TV Review: Dirk Gently S2 (Spoilers!)

In March 2017, I chanced upon the first season of the wonderfully insane and amazing “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, and haven’t looked back since. I am always on the lookout for shows that are different from the norm, and this show exceeded my expectations with its zaniness, its humor, heart, writing and acting all put together. So, when the second season came along, I just knew that I had to jump on it right away, and it did not disappoint. In fact, it pushed the boundaries of what this show could do, while still making everything make sense in a way that only this show can.

The show’s first season introduced us to most of the main characters, and set the rules as to how this universe, or rather, how things work with “holistic” or psychic people like Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and Bart (Fiona Dourif). Here, it expands this universe even more, while allowing us to delve more into the characters of each of the main characters in the show. It also gave us some interesting twists and turns when it came to character development, some of which I didn’t expect at all.

Just like the first season, we got some interesting parallels that allowed us to see how each character developed over the course of the season, and the choices that they make, as well as the consequences that came about due to their choices.

We also got to learn more about Blackwing, some other test subjects, and we got to learn a little bit more about Dirk’s actual powers and what he is meant to do.

The acting, once again, was phenomenal, and mad props goes to Amanda Walsh for portraying Suzie Boreton and Emily Tennant as the Beast. I’ve only known Tyler Labine from his voice acting work as Hunk from “Voltron: Legendary Defender”, so it was good to see him acting in live action format. I also loved Alan Tudyk as Mr. Priest, and props to him for making me both love and hate him at the same time. Tudyk has been a favorite of mine since I watched “Firefly” years ago, so it is always amazing to see him in anything.

I was surprised at how dark this season got, and it seemed a lot more heartfelt and full emotions as compared to before, where I got more laughs. Don’t get me wrong, they balanced it well out, but I got more laughs, really, with Ken.

I also love the way they started setting things up for a third and maybe final season, which, I really hope will still push through despite the fact that BBC America has dropped the series, and because of all of the allegations that surfaced regarding the show’s developer, Max Landis.

Now, just a note before I move on and talk more about the show, this made me stop and think about Hollywood now, post Harvey Weinstein. I do stand up with the rest of the women, and encourage others to listen and hold those accountable for what they’ve done, but me being able to still watch their past movies and current projects doesn’t mean that I am condoning what they did. I am simply separating the person from their body of work.

 

For me, though, I can watch what Landis contributed here, and say that it was something amazing, and that I hope that a season 3 can happen if Netflix picks it up. I’m pretty sure that the rest of the team has enough to go on, and there is a writer’s room there as well, so I really hope that season 3 pushes through because they deserve to at least have one more final chapter to tie up loose ends.

Also, before I forget, Netflix actually rated this as for 16+ stating violence, which I also agree on. This is definitely not a kid friendly show, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Dirk Gently” Season 2 only ups the craziness and hijinks, and adds more mythology, as well and depth and heart to it. If you loved the first season, you should definitely pick up the second season, and support all those petitions online so that we can get at least one more season with Dirk and friends.

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Just as every Dirk Gently case goes, or at least, that’s how I think it always goes, it started off not making any sense, but allowed us to start making smart guesses towards the middle, and finally, at the end, when it all clicks into place, you realized that you guessed right, but with some twists you didn’t see coming. And that’s what I love about this show. It gives enough room for you to be able to predict some things, and still manages to pull out the rug from under you at the very end.

Here, the case involved Dirk needing to find “The Boy”, the only person who could save a fairytale world called Wendimoor, which, ended up being a creation of “The Boy”. Later, it turns out that “The Boy” is Project Moloch, an old man in a coma in Blackwing who can warp reality, and things were happening due to the fact that he got a stroke, causing the walls of reality to thin, causing objects from his created reality to seep into our world.

Along the way, we meet Suzie Boreton (Amanda Walsh), a selfish housewife, who, after being given a magic wand and becoming the apprentice of the evil wizard named Mage (John Hannah), decides to embrace the darkness in her so that she could stop the Boy from returning and rule over Wendimoor. Of course, we know that in the end, that doesn’t happen.

Prior to all of this, Dirk was in Blackwing, and escapes thanks to the help of Project Lamia or Mona Wilder (Alexia Fast), who can shape shift into inanimate objects, and who was in contact with a magical entity in Wendimoor who could transport people to different places. While that was happening, Todd contracted Pararibulitis, went on the run with Farah, and later, they all investigated the case with the help of Sheriff Sherlock Hobbs (Tyler Labine), and Deputy Tina Tevetino (Izzie Steele).

It was also interesting how Pararibulitis works differently in Wendimoor, and that it allowed Amanda and Todd to be able to contribute in a way.

I loved the fact that we got to learn more about Farah Black (Jade Eshete) this season, and learned why she wanted to be in law enforcement in the first place.

It was also interesting how Todd here was the more optimistic and enthusiastic one, encouraging everyone, including a pretty down Dirk, because he figured that that’s the only way he would be able to cope with everything until he finally finds Amanda. His journey also parallels Suzie’s. They are both not great people and they both want to be able to make things right for them. However, Suzie does it in a way that gets others hurt, and for selfish reasons; while Todd, along the way, becomes a little bit more selfless as he is a much better person and friend to both Farah and Dirk.

Dirk was pretty much down and beating himself up over things for most of this season. This, of course, is still because of the fact that Patrick Spring and a whole lot of people already died in season 1, and then Todd’s life was in shambles and some more because of him, and then he ended up getting captured and being subjected to tests in order for Hugo Friedkin to figure out what he is without any much result. He began to doubt himself, and tried to go against the universe, but in the end, he did what was right, found his purpose, and still let the universe do its own thing. I love that his power, in the end, is to “put people WHERE they are supposed to be”. He’s been doing it ever since day one.

His journey parallels Bart’s. She started out still believing in the universe and in fate, with some changes. However, those changes messed things up completely. She should have killed Suzie when the universe told her to do so, but she didn’t, and everything bad happened. In the end, she ended up more defeatist than anything else. And I feel bad that she ended up in Blackwing, and not really doing much to defy things from within.

Ken and Hugo were such an interesting dynamic to watch, and seeing Ken’s evolution to becoming the villain was just fun to watch. Ken went from trying to help Bart, to fully accepting in the whole “flow of the universe thing”, but he believes it in a twisted sort of way. He wants to be able to make sure that the universe does its thing, but in a more forceful, “I’m also in charge” sort of way. Since he has the knowledge, that means he’s the only one who can follow the universe’s wishes to the letter, even though it doesn’t work that way.

I love that he ends up being the big bad, and I think that if there is a Season 3, he’s the one to defeat, and I think that Friedkin, whose transformation to a good guy was great, will become an avatar for the  universe, but will try to enact things in a different way from what Dirk and the others do.

I’m really interested in whether Amanda and the others would be able to collect the other Blackwing subjects, and to see why the universe is breaking, and their roles in this upcoming big battle is.

Hopefully, we will see all of that if there ever is a season 3.

Also, when Todd hung up their Detective Agency sign, it was just so satisfying to see.

In the end, the show’s second season upped the ante and left us hankering for more with its world building to the point that all of the show’s fans do hope that Netflix can pick this up for at least one more season, just to tie up all the loose threads. It was phenomenal from start to finish, and definitely a must watch.

What did you think of the second season of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”? Would you want to see a third season of this show? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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