Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season 2, Episode 5 “Shapes and Colors” (B+)

We’ve come to a point on this show where all of the characters are so into the “everything is connected” methodology that to suggest that it’s not real or the right way is an affront. Dirk was down on himself in this episode, after he changed his clothes only and expressed his intent to be a real detective going forward, but even his new attitude couldn’t change the fact that, of course, Scott Boreton would scream out his name just as he passed by our team so that they wouldn’t need to look for the needle in the haystack. After Suzie’s wand accidentally released a wave of magical happiness over the crowd, we got to see Dirk, Todd, Farah, and Tina at their most euphoric and most honest, which was fun. It was more affirming than the earlier more serious incident involving (a) the son, who was played by Tony Amendola, who I guess I recognize as Geppetto from “Once Upon a Time,” which I watched for its entire first season. Amanda’s very trippy conversation with her inner monologue – not sure if that’s accurate but it’s the best understanding I can get of it what’s going on – was productive in that it helped her to achieve some self-control and managed to bring the other three members of the Rowdy Three to Wendimoor! Things aren’t looking so good for Hobbs, whose run-in with the Mage may have had fatal consequences. I was thrilled to see Bart and Pento Trost bond in jail, and Bart dancing to music to cheer him up was really sweet. I think she’s found her new Ken.

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