Centers on the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Based on the "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" novel series, written by Douglas Adams and published by Simon and Schuster in 1987.
It has been a long time since I read Douglas Adams' DGHDA so I cannot say if the character is faithful to the books, but my memory says not... That being said, it is a fine good romp, full of time travel mind twisters, silly puns, and off-beat plot lines that will keep you wondering -"What the heck is going on???" Thankfully, the "Previously on Dirk Gently..." at the beginning of each episode will clarify last week's episode for you.
Samuel Barnett's "Dirk" plays somewhere between Colombo and Mork from Ork, his frenetic antics land him the proverbial pile of excrement where he emerges "smelling like roses", most of the time, to his own surprise.
Elijah Wood's Todd Brotzman is the perfect Hardy to Dirk's Laurel, with a depth of character Ollie Hardy never reached...he has secrets.
Amanda Brotzman, played by Hannah Marks, is a likable character, who too plumbs depths she didn't know she had and comes up with a few surprises.
Jade Eshete is just stunningly beautiful as the hot, ninja-like, body guard who plays with one foot in Dirk's world and the other in Todd's reality, she plays a foil against both side, or a bridge, whatever. She is the strong female character to Amanda's softer more emotional feminine nature.
The unlikely duo of Bart and Ken, who's story arc vectors to cross paths with Dirk, are played admirably by Fiona Dourif and Mpho Koaho respectively. We don't know what will happen when the trio meet, but we know something will.
The story resembles Douglas Adams' in that there are multiple concurrent plots, seemingly unrelated, but with hints of synchronicity that eventually converge to a raucous denouement where all becomes clear, sort of.
Entertaining, full of fun, with some good acting make this the best adaptation of any of Douglas Adams' works to date.
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