It's Amazon Pilot Season again, when users of its streaming service get to vote for which of a selection of pilot episodes are picked up for a full season.
And among this year's choices is a wonderful reboot of Ben Edlund's The Tick, with comedy legend Peter Serafinowicz as the titular gormless superhero.
Written by Edlund, the character's comic book creator, and directed by Wally Pfister, cinematographer on such superhero movies as The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Returns as well as Inception, this half-hour pilot is fantastic and seriously deserves to be picked up.
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a super villain. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.Griffin Newman is suitably downtrodden as potentially delusional Arthur Everest, the accountant, who finds himself being co-opted by The Tick as his sidekick.
But the show belongs to Serafinowicz, unsurprisingly, who channels 1960s Adam West Batman and William Shatner to deliver a Tick as memorable as Patrick Warburton's from the original live-action outing of the character.
It should be noted, for those disappointed that Warburton hasn't returned to the character, that he serves as a producer on the show.
Rorschach himself, Jackie Earle Haley, stars as supervillain The Terror (although, so far, he only appears in flashbacks) and The Following's elfin Valorie Curry is Arthur's long-suffering sister, paramedic Dot Everest.
I'm not totally sold on The Tick's costume (although the moving antennae are great), but the humour and pathos of Edlund's script more than makes up for this one minor niggle.
All you have to do, to help ensure that the pilot becomes a full season, is watch the half-show episode, then go to Amazon's website and answer a handful of crafty questions about what you thought (there's a big yellow panel at the top of the page that takes you to the survey).
Let's make this happen! You know it "Ticks" all the right boxes!!!