[Note: Due to our writer/editor for this piece being in Japan for a week, some articles will be late.]
When we left our strange but endearing characters of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Blackwing had captured Dirk, the Rowdy 3 were fighting for their lives as Vogel and Amanda escaped, and Bart and Ken were facing down an entire military.
We don’t pick up immediately, (and why would we, this is Dirk, where things are never quite the right way) but instead open on a small child telling the story of a weird fantasy world. There are two warring factions, and at the center are two men who are on opposite sides, but in love; a Romeo and Romeo situation, as it were. While this would seem like just a strange diversion–one of the men knows the only way to stop the war is to find…Dirk Gently! So here we go, folks: the weirdness is going to get weirder.
We get back to the ‘normal’ story, now; Dirk has been kept in the Blackwing facility for 63 days, where he has been failing every one of their tests to prove he’s psychic (197 tests to be exact). It’s painful to watch–Project Icarus, run under the complete idiot Sgt. Hugo Friedkin (who, to this day, still looks like a bootleg version of Chris Evans), just doesn’t understand what it means to be a Holistic Detective. Dirk is desperately trying to keep it together, and it’s clear that the show, which found its heart in the later episodes of the last season, is continuing that byline in the beginning of season 2. Friedkin claims that his friends aren’t coming for him–but of course that’s not the case.
Todd and Farah are having their own issues as they are on the run from every government agency, and looking for Dirk. They end up in Bergsberg, Montana (whose motto is, “Once you’re here, you gone”), and are there to meet Farah’s brother–who can’t provide much help but deal Farah another blow: her father died. While it’s clear that Farah has grown to care even more for Todd in the past two months, them running has not energized her as it has Todd. Todd seems almost energized, fully part of the ‘Holistic’ mind-process now, and fully devoted to finding his friend, and finding Amanda.
Amanda’s part is small in this episode–we simply check in to show that she and Vogel are still struggling to find the Rowdy 3, but like Dirk, she is having visions of cases, as well. Whether it means they are connected–well, more than the ‘everything is connected’ theme– time will tell. It’s just good to see Amanda taking on a leadership position and helping Vogel, who is clearly struggling without his Rowdy boys.
Season 2 is continuing to deal with the aftermath of Todd’s ‘real’ diagnosis of Pararibulitis; he only has four of Amanda’s pills left, and after an encounter where he hallucinates flies coming out of his mouth while trying to deal with the local sheriff Sherlock Hobbs (played by none other than Voltron’s Hunk, Tyler Labine), Farah has to rescue him and get him some place safe. Todd left his bottle of pills behind, though, meaning Hobbs easily figures out who they are later.
We also meet another new character to the series, a woman named Suzie; she has more than enough troubles with a son who destroys a car in a fit of anger, and an injury left over from an ‘accident’.
She works in a quarry, and it’s clear that everyone around her beats her down. One thing this show has done, time and time again, is give those who are mistreated and ill-suited to their lives a chance to find something new–so that is coming for Suzie, as well. Her boss (who lets slip he has a ton of dynamite laying around), has clearly pissed off the wrong people, and a mysterious man (played by the amazing John Hannah) comes by to murder Suzie’s boss in front of her with her own pen.
Back at Blackwing, Friedkin goes to look at another piece of the ‘projects:’ Project Molok. Supposedly the man is the most powerful metahuman they have, but has been in a coma since he had a stroke, which Friedkin thinks isn’t ‘cool’. Seriously, I love that Friedkin isn’t some crazy mastermind–he’s just a petulant boy who is incredibly stupid.
In his frustration he goes to see Ken, who he has been keeping in the taxi he was captured in–and no matter how much Ken protests, he can’t get them to believe he’s a normal human…all because Bart never murdered him. But hey, the corgi is there too! This again proves that Bart has a heart, and despite her ‘kill always’ drive, those she cares about are spared. Like Todd, Ken has come to fully believe in the ‘holistic’ world. Again, Ken and Todd are playing as mirrors to each other: but then again, we should know that, as everything is connected.
Dirk is truly struggling at this point. He dreams of being saved by Todd and Farah, but I think he worries that it may never happen; he is forced to go see Molok as well, where it’s revealed that he was his old ‘assistant’–well, at least someone that Dirk would talk to all the time. The warmth with which Dirk speaks of his friends to Molok (still in a coma), is heartbreaking. This seems to be the thing that finally breaks him, as he starts screaming at Friedkin. There is a lot one could read into Dirk’s personality, but at his core is a man so unique but so incredibly lonely–having friends for the first time, and having those taken away from him…it would unravel anyone.
Upon finding an abandoned house that has a fence around it and a security system on the door, Todd thinks he has finally found the key to Dirk. Farah isn’t so sure, but Todd, so desperate to make this true, ends up running after a rabbit in a field for hours thinking it will lead them to something. The sheer exuberance with which Todd goes after the creature shows how close he is to the end of his own rope. There is this sheer hope within him–but is it only covering up for some dark despair, just lingering beneath the surface?
It’s something that Farah certainly thinks is happening, and says so, thinking that this is all about Todd finding a cure for his disease. However, Todd thinks he deserves what has happened to him, for all his lying–and that finding his friends is all that matter.
And sure enough, Todd was right about this being a link: a car falls out of a tree nearby. We then cut to the strange man in white (the one who killed Suzie’s boss) at the house Todd found. Again…Todd was right.
Speaking of Suzie, she’s in a bit of trouble; there are some men who are planning on using a magic wand on her, but Bart arrives to save the day, taking out everyone but Suzie. However, she terrifies the poor woman so much that Suzie grabs the wand and somehow uses it on Bart. I’m sure the wand ties into the story we saw at the beginning of the episode, somehow.
It is great to see Bart, as well, who is also struggling, unsure of why the universe is doing this to her.
And really, who knows why the universe is doing this to anyone–besides that it’s all connected. (Getting tired of that yet, guys?)? Friedkin ends up getting frustrated watching Dirk in Blackwing, and goes off to get coffee. The stress toy we’ve seen him messing with all episode suddenly starts moving, and through a series of events, eventually reveals itself to be a shapeshifting woman–another person that Dirk knows. She tells him to “Find the boy,” and then does something to cause our dear Dirk to disappear. To where, who knows–we’ll have to find out next week!