Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season 2, Episode 2 “Fans of Wet Circles” (B+)

I still couldn’t tell you what’s going on with that medieval plotline and why it’s playing out in the present, but I’m almost as excited as Dirk and Todd are that they’ve been reunited. As if the Patrick Spring case wasn’t complicated enough, now they have to solve a mystery that’s been puzzling the rural Montana town for fifty years. I’m very happy with the new additions to this show, with Tyler Labine’s double-flashlighted Sherriff Sherlock Hobbs and his Todd-adoring deputy Tina, Amanda Walsh’s wand-waving Suzan, and, most excitingly, Alan Tudyk of “Firefly” flame as Mr. Priest, who is giving the totally inept Sergeant Friedkin a much-needed lesson in how to do his job. Theorizing that Dirk peed himself invisible was a particular low point for the hapless man in charge, and Ken almost negotiated his freedom from the taxi when he realized his interrogator’s stupidity. Out in the real world, or as real as it’s supposed to be on this show, Hobbs and Tina letting Dirk, Todd, and Farah out because they were bored was both a humorous and productive development, and I love that Hobbs knew what a holistic detective was and that Farah couldn’t stand how unorganized the pens on his desk were. Amanda’s search for Dirk is also exciting, and it’s great to see how fearless she’s become, lying on train tracks to stimulate a vision and then recognizing that her Pararibulitis for what it is. Suzan is having fun with her new powers, and now she knows just how much she can do, freezing Bob in the middle of his uncomplimentary conversation and maintaining an unprecedented silence in her home.