A Review of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

by Kaleb Lyonnais

Last year the first season of was released Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America. The series is a science fiction mystery about Dirk Gently, a detective who solves cases by examining the interconnections between things. This means that he just wanders around until he solves the case by coincidence.

The season began with a rich man, Patrick String, being murdered by a shark in his hotel room. The shark seems to have disappeared. Dirk Gently, who was hired by Spring to investigate his death (which he somehow knew about beforehand), promptly enlists the help of a random bellhop.

From there, everything spins out of control. Dirk negotiates with body-swapping cultists about a kitten and a dog, an invulnerable assassin kills almost everyone, and a map leads to another map which leads to a third map. This was all in the first few episodes.

The main themes are that everything is connected and that people should embrace their differences, even if they are out of the ordinary. The show is best summarized by a line from the season finale: “Have fun with your friends. They seem insane.”

I would highly recommend Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to anyone looking for a good show to watch. Its plot line, while convoluted, makes it hard to predict and exciting. It also serves as a reminder that, however stressful your life is, at least your not trapped in the body of a dog (I assume).

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