Centers on the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Based on the "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" novel series, written by Douglas Adams and published by Simon and Schuster in 1987.
In the 2007 radio theatre adaptation of the book, Richard, the reluctant assistant of Dirk corresponding to the series' Todd, is voiced by Billy Boyd, famous for playing hobbit Peregrin Took ("Pippin") in the Lord of the Rings movies, where Elijah Wood (Todd) played Frodo Baggins. See more »
I've read lots of negative comments but I'm thoroughly enjoying this after 3 episodes. Completely faithful adaptations of Douglas Adams seem kinda pointless as so much of his greatness was dependent on the ideas and the bizarre and impossible views he would conjure with words. The wit in his books was never heavily concentrated into the dialog and I think much would make visually dull jokes which required constant and tedious exposition (a permanently stuck sofa just looks too everyday and common to ever be funny).
The cast are younger and more attractive than they would have been in a completely British adaptation and everything happens at great pace but I think that was needed because visually you could never present jokes and ideas as densely as Adams did in his books. I really love one character from the trailers and every scene she has been in; she reminds me of a signature I once read along the lines of "Karma is wonderful, I can treat people bad all day confident in the knowledge that they deserved it."
I think this hugely entertaining even if it only borrows ideas and style from the books fairly lightly . I think most people are likely to enjoy both as quite different things however if you can't appreciate both just consider that books get to tell jokes in much the same way as video don't.
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