Saturday, December 17, 2016

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

Dirk’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season 1, Episode 7 “Weaponized Soul” (B+)

This hour was a fantastic follow-up to the end of last week’s hour, offering up more explanation than we could ever have hoped for regarding what the machine was and everything that really happened. I’ve always questioned the validity of people traveling back in time to save themselves since they had to survive in the first place to make it to the future, but the way it was pulled off made it all worth it. I saw Julian McMahon’s name in the guest credits, and it took me a minute to realize that the former “Nip/Tuck” star was the one playing Patrick Spring, who was actually two other people and traveled forward in time from the 1880s where he originally invented the machine. The backstory of the hippies that became body-switching fanatics made more sense than I expected it to, and it’s cool that this show has no problem with people coming face-to-face with their future selves. Dirk running into Dirk and giving him a few clues to go on was a very crucial moment, and Todd was ready to never talk to him again after he realized that Dirk knew all along what was going to happen, even if he didn’t have context. Farah made a formidable shot from a car trunk, and just as she got lucky, Dirk got hit. I’m eager to see what happens in the finale and beyond thrilled that the show has already been renewed for a second season. I just hope that the finale brings back Bart, who was sorely missed in this otherwise superb episode.