Have you ever found one of those shows….
Your friends have been telling you to see it for what feels like ages. It is incredibly weird. A little scary. And next thing you know it’s 10pm at night and you just marathoned the whole thing in a day.
Well, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” IS that show.
Overall: 8/10 (it does get a little *too* confusing in parts)
Binge-ability: 10/10 (once you’re hooked, YOU’RE HOOKED.)
Characters: 9/10 (you will both hate and love every single character at different points in the show)
Quote-ability: 10/10 (“LOOK OUT, HE’S GOT THE SHARK!”)
Animal cameos: 100,000,000/10 (There are both corgis and kittens.)
Confused after watching the trailer? Most likely. And that is ok, it is a very confusing show. But it is confusing in the best way ever.
Imagine if “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” had a crossover. First of all, you’re probably thinking it would be amazing (it would), but that is also an accurate way of summing up this show.
I can’t say much without giving it away. I had the great fortune of going into this show totally blind, aside from a few friends telling me that I had to watch it. And hopefully, you get the chance to be totally and completely caught off guard by it as well.
Minor spoiler alert, read on if you want a bit of an idea of what you’re getting into.
The show, though named for Dirk Gently, mainly focuses on a man named Todd. Todd is that guy you went to college with who tried to make it big with a rock band, and failed. He is uniquely empathetic, and it will drive you crazy after about 3 episodes.
Dirk Gently is a self-described holistic detective, and as we mentioned before, is basically Sherlock with people skills.
OK, he’s still not great with the people skills.
Either way, these two manage to become a part of each other’s lives through a series of (what seem like) ridiculous coincidences. But one of the first lessons this show teaches is that everything is connected. And they play that up to a terrifying extent.
The rest of the season goes everywhere, and everywhen. Seriously. There is (minor spoiler) time travel, body switching, body stealing, cats, sharks, corgis, gorilla masks, and soul sucking.
^ Things like this actually make sense, once you’ve seen the whole thing.
Needless to say, it is an exciting, confusing, wild, hilarious show, and I’ve been recommending it to everyone since watching it. But, a warning to parents: this is not an innocent and happy show. At best, it is an extremely dark comedy. They do not hold back on the blood, or the swearing. It is strongly recommended you watch it AFTER the kids have gone to bed.
“‘Flixperts” reviews Netflix exclusives and specials. It was conceived by Eilish after an ill-fated Netflix binge. Not everything can be the next OITNB, and she wants to help you narrow it down so you spend your after work hours watching only the best shows and specials. Her heart is in the right place, she promises. You can follow her on Twitter, and Instagram.