TV Review: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency swears there’s a method to its madness

“Everything is connected.” That’s the motto of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a mantra of interconnectedness that the new BBC America series never tires of repeating. Sometimes it makes its claim with a surprising elegance, tracing a delicate line from one bizarre, seemingly insane event to another. Other times, it simply shouts the words at the viewer, before rushing off to its next big idea.

The main proponent of said philosophy is Dirk Gently himself (Samuel Barnett), an apparent detective who solves cases by wandering into random situations and observing what happens next. His life becomes inexplicably—and inextricably—intertwined with that of a dull bellboy named Todd (Elijah Wood), when the latter walks into a bizarre murder scene in the penthouse of his hotel. “Have you noticed an acceleration of strangeness in your life of late?” Gently asks, motormouthed, after breaking into Todd’s apartment later that …

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