Monday, November 7, 2016

Round Two: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season 1, Episode 2 “Lost and Found” (B)

Okay, this show may well be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it’s a good thing that I have a headache after watching this episode, and though I am still intrigued, I’m considerably less wowed by the construction because it’s really all over the place. A helpful flashback explained that Todd didn’t open his door, which led to Farah’s fate, although her being tied to the bed was no easy feat for the creepy Ed, Ned, Fred, and Zed, who needed to exert a lot of effort to subdue her. Trading her for the dog that Dirk stole from the house where Lydia was being held and behaving like a dog for Farah, who he said he didn’t know before accidentally letting her name slip to a furious Todd was a wild rollercoaster ride that even just rereading now sounds absurd. The dog saying “help me” and appearing like a girl was pretty terrifying, and that’s where this show ventures into seemingly supernatural territory that can’t quite be explained by the apparent government conspiracy mentioned at the end of the episode. Amanda bonding threw music and thrown bricks with the Rowdy 3 is interesting, and they’re doing much better at communicating than the other four duos we’re following. The FBI and the police are both equally inept, and it’s a wonder that they even know Dirk and Todd’s names. Some of Dirk’s best moments were telling Todd that he did his “duty-ish,” and throwing all his business cards at Gordon to distract him and make his escape. Ken tried so hard to save the life of the mechanic working on his car, and how awesome that, in the end, he would have killed them, and so he really was Bart’s target all along. Let’s see how episode three feels to see if this show becomes a vital must-watch.

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