Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Review

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency makes me run out of positive adjectives.

With so many options these days it’s difficult to know which Netflix show to start next. So here’s a subtle hint: Watch Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency or die.

Dirk Gently
Some of the many shenanigans. Source: Salon.

This show is great – and I don’t mean like telling your parents how your trip to Thailand was great, I mean like what you actually did on your trip to Thailand great.

That’s right, Dirk Gently is as good as a naked dance party on the beach followed by a relaxing day by the pool with your monkey butler (hit me up if you need Thailand tips).

Like all great American comedies it’s based off a British show that is based off a Douglas Adams book that I haven’t read. Nonetheless, it’s fucking fantastic and is kind of like a funnier, lighter version of Stranger Things. It’s similar in the sense that you’re not really sure why you love it but you’re absolutely sure you need to watch the next episode immediately or you will go into cardiac arrest.

I will admit that I had no fucking clue what was going on until about the fifth episode, but once all the pieces come together the puzzle is fascinating and sexy.

Following the adventures of the eccentric holistic detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his unwilling sidekick Todd (Elijah Wood) the show is equal parts outlandish, incoherent, funny and cartoonishly violent.

Because I really like adjectives the show is also wacky, hilarious, heartfelt and thought-provoking and there is barely a moment I wasn’t both entertained and intrigued.

It makes you question your fate, your sanity and the meaning of life, while still being unpredictable, bizarre and kooky (I really like adjectives).

Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently is really very good. Source: Screen Rant

It’s a completely unique story told over eight episodes that seem to be totally unrelated until you finally connect the dots and try to stop your mind being blown into a trillion pieces.

Whilst the weirdness and novelty of the show may be a deterrent for some, the general quick wit and dark humour ensure all types of audiences are guaranteed to love it (not a legally binding guarantee, please don’t sue me).

Overall, the character dynamics and sheer manic density of the plot makes this a real crazy ride from start to finish, but one I would happily take again and again. I can’t wait for season two, and after writing this I reckon I may actually need to re-watch the whole first season again. See you in a few days outside world!

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