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[Netflix Review] Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Season 2 (2018) ★★★★★

Todd, Dirk and Farah in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency season 2

Dirk Gently takes us to a whole new nevel of weird and chaos in an epic fun rollercoaster adventure. 


Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is going to be another great bizarre and weird adventure. After they had dealt with time travel in the first season now it’s time to visit some other dimensions and take it up with real magic, with magic wands and stuff and weird creatures and a real life evil wizard. 

Of course everyone is here to play. Dirk, Farah and Todd are finally going to start up their detective agency and Amanda is on the road with the Rowdy Three. Bart and Ken have their own parts to play, both being captured by different parties. But we also find out more about Project Blackwing and about Dirk himself. It’s going to be a bizarre chaotic rollercoaster adventure full of weirdness and hilarious fun. Just sit back and enjoy the ride to another dimension.

This second season consists of 10 episodes each with a duration of 41-60 minutes. It has one big continuous storyline, that is mostly chaotic but eventually very understandable and highly original, creative and imaginative. 


Plot

After Dirk, Farah and Todd have solved their first case successfully, it’s time to start up a real business. But Dirk gets kidnapped by Project Blackwing. Meanwhile Bart and Ken are ambushed and Amanda and the Rowdy Three are on the road together. 

While Farah and Todd, now wanted by the FBI are looking for Dirk, in another realm a war is about to start unless they find Dirk Gently. This other realm is Wendimoor. An evil Mage Kellum has conquered the land except for Inglenook. In Inglenook two families, the royal Dengdamoors and the farmers family Trost, are involved in a feud. But brave Panto Trost leaves their dimension to find Dirk Gently the prophesied who can save them all. 

When Todd and Farah finally find Dirk in Bergsberg they soon discover that this isn’t a coincidence, and their new case is about to start. Suzie Boreton, a desperate housewife with a lousy job has found a magical wand and now she has all the power to change her life and to rule Bergsberg. But it’s not her wand and the evil Mage wants it back.

And Project Blackwing wants Dirk back and sends in Mr. Priest, an extreme black op, to collect him. 


Why you should watch it

It’s a whole new ballgame this second season. We’re not in Kansas anymore. Forget time travel, let’s get to a strange other dimension, with magic. More than ever everything is connected and this season builds not only a whole new universe, but expands the Dirk Gently universe.

We come to know more about Project Blackwing and Dirk himself, Project Icarus and we find out that there are others like him, like the Rowdy Three and Mona. People with special gifts that Project Blackwing wants to use for themselves. This is the bigger story arc that plays out, that could have been a great setup for a fantastic big epic story that could have grown bigger during more seasons. Unfortunately this series is cancelled, after this second season.

However, luckily we still have another weird and chaotic brilliant adventure to embark on with our friends. And it’s going to be a totally nuts ride. The story and the case evolve around another dimension, a fairytale-like Dark Ages realm where there’s an evil Mage, magic, a flying train, a seer Wakti Wapnasi, a magical well and strange colorful creatures the Bofuki Nepoo and the Beast, and much more. 

The structure is full of mysteries that Dirk, Farah and Todd have to solve. Meanwhile they have little small adventures, like getting high, or getting trapped in a magical house, solving a cold case, before finally diving into the greatest adventure of them all; going to Wendimoor. It’s one big puzzle for the team to solve. Of course in a holistic way, because again everything is connected now more than ever. 

It’s great fun, original and imaginative and it’s always very unexpected what is going to happen next. It’s an apparent chaos, but it all comes together nicely and everything is fully explained by Dirk himself. How hard or incomprehensible things may seem, eventually it’s all rather simple really. 

This season looks great, the art design, the set designs, the world of Wendimoor, the costumes, it’s all highly creative and imaginative, and it should be, according to the plot. It’s fun, absurd, hilarious, chaotic, surrealistic, fantastical and very thrilling at times and of course very epic. 

But there’s also a lot of room for some serious issues. Dirk feels guilty for bringing his friends in danger and now he has friends it is the first time he has something to loose. He feels responsible and can’t quite cope with that knowledge. The only thing he wants is to lead a normal, quiet life, but for him it’s impossible. 

Todd feels guilty towards his sister Amanda, while he feigned to have pararibulitis, she suffers from the real thing. So he desperately wants to find her to make it up to her. 

Amanda has found her place with the Rowdy Three. While they get separated she’s left alone with Vogel and he helps her to endure the pain. But when they end up in Wendimoor, she finds out that her disease is in fact her power and she’s a Witcha Cuckoo. She learns to control it and to empower herself. 

Farah is struggling with her own demons. She’s the black sheep of the family the loser and she desperately wants to be a real cop. She gets help from sheriff Sherlock Hobbs and deputy Tina Tevetino in Bergsberg to get more confidence. 

Bart also has existential problems of her own. She doesn’t want to be a holistic hitman anymore. She wants to be a better person too. She gets help from Panto, who is the only one who looks at her differently, which teaches her to look at herself with different eyes. 

So everybody wants to change something in their lives. Even Friedkin wants to be a better man. But not everybody want to be a better man, Suzie wants to be a powerful woman and the wand turns her into the bad guy of the season. She’s not alone in this, while she gets help from the other bad guy, Mage Kellum.


My favorite part

Again everything is great about this season. How the characters develop and grow. How the seriousness and even existential issues are mixed with pure chaos and bizarreness. The creative and imaginative new world. New exciting and strange characters in our world and in Wendimoor. Everything fits so nicely together that it is impossible to pick something out.

But the episode ‘The House Within a House’ is an absolute fantastical one. It’s inventive, exciting, weird, scary even, funny, surreal and has an important piece of the puzzle for the case, but it also shows more about Dirk, Todd and Amanda and it has a monster in it the Purple People Eater with a song that will stick in your head. 

It’s an absolute loss to the creative story world that this series is cancelled and we will never know how this epic story would play out, especially after the miraculous mysterious ending. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Fun factor: ★★★★★

Epic factor: ★★★★★

Originality factor: ★★★★★

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


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Cast and crew

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is based on the book of the same name (1987) and the book The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988) by Douglas Adams. It is created by Max Landis. It stars Samuel Barnett (Dirk), Elijah Wood (Todd), Hannah Marks (Amanda), Fiona Dourif (Bart), Jade Eshete (Farah), Mpho Koaho (Ken), Michael Eklund (Martin), Osric Chau (Vogel), Izzie Steele (Tina Tevetino), Tyler Labine (Sherlock Hobbs), Amanda Walsh (Suzie Boreton), John Hannah (Mage Kellum), Christopher Russell (Panto Trost), Dustin Milligan (Friedkin) and Alan Tudyk (Mr. Priest).

Music: The Newton Brothers. Cinematography: Stephen McNutt. Production companies: AMC Studios, BBC America, Circle of Confusion, IDW Entertainment, Ideate Media, Netflix. Distributed by: BBC America, Netflix.


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