Let Me Put My Suggestions In You: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Need a little whacky sci-fi series with Elijah Wood, a british protagonist, and super bizarre characters? Look no further, Dirk Gently and his Holistic Detective Agency is here!
First: what is holistic? You might know I’m not a fan of mumbo-jumbo made up, non-scientific pseudoscience, but there are two terms that are often mixed up: holistic and homeopathic. The internet defines homeopathic as the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease. Separate from homeopathy, holistic approaches are characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. So our main character, a brit in the US named Dirk Gently, has powers of deduction that work towards resolving the whole problem, often resulting in finding several new problems that connect on the way. Think Cloud Atlas but much more endearing characters and a lot more comedic wit.
It’s following the theme of shows I love featuring people with super powers. I guess I never got over wanting to be part of the X-Men, or better yet, X-Force. In this show there are many children that were experimented on by the CIA but eventually the program containing them was defunded and they were let go. Dirk is the most important character from this group, and for some reason the world keeps bringing him to hipster loser Elijah Wood’s character Todd Brotzman’s door.
Now, maybe it’s cause I was an impressionable 20-something year old when Lord of the Rings was released, but I love ElijahWood. Yet I find again and again, he plays characters that aren’t really likeable. The same is true of Todd, though he tries on several occasions to redeem himself, and I would say he succeeds in the second season.
In the first season Dirk and Todd try to solve a case of a missing girl. In the second season they try to find out more about and evade Project Blackwing, the CIA group trying to recapture people with abilities, and also understand more about Wendimoore and the disappearance of several people from a rural town in the 1960’s. There are complex layers, amazing character development, and silly side plots. Of course silliness was expected since the show was based on a series originally written by the famous Douglas Adams, known for the epic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe.
Two elements that I just can’t help but write about, and promise not to spoil too much in doing so: the holistic assassin Bart and The Rowdy Three. Bart, like Dirk, seems to find that with her approach to the world things just happen certain ways, mainly that she kills almost everyone she meets, and can’t be killed herself. She is a bizarre character and the scenes where she evades death are beautifully complex. As for the Rowdy Three, the best part is there are actually four of them, leading to a perfect level of irony every time you meet them. Initially they come off as anarchists, and they might be, but once their powers are revealed it makes a lot more sense. These punk tough guys love to stir chaos, but become so much better written when their kind side is revealed. They quickly become some of my favorite characters even though I did not understand them at first. And oh yeah, those of you Supernatural fans? You might recognize Kevin in their ranks.
So if you’re looking for a ridiculous, bizarre, complex show for a good laugh and happy cry, check out this one!
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Posted on December 4, 2019, in Books, Comedy, Evil Geeks TV, Let Me Put My Suggestions In You, Recommendations, Reviews, TV and tagged Dirk Genlty, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, douglas adams, holistic, Science fiction, TV. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.