Dirk Gently is a "holistic detective" who solves cases by making connections between seemingly unconnected things. The TV series is based on the books by Douglas Adams, though the writers have really just taken Dirk's character and made up everything else from there. In the first season Dirk met his assistant, Todd, and Hannah, a security guard who wants to be a police officer, and his sister Amanda fell in with the Rowdy Three, four (they can't seem to count) vampires who feed on human emotions and deliberately create chaos and destruction to elicit fear in their victims. They also met Bart, a holistic assassin (the universe tells her who to kill) and her assistant, Ken. Dirk, Todd and Hannah solved a case, then were hunted down by Project Blackwing, a shadowy government organisation that collects people with special abilities.
Season 2 begins with two feuding great families in a strange land called Wendimore. Silas Dengdamor (Lee Majdoub), the prince of the powerful Dengdamor family urges Panto Trost (Christopher Russell), his lover and prince of the rival family, to find Dirk Gently, which Panto sets out to do by travelling to another world through a portal. Dirk is imprisoned by Project Blackwing as Hannah and Todd are searching for him while on the run from the FBI. They team up with local law enforcement in rural Montana to investigate some strange events. Bart is searching for Ken, who was also taken by Blackwing, while Amanda and Vogel (Osric Chau), the remaining free members of the Rowdy Three are searching for the rest of their group using Amanda's visions to guide them. Dirk meets Mona, another one of Blackwing's subjects who has the ability to shapeshift, and she tells him to "find the boy", thus setting him up with a new case to solve.
Panto Trost (Christopher Russell), the finest swordsman in all Wendimore. He has pink hair, because of course he does.
Meanwhile, the Mage (John Hannah), an evil wizard from Wendimore, has also come through a portal into the real world and is causing mayhem with his magic. Disabled housewife Suzie Boreton steals the mage's spare magic wand and begins making a few changes to her own life and those of the people around her.
John Hannah as the Mage.
Vogel and Silas meet the weird troll creatures in the woods.
Sound confusing? It is, but it starts to make more sense as it goes on. Season 2 doesn't quite live up to the humour and cleverness of the first season, but it is still surreal and funny and keeps you guessing until the end. The Wendimore scenes in particular are visually spectacular, if silly much of the time. The mystery is intriguing and the performances are great. Alan Tudyk joins the cast as the dangerously unhinged bounty hunter Mr Priest, who is hired by Blackwing to capture Amanda and Vogel. He does menacing very well.
Alan Tudyk as Mr Priest. "They bring me in for violations, not protocol."
Amanda's journey from being frightened to even leave her home to a woman learning to use her own power to defend herself is enjoyable to watch. So is the transformation of Sgt. Hugo Friedkin (Dustan Milligan), from confused underling to the confused head of Blackwing, now trying to stop someone else from shooting first and asking questions later. As with the first season, there is a fairy high body count, and even whimsical Wendimore is full of dangers.
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency season 2 isn't quite as good as the first season, but there is still plenty of mystery, drama and absurd humour to keep viewers interested.