Rating (2 out of 5)
Summary: I enjoyed the quirkiness of “Dirk Gently” Season 1, but Season 2 has devolved from quirky to plain weird. The land of Wendimor, where they fight with giant scissors and people have pink hair, stepped beyond what I expected and wanted. Additionally, the development of characters turned too rapidly, especially Ken (Moho Koaho). Ken went from amusing sidekick to lead bad guy in an instant. My recommendation is to watch Season 1 only and considered it a limited series. Don’t watch the mess of Season 2.
Plot: Dirk (Samuel Barnett) has been captured by the agency and Todd (Elijah Wood) is searching for him. Through fate, they wind up together and must solve the mystery about the little boy.
Detail: Tyler Labine played the oafish but observant sheriff perfectly, and liked the addition of him and his deputy Tina (Izzie Steele). They added humor and wit offset Dirk and his crew, which became whiny and mopey this season. The two of them replaced the lead characters to be my favorite characters.
There had a running joke about Sgt. Friedkin (Dustin Milligan) not reading the reports. By not reading reports he missed key details to unlock powers of the people they had captured. The cluelessness caused him to appear extremely stupid and he became one-dimensional. He leans on Ken to help with operations and eventually cedes control to Ken. The whole problem centered on how the characters changed; Ken became part of the agency; Friedkin becomes good when Friedkin is totally confused. The change happened relatively fast and should have happened over two seasons instead of 2 or 3 episodes.
SPOILER!! The whole wizard, second world, etc became too fantastical. An imaginary world is similar to time travel, and an opportunity for lazy writing. I appreciated the show killing characters, as death increases the stakes for the main characters. Now in the final episode, the Little Boy comes back and can repair everything, makes the previous 10 episodes meaningless and a waste of my time. Agh!!