Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: The House Within the House
November 5, 2017 3:01 PM - Season 2, Episode 4 - Subscribe

As the team's investigation leads to a startling discovery in the long-abandoned Cardenas homestead, Bart and Panto forge an unlikely and unusual relationship.

In Wendimoor, Amanda takes steps towards understanding the powers that are hidden within her.
posted by fluffy battle kitten (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Okay, the purple people eater seems to be kind of a callback to the second book, maybe...only different. But wasn't there a song factor with that monster too?

Bart remains my favorite. I am loving how Ken is handling Hugo.

Suzie is apparently going to stick with the bitch thing. I'm hoping we get to see more of the Mage soon.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 3:13 PM on November 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

Thanks for starting the thread, fluffy battle kitten, I didn't get a chance to watch the episode until now due to my Alias Grace-athon.

Den of Geek review - Glimmers of transformative success shine through the murky mystery as Dirk Gently moves towards a showdown between factions.

Glad Ken is finally out of the taxi. I'm still hoping for happy endings for everyone, despite knowing that the season will almost certainly end on another cliffhanger, so, it was at least nice to see some of the characters getting a win.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:34 PM on November 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

I need to watch the episode again. I know I missed stuff because I was cross stitching when I watched it.

One thing I did notice was the bedroom set up in the house within the house is super similar to Dirk's room at the Blackwing hidey-hole.

Wish they'd put as much effort into the book of spells Suzie has as they did on that Wendimoor wall.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 6:40 PM on November 5, 2017

Okay, the purple people eater seems to be kind of a callback to the second book, maybe...only different. But wasn't there a song factor with that monster too?

I read the two books a year ago and have promptly forgotten most of them. Here's a Google books excerpt from The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul where Dirk is being chased by a large, hairy, green-eyed monster armed with a scythe, tying back to a wealthy record industry executive.

Seems like I'm over-due for a re-read of Tea-Time.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:24 AM on November 6, 2017

Possibly we are seeing some sort of fantasy manifestation via "the boy" who they are looking for? First the kingdom depicted on the wall mural and then the Purple People Eater from the song of the same name.

Maybe whatever happened was triggered by fear? It's easy to imagine a kid being scared by a nominally silly song. More pointedly, maybe the boy saw a murder take place with scissors and the trauma set off whatever makes Wendimoor happen, including heavily featuring scissors as weapons.

There is a lot fractal imagery connected to Amanda - the classic Mandelbrot set shape flashes by in her visions, and she has a similar image on the back of her jacket. Not sure if there will be a reason for this beyond "fractals look cool".
posted by mikepop at 10:13 AM on November 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

The dude in the tree was likely killed by a pair of scissors so maybe that's the link. Is the boy the the mage or someone linked to Blackwing? Which way do you think it would go?
posted by fiercekitten at 1:01 PM on November 6, 2017

I'm back and forth on The Boy. So far I've thought maybe Vogle, maybe Farsen, maybe Moloch, maybe Scott.

Moloch is interesting because he's allegedly in a coma but his power is the biggest power or however that was phrased. Or maybe Moloch just brought about the Wendimoor dimension and isn't the boy?

This is actually one of the things I like about the show...the ability to put information out there without giving us the full story at the halfway point.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 1:14 PM on November 6, 2017

This episode dragged a bit, I thought. Wasn't into the budget music video surrealism of the house dimension place, or emo Dirk. Still, last season had a few slow eps too.
posted by lefty lucky cat at 1:23 PM on November 6, 2017

Someone on reddit kindly transcribed the prophecy stuff from episode 3...

Panto: I am Panto Trost Lord Prince of the Valley of Inglenook in the Land of Wendimoor. I came to your world through the pool of the empty throne with help form Wakti Wapnasi forest witch of Santi Santiga who guides Bofuki Nepoo she foretold the prophecy I seek to enact: that once the great dark wizard found his apprentice, no one in Wendimoor could defeat him and his army would come like a tide. The only hope to save Wendimoor is if the fiercest of foes were united, the great weapon is retrieved and she who sees all opened a door into a dream allowing through a man with him would bring a boy, the boy who would save our world.

Dirk: um just quickly, who is the dark wizard, who is his apprentice, who are the foes, who is she, what is the dream, who is the man, what is the great weapon, and perhaps most importantly, who is the boy?

Panto: these things I know not I have only one answer: the man who can bring the boy; the man who can save my family, my world, his name is Dirk Gently

The mage is the dark wizard, Suzie is his apprentice. I'm assuming Amanda is the door opener, Dirk is the man who brings the boy.

What is Todd's part in this...we know he's parabulitis-ing and connected to Amanda through dimensions.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 1:24 PM on November 6, 2017

I'm going to go with either Hugo or Priest is the Boy. Just because.
posted by fiercekitten at 1:42 PM on November 6, 2017

In the previous thread, left lucky cat wondered if Moloch is Odin, which made wonder if Mona might be Muninn. A stretch, I know.

Also been thinking about the Dirk relating that he used to spend a lot of time with Moloch, talking to him as the old man slept. I wonder if Dirk made up the magical land of Wendimoor and by describing it to a sleeping Moloch, and he/they somehow made it "real".

Edit: Oh and also, what kind of house is inside another house? A dollhouse.
posted by christopherious at 3:40 PM on November 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

o/~ I’ve got a theory, some kid is dreaming, and we’re all stuck inside his wacky Broadway nightmare. o/~
posted by dmd at 6:29 PM on November 8, 2017 [5 favorites]

Yup, the more I think about the wonderful world of Wendimoor, the more I think it's the product of some child's fantasy. I'm 100% certain that's the case, actually, but there are obviously a lot of details that still need to be filled in. And I'm going with it having started with a dollhouse, with Exhibit A being scissor swords as weapons. Kids playing war games will adopt any convincing sharp object as an imaginary weapon for their toy soldiers, when the toys' weapon situation leaves them wanting. Of course, we now know that scissors probably played a more significant role in the story than that, so...hmm.
posted by christopherious at 7:06 PM on November 8, 2017

Maybe the boy witnessed the murder and that's why they show up as the weapon in Wendimoor.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:02 PM on November 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Wendimoor could have been the psychological escape from traumatic stuff.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:02 PM on November 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure about any of this, I can't wait to watch more, but I sure want a pair of giant sword-scissors.
posted by numaner at 10:32 PM on November 8, 2017

I'm really late on catching up on Penny Dreadful and just started season 3. Dirk is also Renfield, which is a little strange for me.
posted by fiercekitten at 12:24 PM on November 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

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