The ‘girls night out’ was just as wild as you
expected from Jieun.
It started off civil enough with dinner in a
gorgeous restaurant, but two hours later you were in a private room in a club
trying to make sure Jieun doesn’t fall down from the table, where she was
dancing barefoot with a bottle of wine in her hand.
Half an hour later she was sitting next to you
again, crying that she misses Minseok, and you took that as your cue to call it
Reasons to watch Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
It’s A Nerd Show for Nerds
This show is a high concept, balls to the wall ode to genre fiction that takes classic tropes like time travel, body swapping, and interdimensional travel, and turns them inside out. If you took the madcap energy and fast-paced dialogue of Sherlock, the self-aware, genre bending hijinks of Rick and Morty, the kinda wholesome yet also very creepy and disturbing ambience of Stranger Things, and put them all in a blender - well, you wouldn’t quite have Dirk Gently, but you’d have a metaphorical soup of a similar colour.
It’s true the show wanders pretty far from the Douglas Adams source material, but if you watch it as its own phenomenon with a heavy Adams influence, you’ll appreciate the nods to the books such as: jokes that are simultaneously very clever yet very silly, an insanely complex and well-executed plot, and a missing cat.
Nothing and Nobody is What you Think
Part of the problem with recommending this show to people is that I don’t want to spoiler you, so it’s really hard to tell you about my favourite bits. Watching this show for the first time was such a journey. Every plot twist genuinely took me by surprise, every character flipped my expectations of them by the end of the season, and I was left feeling a little shellshocked and very satisfied. Watching it for the second time was a different type of journey, as I realised how well put together everything is, and spotted all the clues I’d missed the first go around. It takes a few episodes to see how things are going to fit together, but it’s so worth it. This is the kind of show with hidden clues that pay off eight episodes later (or even a whole season later) and multiple, seemingly disparate plot threads that suddenly come together in glorious synchronicity. If you’re looking for a well plotted show with actual character development, this show will make you happy. I promise.
Representation is Good and Important
This show has wonderful female characters, characters of colour, and canon LGBT characters, and it smashes stereotypes. We’ve got a female assassin who is genuinely dirty and gross and covered in blood and not sexualised at any point! We’ve got a bi character who says the words “I’m bi” with no fuss and no speeches about “not liking labels”! We’ve got interracial gay fantasy Prince boyfriends! This show has a wide cast of characters and absolutely every one of them is interesting. Everyone gets a satisfying backstory. Nobody is a cardboard cutout. That being said, everyone is a loser. These characters are all Fucked Up in a variety of relatable ways.
The Cast is Amazing
I don’t even know what to say about this. They’re just… all incredible.