DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY Review: “Two Sane Guys Doing Normal Things”

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Everything is connected, and also, about to fall apart in the finale episode of DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, “Two Sane Guys Doing Normal Things.” I feel as though I should be a whole lot angrier about this season finale. Typically, I hate when TV shows leave you hanging on the edge of your seat for an indefinite amount of time while you wait for the next season – I’ve had a beef with Sherlock about this for years now. Especially because you know when the writer(s) wrote the show, they didn’t know if the show would be picked up for another season. Why would you leave your fans hanging like that? This is why Chuck wrapped itself up nicely about five times before the actual series finale.

Okay, so I know wrapping ends up in neat little bows doesn’t actually make for the best storytelling, especially when you want fans to be interested enough to return for the second season. So I’ll stop the complaining there. Besides, I ain’t mad at the Dirk Gently season finale. It was dope. I was merely confused at my lack of anger, considering the finale episode did everything I typically hate in finale episodes:1) Killed off a likeable character when you weren’t expecting them to die, 2) Introduced a large story development at the very last possible moment, and 3) left a cliffhanger that not only prevents the episode from wrapping itself up, but also makes the episode sad instead of happy.

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Somehow, though, with Dirk, it just managed to work in a way that I’ve never seen work in other shows. Of course, by this point my absolute love for this show may be clouding my judgment, but who cares? I enjoyed it. Given the incredibly strong writing throughout the season, it only stands to reason the finale would work its magic in the same way.

But despite a messy ending, the show does a fantastic resolving the loose ends of the case, and indeed, everything is connected. Just as Dirk and Todd are going to be cornered by the creepy bald dudes, Farrah and Estevez come in to save the day. It takes a lot of coaxing and some swift and sleuthy moves on Farrah’s part to calm Estevez and convince him of the truth about the case, but he finally gives in and believes them. Dirk and Todd tell Farrah and Estevez they need to take Lydia and the corgi to the Spring mansion to switch their bodies out.

While that’s happening, the men of the machine are gathering their forces together to meet Dirk and the team at the mansion, since the time machine was destroyed in the confrontation with Estevez at the animal sanctuary. They want to steal back the old machine so they can continue to switch bodies.

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Bart also has a renewed vigor after Ken gives her another pep talk. Goodness, those two are crazy. I’m not sure if Ken has always been crazy, or if being around Bart has made him deranged, but he’s got the crazy maniacal laugh down.

At the Spring mansion, the four are finally able to switch Lydia Spring back into her body. Yay! Just in time for there to be a massive confrontation outside with the men of the machine. Lucky for Estevez and Farrah, the Rowdy 3 show up and beat the crap out of most of the guys for them. Dirk and Todd try to send the machine back in time, but it’s still broken, and they’re not sure how to fix it. Lucky for them, Bart and Ken show up, and Ken realizes that this machine is what he was originally hired to fix – by the men of the machine. So he fixes it, and they send it back in time to start the time loop over. And, as it turns out, Bart was never meant to kill Dirk Gently. She was meant to protect him. How or why she started her journey to kill him in the first place remains unanswered.

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With the time machine sent back in time and the men of the machine defeated, everyone goes on with the separate lives. Amanda stays with Todd at his apartment long enough for Todd to wake up and for her to convince him to forgive Dirk before she takes off with the Rowdy 3. Dirk is in the hospital, but is recovering nicely and gets discharged, where Todd is there to meet him. They meet up with Farrah, who has just send Lydia Spring out of the country for her safety, and who, thanks to Lydia Spring, has just come into four million dollars. She wants to make an investment in Dirk’s detective business. Bart and Ken are off on their way to who knows where after Bart tells Ken that if he wants to go, he can, and Ken tells Bart he’s not going anywhere.

All seems happy until Estevez shows back up at the police precinct to an office that’s being ransacked and gets shot by the dopey young Sergeant of the military program that started this whole thing in the first place. Then that snowballs, and soon Bart and Ken are surrounded by military people, Dirk is kidnapped off the street, and the Rowdy 3 are being closed in on. When that happens, Amanda is told to run and she does. She calls Todd for help, but as he tells her he’s on his way to save her, he has an episode of pararibulitis – the very disease that haunts Amanda.

And that’s where this season ends. Thank goodness we get a second season to figure out what’s going to happen next! Until then, let’s all hope the military doesn’t kill Dirk first.

A+ Grade

Season 1, Episode 8 (S01E08)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency airs Saturdays at 9PM on BBC America

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Tasha is a freelance writer currently based in Los Angeles. Originally from Kansas, when she’s not writing about or watching TV, Tasha is searching for the best BBQ place in LA to fill the KC BBQ hole in her stomach. 
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