[quick review] Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Soooo, now that i’ve seen it in its entierty thanks to the phenomenon that is binge watching i thought i’d sum up my thoughts:

Although the looks and mannerisms of the titular character as well as Max Landis involvement put me off at first it did not come out as bad as i thought.
While this iteration of Dirk Gently has almost nothing in common with his counterparts (my guess is that down the line we’ll learn about alternate worlds in which the the print/radio/other tv version is a reality) it works in the context of the story. And embracing the holsitic detecting is one of the saving graces of the show. It is the curiosity of seeing the prestige at the end of the magic trick you’re wittnessing that kept me watching as well as all the props used in the trick.
It isn’t nice to call the actors involved props considering that their performances are another positive aspect of he show, but it works with the magic trick reference. Sorry.
Even if i’m not keen on Samuell Barnett and Elijah Wood as the main characters i see that their chemistry, which is a mix of recent Doctor Who and Sherlock interactions, will be something that the audience will grab on to as an anchor to center them in the seemingly random events unfolding around them.

This all sounds more negative than it actually is. I enjoyed the show because it truly feels new and not like it is trying to utilize my nostalgia for it’s gain.

i had planned to hate Netflix’s Dirk Gently

But despite the oddly coloured jackets the titular character wears and Elijah Wood as his assist-friend i came to the conclusion that it’s not that bad after two episodes.

But it will never erase my dissapointment about the cancellation of the Stephen Mangan and Darren Boyd helmed version of the holistic detective.

[video] meet the Bendu

[possible spoilers]
The official Star Wars YouTube channel posted a short clip from the third season of Star Wars Rebels which gives us a glimpse of Kanan meeting the Bendu[1], a force sensitive being that “occupies the middle ground” between the two sides of the force.
Kanan’s new look is great. Although he doesn’t seem to be compfortable with his place in the world, his new outfit and the beard grant him an air of nobility and wisdom while he still seems to not trust the force entierly (yet).

[1] the Jedi were called Jedi-Bendu in the original draft for Star Wars (Episode IV)

tv recommendation: Death In Paradise

Death In Paradise is a british (BBC?) show about an english Detective Inspector being transferred to the fictional caribbean Island of Saint Marie where he and the other members of the local police force solve a murder every episode[1].
The show features one or more known face from british television every episode and is a delight to watch. Not that it is overly complicated, but the first two season feature Ben Miller as the main protagonist, and his portrayal of the bulletin board stiff upper lip british gentleman, who refuses to don an airy attire despite the new climate he now works in is a part of my spirit guide.
He gets killed and replaced by a new DI played by Kris Marshall, who’s chief officer goes into the direction of a brilliant but chaotic cop.
The best thing about the show is that it not only crushes it’s enemies[2], but features tropical landscapes which is relaxing somehow and it doesn’t matter wether one starts watching an episode from the beginning, every few minutes there is a summarization that brings the viewer up to speed.

It’s a great program to watch in winter.

[1] i’m aware that you are all aware of how a police procedural show works, but for completions sake, i explained it).
[2] a Conan reference, from the first movie not the books. just in case.

they made one fan very happy: trailer for Luke Cage is out

The moment where we see Luke Cage in his “classic” look, seemingly explained through science, made me smile. That’s how i first met the character and therefore has a special place in the comics-corner of my heart.

It seems the series will among other things look at the heroes that don’t have a secret identity and how much bravery it requires and how much danger this decision brings with it, and not only for the titular character.