Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Season 1) – Enjoyably Quirky

Rating (3.5 out of 5)

Summary:  If you enjoy the Douglas Adams book of the same name, you will absolutely enjoy Season 1 of “Dirk Gently”. However, if you don’t like weird non-sensical crime comedy, then “Dirk Gently” is not for you. I will definitely not watch this show with my wife, as she would be extremely annoyed. I look forward to Season 2.

Plot: After a bizarre start to his day, bellhop Todd (Elijah Wood) returns to his apartment, where Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) has broken in and started his investigation. Todd’s life is about to get crazier helping Dirk solve his case.

Detail: Dirk is a holistic detective. Dirks describes himself as a leaf following the flow of the universe, and the flow will lead him to solve the case. The idea of people having the ability to view connections between random events speaks to us. Humans desire to know there is purpose in the random events of our daily lives, and the concept flourishes here.

The show starts quickly, as Todd sees himself (he thinks) and discovers the Penthouse full of dead bodies. The weirdness is delivered at the audience fast and furious. Dirk comes through Todd’s window, the detectives interviewing Todd are unique, someone is following Dirk. There are numerous events and characters circling the story, but it all connects.

Now tailing Dirk is Bart (Fiona Dourif) who is a holistic assassin. The world guides her to the person she is supposed to kill next. The holistic assassin concept fascinated me even more than the holistic detective. For example, the car breaks down in the middle of an isolated road. A little while later a bad guy shows up and Bart kills him.

I would have really enjoyed the series, except for a few critical items:
1) I wholeheartedly dislike time travel stories in a TV series. The time travel element equates to lazy screenwriting and should be saved for Season 3 or 4.
2) Too many characters are introduced. The Rowdy 3, Bart, CIA, etc. It becomes a bit much.
3) There are multiple acts of dishonesty having profound implications for the storyline. The dishonesty technique is employed to provide length to the story. Wish they had delved further into the holistic detective. But I understand, writing dishonesty is easy and developing a thoughtful plot is hard. An example of the dishonesty, Dirk hid from Todd that he encountered their future selves and Dirk told Dirk to find Todd.