DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY
DOUGLAS ADAMS’ ‘HOLISTIC’ detective (Barnett) hits modern-day Seattle in this mind-frying, fitfully effective new series from Chronicle writer Max Landis. Sensibly forgoing the straight adaptation of 2005’s
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, this eight-parter instead transposes Adamsian absurdity onto an original tale that features dirk, a reluctant assistant called Todd (Wood), a missing girl, evil jump-suited skinheads, the FBI and an indestructible contract killer. Barnett impresses as the investigator but, even allowing for a conclusion that ties up all those disparate tangents, it feels over-stuffed and not nearly as charmingly quirky as it wants to be.