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The License
Episode Four, Season One

Original air date: 12-6-2001

The License

I'd like to say that this episode (#4) marked a turning point in the new series and they will all be great from here on out, but I don't know yet. At this point, the show is more focused on myopia than villainy to create conflict.

The premise of this episode is that The Tick needs to get his superhero license. Of course, to do that he has to know his real name and date of birth (etc) and he doesn't have a clue. There is a good scene where he reports himself to the police as a missing person, though, and he ends up on a milk carton which was pretty funny.

All in all, though, I wish they would introduce some new elements into the show. It is really more like any other sitcom with people sitting around bantering in a diner than The Tick I expected given the comics and cartoons.

Another minor trend I noticed is continued here; the heroes are all lawbreakers to some extent. So far we've seen Bat Manuel with thousands of unpaid parking tickets, Captain Liberty ticketed for not cleaning up after her dog and later busted for posing nude, and in this episode we see Batmanuel stealing newspapers out of the machine. Maybe Tick will fight them instead...

This episode features these Superheroes:
The Tick
, Arthur, Batmanuel, Captain Liberty, and Medusa.

Heroes Named but not appearing:
The Weasel, The Colon, The Amazing Forehead

This episode features these Supervillains:
None

Tick Mugshot

Tick Mugshot; notice he's about 7' tall.

Superhero License

The Tick's Superhero License (Notice the name; I.P. Daley)