SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Season 2 - Advance Preview

The first season of Max Landis' "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" was aggressively strange television. And while the parameters of what can be considered weird on TV have now shifted considerably after the airing of David Lynch's masterpiece "Twin Peaks: The Return" this summer, "Gently" is still a deeply indiosyncratic show, with its own distinctively bizarre voice. Whether you like the show or not (it, as well as the man who has developed the property for BBC America, has proven to be divisive), its uniqueness should be celebrated.

I enjoyed the first season of the show quite a bit. At first I was skeptical: I enjoyed the filmmaking and the general oddness and seeming randomness of everything, but as the season wore on I was won over, as it became increasingly clear that there was some sort of order - narrative or otherwise - to the chaos. As leftover pieces of plot slipped into place in the season's home stretch, the show demonstrated a terrific command of tone, as well as a solid understanding of its characters.

That understanding of character is on full display in the first two episodes of the new season, and helps push the episodes through their more expository patches. There are more than a few instances in these episodes where the scipt and dialogue strain and groan as the writers attempt to move all the pieces into place for the remaining episodes, but the characters, old and new, are engaging and enjoyable enough so that some clunky set-up can be somewhat forgiven.

The central unit of Dirk, Todd, and Farah remain a delight, and the show has become only stronger now that a strange sort of bond has emerged between the three weirdos that so much of the show revolves around. While the show has yet to fully figure out who Amanda is as a character, her search for the Rowdy Three this season gives her the agency she lacked last year. The astonishing stupidity of Friedkin - who runs a secret government task-force whose goal is to capture Dirk and others like him - still hasn't worn thin, and while these two episodes were frustratingly light on both Bart and Ken (who were easily the highlights of last season), their appearances are hilarious and (in the case of Bart) oddly touching.

There are some notable additions to the cast this season, in particular Alan Tudyk and Batiatus himself John Hannah. While we learn very little about their respective characters in these episodes, seeing those two great actors being given the chance to ham it up on screen (nobody does that better than Hannah) is a delight.

One of the things that most impressed me about "Gently" last year was the deft world-building that was woven through each episode, designed to shade in the world of the show and give it further personality without calling attention to itself. The show felt comfortable intrducing new corners of this strange world without feeling the need to over-explain them. And this season continues in that vain, especially with the inclusion of a wonderfully campy fantasy world in which people fight each other not with swords but with giant scissors (seriously).

These two episodes introduce a lot of disparate plot threads, and the show seems to be in no particular hurry to tie them all together and have everything make sense (according to the show's own internal logic). Given that much of this season's eventual success will depend on how elegantly it does that, these two episodes are not a fair sample size with which to judge the quality of the season as a whole. And while they're also unlikely to attract those who didn't respond to last season (this show is certainly not for everybody), they do suggest that we're in for a strong stretch of episodes, one that doubles down on everything that made the first season such a singular experience.

Get Email Alerts

About The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel

Every day 100's of items are submitted to us and we don't always have the time to make separate posts for the news and/or there is so much that it would quickly push all other items off the homepage.

So a result we've come up with the idea of the Newsreel, which will feature smaller shows and news items as they happen.

There will be a new Newsreel each day, and as news is added we will update the post and and push it back to the top of the site so that you can see that new items have been added. A tweet of the item will also be sent to our @SpoilerTV account.

New Items will be listed at the top of the article.

This will allow us to provide more news on more shows in a much more timely fashion
About Movie News Roundup

Rather that creating lots of new posts as new info is released and fragmenting the commentary, we thought it would be a good idea for the upcoming major movies to create a single post for each major movies that will collate all the info as it's posted.

New items will be added to the top of the list as well as the post being re-posted back to the top of the homepage when a new item is added. We will additionally send out a fresh tweet alerting you of the new information.

This will allow you to bookmark this page so that you can return to it whenever you like. It will also help consolidate all the discussion on this movie in a central place and make it less likely that you'll miss some key information.