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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.

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