Written by Freddy Valle
Time travel, mystery, murder, and corgis are all typical in an episode of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Based on the famous novel of the same name by the late Douglas Adams, the show follows Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), an atypical detective, accompanied by a reluctant companion, Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood), who both go on over-the-top and absurd adventures.
I had the pleasure of attending the panel at New York Comic Con. The event began with Max Landis (creator and writer) walking on stage, and leading the audience in singing I Want it that Way by the Backstreet Boys. In typical Dirk fashion, it was weird and didn’t make sense, but it was hilarious. It was an excellent way to break the ice, and to segue into a screening of the first episode of the soon-to-be-aired season.
The opening sequence features medieval men battling with scissor swords, which are much cooler than they sound. It was spectacular; an absolute ride. I won’t spoil any more surprises, but the episode goes off the rails (in a good way of course). It lays the groundwork for what promises to be a more ambitious and wacky season.
After the episode, Landis came out along with cast members Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks (Amanda Brotzman), Fiona Dourif (Bart Curlish), Jade Eshete (Farah Black), and Mpho Koaho (Ken) to answer questions.
Landis first began by explaining how the second season will be more ambitious than the previous one. Similar to how Adams made a bigger sequel with The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. Landis described the first season as relatively tame compared to what is yet to come. He also mentioned how this is “a Farah season.” It will expand on her character.
The cast were asked questions regarding their time off stage. Wood humorously recounted a time when some of the cast attempted to complete an escape the room challenge. They failed. They were even given an extra thirty minutes, and could not finish without the help of those working the challenge.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency second season premieres Saturday, October 14 on BBC America.