I hadn’t heard of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency until New York Comic Con. While waiting in line for something else, I looked into it on my phone and was instantly intrigued. I marked my calendar and looked forward to checking it out, especially after I talked to some of my friends who were fans of the book.
The opening scenes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency sets the tone for the show perfectly. If you’ve come for a serious, moody, dark show then you’ve come to the wrong place. The first five minutes of the show gives anyone who was curious a chance to get out or get sucked in as it lays out what you can expect ahead. If you’re like me and settled in for the full ride, you were in for a treat.
Although the title implies that this is going to be an adaptation of the Dirk Gently books, you realize pretty early on that while some of the elements of the original story remain intact mostly the show is its own thing. The books center more on Dirk but, this new series seems to add an extra person into the mix. Todd, a new character amazingly portrayed by Elijah Wood, is a nice transitional character who often acts as an observer and unwilling accomplice/assistant to Dirk.
The first episode of this hilarious series focuses mostly on Todd and his horrible, very bad day. In a matter of 24 hours he’s had his car destroyed by his landlord over stolen rent money, gets fired from his job after finding a gruesome crime scene, had Dirk break into his apartment and get into a slap boxing fight with him, travel to his sick sister’s to cheer her up and jam with her before she has a pain attack, be attacked by a gang of thugs, almost gets shot on multiple occasions and almost gets arrested, TWICE. Things do turn around in the very end of the episode when he starts to believe some of Dirks mumbo jumbo thanks to a found dog and a winning lottery ticket
The rest of the characters in this aren’t exactly living a normal life either. We get introduced to Ken, who is dragged along on what can only be considered a murderous rampage with Bart, a Holistic Assassin, two cops who seem to turn up whenever Todd is in the vicinity of a murder scene and, a couple of supernatural hunting FBI agents.
The writing in the show is clever and hilarious. As someone who hasn’t made it through an entire book in this series, I found it easy to follow and hella interesting. Even the supporting characters were complex enough to warrant notice, which is helped by the amazing acting. The visuals also impress from the darkness to the red overtones in the murder room.
Overall, I found the premiere episode pretty darn interesting, they managed to mix murder, mayhem, and humor in a way that I haven’t seen since Dexter and I’m looking forward to not only finally finishing the books but seeing more episodes and finding out where the show will take us. I’m fully prepared to strap in for the ride because wherever this show goes, it’s going to be fun. Things are pretty heavy and dark all over but, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency might just be the light, fun diversion we’ve been waiting for