YMMV / Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

The 2016 series

  • Creepy Awesome: Bart, the holistic assassin.
  • Complete Monster: The Mage, Kellum, from season 2, is a conqueror of many lands, recently setting his sights on the world of Wendimoor. Manipulating a feud between two powerful families, the Trosts and the Dengdamors, the Made seeks to weaken them before annihilating both with his armies. To make the conflict bloodier, the Mage sells real world guns to the Dengdamors and blames his own kidnapping of a Dengdamor prince on the Trosts. In the real world, the Mage corrupts mentally unstable Suzie Borden into becoming his psychotic apprentice, herself going on to cause many deaths. Realizing he is destined to be defeated in Wendimoor, the Mage abandons his conquest; instead deciding to satisfy his sadism by tormenting people in the real world. Confronted by Farah and Tina, the Mage uses magic to make them shoot and wound each other. To save himself from the prophecy of his defeat, the Mage tries to have the local sheriff drive a car full of explosives into the magical portal to Wendimoor.
  • Crazy Awesome: The Rowdy 3.
  • Ear Worm: "First Things First" by Neon Trees.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • When Amanda is smashing up a police car with the Rowdy 3 after first meeting them, she suffers another pararibulitis attack. They all crowd around her, you expect something bad to happen since they feed on people's fear... then they end up helping her, by sucking the negative energy out of her and causing the attack to stop.
      Cross: You're not gonna have to put up with that shit anymore.
      [Amanda gives them all a small but grateful smile]
      • Technically, this is not the first time they fed on her and ended an attack. The first time was in the grocery store parking lot, after they'd been stalking her for an episode-and-a-half, and after which they brought her home unharmed along with her groceries. It's made clear that feeding on her pararibulitis attacks sustains them while giving her relief. It's very symbiotic, which is heartwarming.
    • Todd coming back to Dirk after the case is over.
    • The last scenes of the finale before the cliffhanger: Dirk, Todd, and Farah start the titular detective agency, Amanda is dancing happily with the Rowdy 3, and Ken and Bart travel together.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The series lives on this, especially towards the end of its first season.
  • Internet Backdraft: The announcement that the show would end after merely two seasons, really enraged the fans; for many it was the Last Straw and evidence that BBC America is inevitably headed for an irreversible case of Network Decay; with the exceptions of Doctor Who, Graham Norton, Top Gear, and David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries on Sunday morning the network's lineup is now an endless parade of Star Trek and CSI: Miami reruns — actual British programs which are supposed to be the channel's main selling point, are more or less nowhere to be found.
  • Iron Woobie: The Blackwing projects. They've lived their lives as experiments by the CIA and suffer trauma from it, but they still try to live their lives the way they want to.
  • Les Yay: The way Tina fangirls over Farah and constantly asks her along on investigations seems like a developing crush.
  • Lost in Medias Res: The first episode rapidly introduces a number of unexplained plot points which are resolved throughout the season.
  • Memetic Badass: Farah Black should be one by now.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The CIA program, Blackwing. They experimented on people who have special abilities and the program gets revived at the end.
    • Pararibulitis. A nerve disease that causes painful hallucinations that feel completely real and it can kill you. In fact, it is heavily implied that the disease killed Todd and Amanda's aunt.
      • And the first season ends on a particularly harrowing note: as Amanda tearfully calls him to tell him that her and the Rowdy Three are being taken by Blackwing, Todd contracts it himself. The final scene where he lies in a fetal position, screaming in agony, hands burning, as Amanda desperately tries to ask where he is, is horrifying.
    • The creepy, wide-eyed stare and jerky head movements of the girl in the house Todd returns the dog to. It gets worse when you realize the girl is Lydia Spring...body swapped with the dog.
    • Suzie's Implacable Woman rampage through the hospital in "Girl Power." Especially after she gets shot in the head, survives, and continues the chase with a bullet hole in her forehead and her face covered in blood.
  • Tear Jerker: In the penultimate episode, Todd finding out that Dirk lied to him and tells him not to speak to him again after the case is over.
    • Zimmerfield's murder in episode 5, and Estevez's reaction to it. It is clear in the following episodes that his death deeply affected him and drove him partly insane.
    • Todd and Amanda's relationship breaking down in episode 6 after he tells her the truth about what he did. After seeing how close they were, and how much he cared about her, seeing it all fall apart is upsetting.
    Amanda: You are exactly the piece of shit everyone says you are.
    • Bart spends the second season trying, and with Panto Trost's good-natured help ultimately managing, to believe that she doesn't have to be a killer. Then, just when it seems things are working out, she has to watch Panto get gunned down in front of her, along with everyone he tried to help, and finds herself facing an army of gloating Kellum Knights. The next time we see her, she's sitting on a pile of Knight corpses, covered in blood, drearily telling Francis that she's "just a weapon." While Francis says he hopes she'll one day realise that that's not true, that day is clearly not today, and in the end she can't think of anything better to do with herself than to return to Blackwing and Ken's questionable friendship.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Dirk Gently is Doctor Who, written by someone having an acid trip.
  • The Woobie: Every damn character.
    • Dirk explicitly tells Todd he's never had a friend in his whole life.
    • Todd made some deeply selfish mistakes in the past that harmed himself as well as other people in his life. As a result, he fully believes himself to be a screwup and a terrible person and thinks that nothing he ever does will be able to atone him. When he develops Pararibulitis at the end of season 1/start of season 2, he tells Farah that he believes he deserves it.
    • Due to her disease, Amanda is forced to live a sheltered life confined to her house, unable to even go outside and get groceries without the risk of a hallucination. As such, she is fully dependent on her brother. Made even worse by the revelation that Todd lied about having her disease and being cured, meaning she has to live with the fact that she will suffer from it for the rest of her life.
    • Bart is a borderline-feral assassin who has never experienced normal human life and doesn't understand the concept of friendship. She also suffers from a feeling of lacking control in her life and her attempts to gain control inevitably end in disaster.
    • Ken, an ordinary electrician, is forcibly dragged into the plot by Bart's attempting to kill him under the assumption that he's Dirk Gently. He later bonds with Bart, only to be captured by Project Blackwing and held captive for two months and counting.
    • Silas has no idea where the love of his life is or if he'll even come back, his attempts to prevent a pointless war that will claim countless lives are consistently shot down, his mother is cruel to him, and to top it all off, his brother is shot in front of him moments after they're reunited, which also destroys any chance of peace.