Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Girl Power
November 19, 2017 1:59 PM - Season 2, Episode 6 - Subscribe

 
The Mage putting the push pins into Bob's head cracked me up. I hope they do something interesting with the mage though. John Hannah is clearly having fun playing the character so I hope he gets more to do.

Suzie is terrifying now.

I'm guessing that knocking Farah out comes back to bite Mr Priest on the ass.

I disagree with the Den of Geek review. I think Ken knows what he's doing.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 7:16 PM on November 19, 2017


I really love Amanda's whole storyline this season.

My guess is that Bart kills Suzie in Wendimoor.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 7:45 PM on November 19, 2017


This episode had some great lines:

Bart: "Last night, you and all your friends, you were out there yelling and kissing and just grabbing each other's butts and giving each other compliments. It was a mess."

Suzie: "You people embarrassed me! You laughed at me. You were dancing and having fun while I was crawling on the ground Uh, we didn't I was just trying to do something for myself, just kill one person, and now I have mud in my hair! You think I'm going to let people make me feel small again? I am done feeling small. Nuh-uh. You know how much bullshit I've had to deal with? Well, not anymore. No, I won't let your negative attitude drag me down. I will cover myself in your blood! I have high self-esteem. I am magnificent. And I'm going to kill all of you!"

Ken: Well your first error was letting Priest use his own guys.
Sgt. Hugo Friedkin: Right. I-I see that.
Ken: And your second error ...
Hugo: Can we not list my errors?
Ken: There are a lot.
Hugo: I know.
Ken: There are, like, a lot of errors.
Hugo: I know!
Ken: Like, there are errors, and then, nothing else only errors.

I feel bad for Arnold Cardenas -- who was the baby on The Infant Male, Pollock Francis, right? Because IMDb lists the young lady in the truck, Françoise Robertson, as Marina Cardenas, and the young man, Sergio Osuna, as Hector Cardenas, and there was a baby crying on the boat.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:26 AM on November 20, 2017 [2 favorites]


The boat is also a boy — the infant male — and what if they all heard wrong and are trying to find the buoy?
posted by nonane at 10:03 AM on November 20, 2017 [5 favorites]


Wakti the witch said something that dinged in my mind:

(paraphrasing) "Couldn't you see the visions?" "I cannot see into your realm. I know someone in your world, I use their eyes to see there.".

Well, hello ominous statement of the week. So, in a world where magic is extremely important -- The Mage used it to basically conquer everything there, and very few can use it -- our mysterious witch is training a magical neophyte to cross dimensional barriers, even to _reshape reality_ by converting delusion to physicality, without a wand or magic word or other focus, and oh by the way _she's riding shotgun behind someone else's eyes on Earth_ making her the only one with ongoing awareness of what's going on in both places. Not forboding at all!

Dirk and The Mage, on the other hand, will meet and have an ennui-off to determine their winner.
posted by delfin at 10:09 AM on November 20, 2017


I assumed the baby was Arnold. That bit hopefully gets fleshed out this week.

According to wikipedia there are ten episodes this season. I thought there were only going to be eight. So they've got more time to wrap it up than last season.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 10:09 AM on November 20, 2017


(paraphrasing) "Couldn't you see the visions?" "I cannot see into your realm. I know someone in your world, I use their eyes to see there.".

Here's that bit from a transcript: "I can't see into your realm on my own. I made a friend. I use her eyes."

I wonder if she offered her eyes willingly, or she even knows she's being used. (Is it Rapunzel the Corgi? Or someone else who has visions?)

Further thoughts on this episode: why would the Mage be depressed upon seeing the drawing of his world? He broke the storylines, over and over. "All of these are battles that I won easily. There's no way anyone could know all these details! I've killed everyone in my world who could tell these stories. And yet, these drawings show them all, with one difference - I lose. Every time. Don't you see? This is how it was meant to be. I'm just a just a puppet. Just a bad guy."

If I were the villain, I'd be thrilled! The stories said I was supposed to lose each time, but instead I won, and easily! And now I created a second wand to have an assistant in my fight! (Or, he decides he doesn't want to be the villain now that Suzie is set on becoming the wicked queen of Wendimoor, and the two magicians fight?)

Perhaps Wendimoor isn't purely the creation of Arnold, but also his parents, who bring in influences of the real world. Or it's his reality, which he kept bending to match the real world. After all, the Kellum company kept pushing his parents to sell their land, instead of being told "no" once and leaving. Kellum / The Mage survived each rebuff / battle and came back, despite Arnold's drawings where The Mage (representing Kellum?) perished.

In the end, Kellum bought his mom a car, which I'm guessing happened after his dad was stabbed with the scissors (by someone good? Arnold himself? Because only Panto Trost and his side have the sword-scissors, right?), and then his mom ended up in a tree, in that new car.

Four episodes to wrap it all up! Or at least wrap up enough for this season, hoping there's a 3rd with a new arc.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:18 AM on November 20, 2017


And more thoughts:

Wakti Wapnasi: I thought you were punk.
Amanda: I am punk
(and then she goes on to manage her powers)

So good!

Also: the episode title! Suzie claims her power (over others/ to be a wicked queen), while Amanda claims hers (to control her attacks, which in a way is the power to control her own body, as well as reality. And she wants to help the Rowdy Three, who now all turn to her as their boss. More (positive!) girl power!

Farah's power is tested against Mr. Priest, while Deputy "Wacky T" Tina uses her power of authority to clear out the police station. (Yeah, those last two were a stretch.)
posted by filthy light thief at 11:45 AM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


I wonder if she offered her eyes willingly, or she even knows she's being used. (Is it Rapunzel the Corgi? Or someone else who has visions?)

My guesses:

1) The shapeshifter from Blackwing that started this whole thing off by freeing Dirk, used teleportation abilities similar to how others traveled between the dimensions, and has been notably absent since things started to snowball. That's if Wakti is in fact on the side of good. If not...

2) Suzie. Who is clearly not in her right mind, is possessing powerful magic, has ambitions of being queen, and spoke in a heavily distorted voice. Might be being used as a possessed pawn to remove the Mage from the game, break the Prophecy by killing Dirk at the same time, and use Amanda to make herself the new Head Witch In Charge in Wendimoor.

3) The corgi would be about right for this show.
posted by delfin at 11:59 AM on November 20, 2017 [2 favorites]


It would be hilarious if she was using Hugo's eyes but I think it's more likely she's using Mona or Moloch. Rapunzel has spent most of her time with Ken so I'm not sure about her being the eyes. I do hope Rapunzel is there for reasons other than fan service, though.

I think Arnold was a boy but I'm not convinced he's THE boy.

I can't decide what Scott's part in all this is. I find it interesting that he got turned into a frog or toad since that is such a fairytale thing.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 3:17 AM on November 21, 2017


He's gonna get turned back by the end, and then go back to being terrible, 'cause if he's already a little pissant, whatever temporary epiphany he had probably went away once he's turned into a toad.

But really, trying to predict anything with this show is futile.

God I hope Hopper makes it out alive.
posted by numaner at 9:40 AM on November 22, 2017


The boat is also a boy
Which means The Boy is also a boat
posted by fullerine at 12:23 PM on November 22, 2017


If I were the villain, I'd be thrilled! The stories said I was supposed to lose each time, but instead I won, and easily!

I think you're misreading it. Someone does mention him being defeated every time (and then imprisoned in the train in the sky?), but I think that's in each telling of the tale, not in those individual battles. The mural definitely shows him winning the battles he won.

In the end, Kellum bought his mom a car, which I'm guessing happened after his dad was stabbed with the scissors

I think the car was bought by Kellum to help motivate to sell. I think that precipitated the argument which resulted in scissors stabbing. Or maybe it's unrelated! But I got the impression they were both alive when she got the car.

Suzie. Who is clearly not in her right mind, is possessing powerful magic, has ambitions of being queen, and spoke in a heavily distorted voice.

Oh no. She's in her right mind. By the second episode we had heard some things about her that we assumed were just abusive men being jerks, and maybe it was that too, but they were also telling us about who Suzie is as a person. Her boss said that maybe the car accident was the best thing that ever happened to her. Her husband said something like even though she's been acting nice, she can't change who she really is.

Bart continues to possibly be my favourite character. I was feeling like she was being underused here so far, but now that I think about it we're getting what feels like a lot more dialog from her, just less killing.

Wondering what Ken's motivation is right now, besides getting free. Find Bart, find Dirk... then? Is he starting to think about possibly taking over Blackwing (if only by proxy)?
posted by ODiV at 9:46 AM on March 27, 2018 [1 favorite]


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