Saturday, December 10, 2016

TV Show Review: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

The strange and bizarre are all connected in the universe of Dirk Gently and his holistic detective agency. Dirk (Samuel Barnett) follows his gut and the paths that the universe creates in order to solve mysteries that could not be solved by a normal detective. The first season followed his future partner Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) as he stumbles upon a murder scene, a missing girl, and unexplained happenings.

From this first occurrence, Todd's life slips out of control as wild thugs come through apartment smashing as of his possession and threatening him. Todd is worried for the safety of his sister Amanda (Hannah Marks) who suffers from a strange disease that makes her hallucinate as if she were on fire or freezing or drowning. Hallucinations can only be helped by the same wild thugs who seem to suck the energy out of Amanda.

Meanwhile, a wild assassin Bart Curlish (Fiona Dourif) is on the trail of Dirk Gently and encounters a hacker Ken (Mpho Koaho) who assists her on her mission. She, too, follows the trail of the universe to decide who to kill and where to go simply finding the right answers wherever her instincts lead. Two detectives investigate this strange happening Estevez (Neil Brown Jr.) and Zimmerfield (Richard Schiff). All mixed up in this as well is a bodyguard of the missing girl Lydia Spring (Alison Thornton), Farah Black (Jade Eshete). 

All this various connection follow a wild story based on the novel by Douglas Adams and created by Max Landis. It eventually involves body-swapping, animal spirits in other animals like a shark in a kitten, and time travel that darts around all sorts of logic. A weird clan of bald head men pursues the kidnap victim and dog who switched the body all over Seattle which results in plenty of action and plot twists as the mystery becomes clear.

I found the story interesting for the most part though will struggle to stand out amidst the plethora of odd television shows coming out. It certainly should be able to find a niche with viewers who enjoy a bizarre mystery with humor and action. I had a fun time watching it and would like to see it continue into another mystery for a second season. 

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