Here is my Day 1 submission for the WonderBat 100 Themes Challenge created by @fyeahwonderbat My theme was #3- Social Media. For day one, I have decided to do how the BatFam would react to Diana becoming a part of the family. More to come later as well! Hope you all enjoy and thanks again to @fyeahwonderbat for this awesome challenge!!!
What to Watch: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
A detective, a bellboy, his sister, a bodyguard, a kitten, a corgi, an electric ghost rhinoceros, a cult, and a shady government organization. All of these things figure into the first season of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency from BBC America, but even with all of the elements, the show doesn’t stop telling one complete story.
The first season of the show, which is based on a Douglas Adams character, follows holistic detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) as he works to solve the murder of local billionaire Patrick Spring and the disappearance of his daughter. As a holistic detective, Dirk believes in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, and doesn’t look around for clues, instead following the coincidences (and the rarer, sexier coinkydinks) the universe sends him in order to solve his cases. Joining Dirk is Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood), a former punk rocker and hotel bellboy, who is paying for his sister Amanda’s (Hannah Marks) medication, and Farah Black (Jade Eshete), Patrick Spring’s bodyguard. Other characters include Bart (Fiona Dourif), a “Holistic Assassin” who serves as a foil for Dirk, and Ken, (Mpho Koaho) an electrician she kidnaps. Also of note are the Rowdy 3, a group of four (yes, “I’m wildy aware” the numbers don’t match) psychic vampires who seem to follow Dirk around. Though Dirk’s name is in the title of the show, it’s more of an ensemble production, and the characters don’t stop feeling distinct from one another. Also, even though the show is rather complicated at the beginning (to quote Dirk, “There’s a tremendous amount of moving pieces here, it’s hard to track all of them.”) because everything is connected it doesn’t feel like anything the show does is a stretch, and there aren’t any moments which feel like they come out of nowhere.
One of the best parts of the show is the soundtrack. In the first season, the music wonderfully punctuates what’s happening, and evokes the emotions the director wants the audience to feel. A great example of this is at the end of episode 6, as the music slowly builds from Dirk’s epiphany “I solved the case” to the last line of the episode, alerting the viewer that though they might be confused as to what’s going on, it’s important. The musical theme for the men of the machine is very well constructed, bringing in technological sounds while sounding sinister and creepy, as one would expect music for a cult which worships a machine to sound. The music for The Rowdy 3 also evokes the same mindset as the group themselves: loud and chaotic.
The writing takes a good balance between serious and funny, often cutting directly between the two, such as in the first episode when Bart interrogates Ken, saying “Who’s Dirk Gently?” which immediately cuts to an scene of Dirk awkwardly greeting Todd. The other great payoff that the structure of having some characters off from the rest is that though it may be confusing how pieces are going to fit together, the viewer can sit back and trust that they will fit together. However, if the viewer wants to speculate on how things will unfold, there is more than enough theory fuel.
The show is also incredibly rewarding to re-watch, which I don’t want to get into too much for fear of spoiling anything, but there are things in the first episode which carry into the second season, and likely will continue into the third if the show is renewed.
Though Dirk and Todd would tell you they’re just “two boring sane guys having a normal time,” the truth is that anything but that is the case. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is for people who want something funnier and a bit more light hearted than BBC’s Sherlock or Netflix’s Stranger Things, with the same mystery feel. The first season had eight episodes, and the second ten, for a total of eighteen episodes between the two. So if you’re looking for something to watch to keep from being bored on any night, or something to help you procrastinate from studying for finals, this may be the show for you.
P.S. If you are watching this show in late 2017 or early 2018 and enjoy watching it, it’s important that you chronicle your reactions on twitter with the hashtags #BBCADirkGently and #RowdyforS3 in order to make sure that BBC America sees how much appreciation there is for the show. Though the second season ended in a way which wouldn’t be as bad an ending for the series as the end of the second season of Sense8 (with a main character kidnapped, and the rest coming together for the first time), the show is very solid, and deserves a third season.
what each of the baby bats would see in their hallucinations
Dick: He watches Bruce jump off a building with his grappling hook. There’s something about his positioning and the lighting that makes him think “huh, this reminds me of the circus” just before the rope snaps.
Jason: He is in the middle of Bruce’s study. He can’t move and his shaking hands are covered in blood. Bruce is sitting at his desk, speaking calmly about how much better things would be if Jason had never come back. Then, Bruce stands elegantly, gently cups Jason’s face, and slits Jason’s throat.
Barbara: She’s not in her wheelchair. She’s sitting in a normal chair without her computer and without anything to do. Dick and the others are across the room. She’s too far away to stop the attack when it comes. She just has to watch.
i can only come up with these three right now so please feel free to add on