Dirk Gently S2E5 Review: Shapes and Colors

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S2E5: Shapes and Colors

We start off in Windimore, where we finally see who has been holding the candle–it’s a strange creature, who tells us the story so far. She’s the witch we have heard so much about, and her design, the makeup, prosthetics are genuinely impressive.

This entire episode was filled with moving moments, where our characters grew closer together and understood how much they meant to one another–even the new additions. Sherlock deputized Farah in front of Suzie’s house, knowing she needed to be ‘official’ going forward. This brought tears to Farah’s eyes. It was clear that she’s always tried to be someone to enforce the law, to help others, even when it wasn’t part of her job–for it to be made official meant more than she could say. Sherlock gave her something incredibly meaningful without truly realizing the implications.

Suzie is at home and is faking her limp, trying to get Farah and Sherlock to believe that she’s just as she’s always been. To keep the spell book from being discovered, she distracts Farah by blaming her son Scott for killing her dog; she tells them to go to a concert to find the boy. Sherlock mentions that Dirk would be interested in this–which means, of course, that Suzie is interested. Luckily, our plucky good guys know that Suzie is just trying to divert attention, so they are going to go to the concert and grab Scott; he’s a minor, so Suzie will have to come in for questioning.

Meanwhile, Tara, Todd, and Dirk are getting breakfast. Dirk hopes that this is the start of being a normal detective–something boring and safe. He is so desperate to keep those he cares about safe that he would rather renounce what he is, than face the truth of it. However, true to the Universe’s fashion, their waiter happens to be the (a?) boy: Arnold Cardinas. Sorry, Dirk. Arnold is in his late fifties, and seems highly traumatized by all that has occured in this town. He asks to be taken to his old house, where he explains that he drew everything on the walls–and that the Mage always loses. Let’s hope that fiction(?) stays true to reality, this time.

The one relationship that continues to surprise and delight me is the blooming friendship between Bart and Panto. Panto genuinely wants to know about her, and as he doesn’t know anything of her violence, seems to slip under her defenses; he says she’s beautiful, and that he isn’t scared of her. I’m genuinely not sure where this relationship is going, but the more positive people in Bart’s life, the better. Panto even asks what her childhood was like, but she can’t remember. Panto, for his part, says his past was kinder than hers, and was filled with dancing. Windimore seems a better place than our world, and Panto thinks Bart could thrive there; I agree.  I’m starting to wonder if perhaps all the ‘special’ people in our world originated from Windimore, and transferred over at some point in the past.

Back in Windimore, Amanda, Farsen, and Vogel are heading towards the witches. I feel bad for Amanda; despite showing great power in last episode, she is still freaking out over what it all means, and ends up making Vogel cry. He clearly has even less of a handle on what is going on than she does, and reacts strongly to her unmoored emotions. Eventually, Amanda meets with a strange coven of creatures, lead by the woman we saw at the beginning of the episode–whom Amanda recognizes as the voice in her visions. It seems that Amanda can tap into her inner eye to see and touch multiple worlds/timelines. With training, she could see everything, and go everywhere. While Amanda is scared of this power, I think it’s an interesting development. It means that her disease is most likely tied into her ability–and perhaps Todd might eventually develop it, as well. Amanda, a character who has felt so powerless for years, finally has the chance to take things into her own hands–I hope she does.

While we might have thought that finding Arnold Cardinas might bring us a bit closer to solving our mystery, the man seems entirely too messed up to give any good answers. He does mention that 1) the boat from the first episode fell from the sky, and 2) that strange things occurred once, but then stopped–and were all caused from dreams. Seeing Panto causes him to have a heart attack, as he believes that the precious pink-haired boy shouldn’t be able to exist in our world. Sherlock goes with him to the hospital while the rest decide to go to the concert. Dirk again struggles with all of these events, blaming himself for Arnold’s heart attack. Or, in his words, “He’s 5/8ths more dead-ish now than before.”


As the Calem Knights start to close in on Amanda and the witches’ location, she sees a vision of the Rowdy 3. Scared for Vogel and the rest, Amanda states she can’t fight these knights–but is urged to try bring someone across who can. Plunging her hands into the mysterious waters before her, she searches, trying to pull her boys into Windimore. She accomplishes it, and hell yes the Rowdy Three are five again; I’ve never been so happy to see psychic vampires in my life.

Upset over possibly causing Arnold to have a heart attack, Panto is in need of cheering up–and surprisingly, Bart is the one to do it. Remembering what he said about his family dancing, Bart starts to dance for him. It is genuinely one of the most pure and sweet moments I’ve seen on the show. Watching Bart grow and shine– and actively try to brighten someone’s day without any violence– is exactly why this show is so amazing: characters rely on each other, and grow because of it.

Everyone save Sherlock arrives at the party, where they split up, attempting to find Scott. Suzie arrives around the same time, and spots Dirk, but thwarted from reaching him due to the crowd.  She fires off a calming/happy spell, but has her wand thrown from her hand. It gives our characters time to enjoy the strange spell, where they all profess their inner feelings. Again, it’s a heartwarming scene, where each of them realizes how important they are to one another–and Farah even admits she’s one of the freaks! Again, bless this show for it’s moments of pathos.

Things can’t all be roses, though; the Mage has found the drawings in the house, and keeps repeating that this isn’t how it’s supposed to be. If they provide him a way to keep himself alive, or just will drive him to more destruction, time will tell. More importantly, Sherlock arrives at the house around the same time, and ends up being ambushed by the Mage–we see a flash as the wand goes off, and Sherlock’s fate is unknown. He better be okay, though.

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