It’s here, the last episode of season one of Dirk Gently and everything is connected! For those of you who haven’t watched it yet outside of the US, it is apparently available for steaming on Netflix now (let me know if you’re streaming it!). And for those of us still in the US, I believe you can stream it all on the BBC America website. Anyways, recap and review ahoy, spoilers abound!
This week starts with Amanda and the Rowdy 3 in a van, when they sense a disturbance in the Force, cutting to Esteves chasing Rimmer and shooting the machine. Farrah and Esteves have a stand off until Farrah surrenders. She checks on Dirk and Todd before they’re thrown in the animal cages. Todd decides it’s a perfect time to come clean to her about not letting her in that night she was being chased by the bald brigade. Esteves comes back in with Lydia and Rapunzel the corgie, and demands answers from the Dirk and company, but Farrah disarms him first after picking the lock with a wire from her bra. Todd explains everything in a “fairly straight forward” manner. The four of them then travel to the Spring Mansion to switch Lydia back to her body. Farrah grabs some guns from her cache in the wine cellar, cleverly hidden in some barrels (totally doing that when I no longer need my barrels and own a large cache of guns… and a wine cellar).
Gordon shows up at the police station to demand the Captain help him take the Spring Mansion where the last remaining “alter” is. As Todd and Farrah are switching back Lydia, Gordon rolls up with some SPD and his Men of the Machine (it’s unclear if all of these men were followers or just innocent police officers) and Gordon throws on some Lux DuJor face glitter as war paint before heading in with his gun. The Rowdy 3 pulls up and starts wailing on them as Gordon goes inside and has a firefight with Farrah and Esteves. Todd and Dirk try to convince Lydia they need to use the machine so they can “close the [causal] loop,” and she finally agrees. They forgot that they needed to fix it first, and then two of the bald followers show up and start shooting.
Bart’s story starts out in bed watching awful reality tv shows and Ken trying to get her confidence back and get her back on the street. After another touching pep talk, Bart wants to see where her last two bullets go. I assume they follow through with their plan to just start walking because it leads them right to where they need to be. Bart and Ken enter the room with Lydia, Dirk, and Todd, killing one of the two bald men and incapacitating the other. Ken realizes he can fix the machine because that’s what he was hired to do when we first met him in episode one. Dirk writes his blood stained note and is about to send it back when Bart pulls out her gun and places it in his neck. At the last minute she turns around and shoots the other bald guy. Then she and Ken leave, allowing Dirk to send the note back, finishing the causal loop. Meanwhile, back in the hallway, Gordon flashbangs Farrah and Esteves and closes in on them. Farrah tosses Rapunzel (Gordon’s dog) at him, while Esteves tosses her a gun and she kills Gordon once and for all.
A splash of beer wakes Todd up in his apartment where Amanda tells him she and the Rowdy 3 saved them by beating all the people outside the mansion up. Also calls Todd out on his hypocrisy on hating Dirk for lying to him. She also gives him a great speech about can’t fixing everything and how he’s a better person now for knowing Dirk. Then leaves to be apart of the Rowdy 3 and flips Todd off as a goodbye. Hannah Marks is just wonderful in the scene, as always. They cut to Bart and Ken enjoying some Ethiopian food with the corgie in front of what is quite obviously Vancouver instead of Seattle. Bart confesses she doesn’t want him to go now that he completed his destiny, to which Ken replies that he’s not going anywhere. Then we see Farrah sending Lydia away temporarily for her protection, but not before Lydia gives her $4 million. Next we find Col. Riggins watching if Dirk in the hospital and proclaims he was proud of Dirk.
Later on, Dirk is being released from the hospital while referencing Puffles the horse who had faked his own death in a previous case Dirk was on. Dirk thinking he was alone, is surprised by Todd who shows up with some clothes and to tell Dirk that he’s their friend. They go and meet Farrah at a diner, who they start discussing what they’re going to do when Esteves gives them the all clear. Farrah then wants to invest in their Holistic Detective Agency. Dirk then promotes Todd to a ward, cutting to a montage of all the protagonists thus far enjoying life in their new courses in life: Ken and Bart on the road again, the Rowdy 3 and Amanda having a dance party, and Farrah, Dirk, and Todd enjoying breakfast at a diner (in my head it’s Beth’s Café because that would be awesome and very Seattle, even though it looks nothing like that). The End.
But of course it wasn’t the end, Esteves just had to go back to his SPD branch and finds a bunch of government goons cleaning up, who he mistakes for his police captain trying to cover his tracks and then gets shot by trigger happy Sgt. Friedkin. Friedkin goes on to monologue like a crazy villain as he is now in charge of Project Blackwing. They’ve now burned down all the alters, including the Spring Mansion and are going to go kill the rest of the body swappers. Esteves then tries to grab his gun and is killed. So we cut back to Dirk, Todd, and Farrah at Beth’s Café (just roll with it), and they start looking, or feeling, for their next case using Todd, who has to go use the bathroom. This starts a new montage as Dirk slips outside after getting a weird feeling himself. We cut back to the Rowdy 3 and Martin tells Vogle to get Amanda out of there, while the other 3 start to get rowdy with some on coming black ops units. Then to Bart and Ken who pull up to a road block with a tank, Bart gets out and picks up a rock and smirks. Then back to Dirk who finds a Lux DuJor flier and looks up to see Friedkin. Farrah comes out after Dirk only to find he’s gone. Finally, as the complete kicker, Amanda calls Todd and is freaking out so Todd starts to rush to her aid, when he had starts to see his hands burning/eating themselves alive. Yes, in the last moments of the episode, Todd experiences his first Pararibulitis attack and the camera pans out on his anguish with a song playing over it saying, “you are never going to get everything you want in this world, first things first, you get what you deserve.”
That ending though, wow. I don’t know if season two will be all about them against the new face of Project Blackwing and maybe do a weekly procedural or if it will be a serialized mystery all season like this one. How good was that ending? I did not see that coming! Like I figured there was going to be a big showdown cliffhanger with Blackwing operatives given the structure of the episode, and they played a scene during the commercials of Amanda calling Todd while he was in a random bathroom unlike anywhere we’d seen yet. But the reveal of Todd getting the disease was brilliant. I thought it was some sort of time travel related disease, like maybe he was fading out of existence until they panned out on him without the burn marks. Bart smirking with the rock was great too. I have to wonder if the Rowdy 3 are protected in the same way Dirk and Bart are… I am also curious if their powers are in any way related to the time loop set forth by Zachariah Webb and now that things are done, they don’t have pre-destiny to rely on for guidance. This season has been excellent, great sci-fi. Some of the tropes are common, but they were repackaged in a new and interesting way. They turned expectations on their head. They were stuck in a time loop they kept saying, and usually you’re stuck in that loop until you break it, instead they just let it play out. Plus a lot of the supporting cast died, but were developed pretty well instead of the usual red shirting. Despite some oblique Doctor Who references and tropes, it didn’t turn out exactly the way I thought it would. I think a lot of things were beautifully realized in this series and I can’t wait to see what happens next season. So join me when it comes back
sometime next year October 2017, and in the meantime we can hopefully binge watch it when we feel like it.
Quotes of the Week:
- “What doesn’t kill you, ya know usually makes you…” “Makes you hurt real bad? Makes you cry?”
- “I hate everything about this right now.”
- “There’s a lot of wording happening, should we no talk? Good because blood all gone.”
- “Let’s get out of here, these people are nutjobs.”
- “Some things you don’t fix Todd, sometimes when you fall down, you fall all the way down.”
- “And then when my dad died and I was a dog and everything was hopeless, there you were with an army of weirdos, saving the day.”
- “I’m here because I’m your friend.”