cartoon, The Tick we are used to is slightly different than his cartoon counterpart. While The Tick of the cartoon was a little more coherent, The Tick of the live action series is noticeably simpler in his personality. As well, he seems to be much stupider than the cartoon version. However, many similarities exist too, such as the heroic personality and The Tick's strong desire for his version of justice to be present within The City.