Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What I’m Watching: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Season Finale)

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season 1, Episode 8 “Two Sane Guys Doing Normal Things” (B+)

This is definitely one of my favorite new shows, and the way that things concluded in this hour, especially after the previous wild revelatory episode only cemented that. Every character that we’ve met so far played an important role in the way things played out, and now things are set to head in a totally different direction. The Rowdy Three came in very handy to beat up all the Men of the Machine, and it’s great to see Amanda very happy with them. Thanks to some crafty thinking from Dirk and Todd and some quick action by Farah, they were able to switch Lydia and the dog back, giving us the first opportunity to hear the real Lydia speak. It turns out that she understood what was going on pretty well and even had four million dollars to spare. Bart not killing Dirk was a relief, but it was much more exciting to see that Ken was supposed to be there too, since he knew how to make the machine work. Farah’s investment in Dirk’s detective agency is a great idea, and Dirk promoting Todd to Ward was a fun if not quite impactful development. Ending things on a happy note might have worked, but instead we got the government coming to bring in all of their different agents, which is going to change things and make for a very different second season. Todd developing the disease is a twist I didn’t expect, and after such a wild first year, I can’t wait to have this show back again.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Everyone? If I had to choose, maybe Fiona Dourif as Bart or Jade Eshete as Farah