Tim is in a custody battle with his ex-wife, when he quits his job. He applies for a job as a civil servant doing data entry, but discovers during the job interview that he has been offered a job as a trainee spy for MI5.
References to the books can be seen throughout the episodes: the words "electric monk" can be seen on Dirk's office wall before he paints over it and the newspaper headline reads "horse found in bathroom." See more »
Watching episode one felt like being in a room full of screaming toddlers who are mindlessly smashing things and making up outlandish stories they naively hope you'll fall for.
Dirk Gently is cloyingly cute, chaotic, and directionless, a slap- dash Doctor Who without the depth. It flat out steals from other shows. Case in point, the female assassin who's a total rip-off of Helena from Orphan Black.
The intelligently quirky, "I know you understand because you're smart and we're all on the same team" essence of Douglas Adams' books is nowhere to be found in the TV show.
Toward the end of the first episode there is a glimmer of intelligent writing that offers some hope that Dirk Gently may find its soul and settle into something better as the season progresses.
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