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In these cases, holistic detective work, looks a lot like regular TV sleuthing
on December 17, 2015
Bottom Line First: Not that funny. For some reason holistic detective work looks a like all other Sherlock Holmes based detective work. The lead is a mostly hateful twerp, made up to look and directed to act as ugly and creepy as possible. This is not too far from the Dirk Gently books, but on screen it can be hard to watch. For diehard fans of the late Douglas Adams and for those who like misogynist, socially repulsive private eyes who can solve their cases. An attentive viewer who is not snowed by the holistic stuff will usually have an idea of the solution long before the reveal.
There were only two books in the Dirk Gently series, mostly because of the early passing of author, Douglas Adams. I found the first one a tad hard to read. The second, was a fun ride with a wacky detective. The original broadcast of this TV show somehow got by me and I was eager to see the 2 DVD set. I am happiest that it is only a 2 DVD set.
The character of Dirk Gently was never meant to be attractive. This much the writers and director got correct. The problem is that the TV Dirk Gently is not intended to be taken in controlled bites. You are expected to watch him be aggravating, dishonest and otherwise unlikable for an hour at a time. This tops being funny and starts being aggravating. This is not what I want as my television watching experience.
The various plots are more or less tinged with Sci-Fi aspects, and the politics of the late 1980’s, actually more like the 1970’s but Adams was not one to produce copy on time. Of course he does not get along well with women, real ones anyway. Of course Dirk does illegal break ins and hides evidence, is hated by the local police and in turn has a low opinion of them and takes it personal when his clients die, esp before paying for services rendered and so on down the usual check list.
I had been hoping for something more like A Hitch Hikers guide to the Galaxy and got something more like Sherlock Holmes but with a less pleasant personality. Keep in mind the original Sherlock Holmes was not known for his social graces.