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BBC America debuts weird, intriguing 'Dirk Gently'

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:10 PM Written by 


BBC America's latest series, "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" (9 p.m. Saturday), comes off as an odd but fun distraction.

But to appreciate it, you better like weird shows that seem uninterested in providing answers. "Dirk Gently" doesn't just set up weirdness and then explain it; it just keeps getting stranger and stranger as it goes. 

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The story begins with Seattle hotel bellhop Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood, "Wilfred") having a bad day that involves unpaid rent, a sick sister and opening a locked hotel room door at his workplace and finding a crime scene. Then he meets yellow-jacketed Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), who cubs Todd his assistant, much to Todd's dismay, and things start getting weirder as Dirk tries to prove clues don't matter, connections do, hence his "holistic" detective agency.

By the end of the first episode, Todd is a suspect in multiple murders. And coincidences pile up like snow and seem to prove Dirk's theory that everything is connected.

This includes Todd's sister, a cute corgi, a winning lottery ticket, crazy dudes who emerge from a van, a woman held hostage and a dim military sharpshooter.

At times "Dirk Gently" feels like one long, never-ending tease but the show is so strange and consistently surprising and unpredictable it seems likely to find some sort of a cult audience.

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