Friday, June 22, 2018

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – season 2 – review

Director: Various

First Aired: 2017

Contains spoilers

Based (loosely) on the books by Douglas Adams, I looked at season 1 of this series here.

The primary reason for doing so was because of the characters the Rowdy 3, 4 “Anomalous entities” who are actually energy vampires. However, covering off the end of Season 1 (spoilers if you haven’t watched that yet). The CIA project Blackwing has become active and is aggressively capturing and testing the AEs.

coffin like prison
At the season cross-point Dirk (Samuel Barnett, Penny Dreadful) has been captured and is being tested, as have three of the Rowdy 3 though they are on ice in coffin like containment. The last member, Vogel (Osric Chau), is on the run with Amanda (Hannah Marks) and separate to his sister, Todd (Elijah Wood, Paris Je T’aime) along with Farrah (Jade Eshete) are also on the run (and on the FBI most wanted list). Last of all, Bart (Fiona Dourif, True Blood) escaped the army sent to catch her but has been separated from companion Ken (Mpho Koaho), who is held in Blackwing on the assumption he has powers (he doesn’t). If I had a small frown, it was that we didn’t see Bart slaughter the army sent for her.

Martin feeding
The story this time around centres on a world/separate dimension called Wendimoor – a world created in the mind of a small child where the laws of physics do not hold true. Unfortunately Wendimoor and reality are beginning to cross over with weak spots allowing things to transfer between worlds. In Wendimoor, Amanda’s paraibulitis, which Todd also has, is controllable and even allows her to access magic. The story is convoluted but perhaps we see the solution much quicker than Dirk – who is enveloped in self-doubt through the season.

Vogel feeds on Amanda
As for the rest of the Rowdy 3, they are broken out of Blackwing and reunited with Amanda and Vogel. Note that they were 4 but called 3, and then they added Amanda to their ranks… this is all an Easter egg referring to The Hitchhiker’s Guide and the number of books in the trilogy. Could they be gaining a 6th member? The Rowdy 3 play an integral role in the season but we don’t really see much else with regards the lore of their vampirism and I really don’t want to spoil the central mystery too much. So there is nothing left to say but 7.5 out of 10.

The imdb page is here.

On DVD @ Amazon US


Bill Courtney said...

Andy, I still read blogs from my blog roll on rainy mornings, like this one, and I al amazed you still consistently, almost daily, churn out vampire posts. One would think the final word was laid down long ago but I see there is always one more to add at TMTV. Fantastic!

Taliesin_ttlg said...

Thanks Bill