‘Dirk Gently’ Continues to be the Weirdest, Most Confusing, Utterly Magic Show on Television

Matthew Loffhagen
BBC America
(Photo: BBC America)

Are you watching Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency?

If not, you’re missing out. The show, on BBC America, has just returned for its second season, and things are looking to be just as nuts as the first story arc.

Without giving too much away, last season was all about weird, hokey, pulp-era science fiction. The show set up a bunch of inexplicable goings on that seemed to make utterly no sense until about the half-way mark, when the full wackiness began to show through as the plot started to unfurl.

While the initial draw here is the mind-bending plot (the new season has magic as its theme if the first episode is to be believed, but this could all be a weird misunderstanding), where the show truly shines is in its characters, that you can’t help but love.

Dirk Gently Season 2
Source: BBC America

Ostensibly, Dirk Gently is based on a series of books by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy creator Douglas Adams, but in practice, the show only takes the name and ditches everything else.

Even Dirk himself is completely different in the show to in the book – Adams’ Dirk is a sneaky, manipulative but perpetually down on his luck con artist who attempts to steal money from old ladies as he “investigates” their missing cats by taking luxury beachside vacations.

In the show, Dirk has magic luck powers, is incredibly optimistic and friendly, and actually wants to do the right thing in all situations.

While it’s a shame we won’t be getting a more accurate portrayal of Dirk Gently any time soon, it’s hard to argue that the version of the character isn’t absolutely adorable. Ditto for Elijah Wood’s Todd, his sister Amanda, and the incredibly cool Farah, who’s wonderfully badass while simultaneously very human (unlike some Strong Female Characters bouncing around out there).

Farrah in Dirk Gently
Source: BBC America

It’s really hard to describe what makes this show work without delving into plot spoilers, so there’s nothing for it but to say that if you haven’t given it at least a cursory glance, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Season two’s premiere episode may be a bit plot-heavy for newcomers, but it’s worth giving a try if you think you might like to see the weirdest, trippiest television show that’s currently on air, and if you’re willing to fall in love with some fantastically written and acted characters that sparkle with life in a way that’s unfortunately uncommon in modern shows.

Seriously, give an episode a try. You might just find a new favorite show.

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