Monday, November 28, 2016

What I’m Watching: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season 1, Episode 5 “Very Erectus” (B+)

What defines this show as weird and awesome is the way that its events play out around its two most magnetic characters, Dirk and Bart, intent on fulfilling fate even when it seems unlikely or even impossible. That Dirk would say something general about the next hole they dug was obviously going to lead to that being where the treasure was, and it was an extremely therapeutic episode for Dirk and Todd. Dirk yelling at Todd to stop calling himself an asshole since he’s actually a good friend was nice, and Todd opening up to him about faking his disease represents a true bond for them. And then there’s stuff like the cat turning into a blue shark hologram and taking out the two assailants who were ready to take them down to keep this show strange. Bart pointing out that Ken was still there after everything that had happened when she was experiencing the hotel room in her own unique way caused him to sigh and seriously consider his situation, and it was only later when she got tired of just being normal and went outside to kill someone in broad daylight. Of course, she didn’t actually have to do anything, just taunt a random man enough to compel him to walk into the street and get hit by a car. I love Amanda’s newfound relationship with the Rowdy 3, and we had our closest call with Colonel Riggins, who has now gotten himself kicked off his own assignment, putting all of our subjects at great risk. Zimmerfield taking an arrow to the chest was an unfortunate development, and I’m very intrigued to see what happens now with just three episodes left in the season.

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