Dirk Gently and his Holistic Detective Agency. Dirk believes in the interconnectedness of all things, so if there is a crime to be investigated, he assumes every random thing he encounters in the course of his investigation is somehow connected to the crime and will lead him to the answers he's seeking.
Dirk is certainly eccentric. In the first of his four cases that are included in this series (the pilot episode), we meet Dirk as he's taking on a case. An elderly lady asks him to find her missing cat. She's willing to pay whatever it takes to find him, which is a good thing, as one of the expenses that Dirk deems is absolutely necessary to locating the lost feline is a new refrigerator (his old one is out of commission because he hasn't paid the cleaner and she's locked it). As he's leaving her flat, he notices the flat next door apparently being burgled. Far from being alarmed or calling the police, Dirk gets the neighbor's phone number and calls -- and the "burglar" answers. It turns out that the burglar is his old college chum MacDuff, and that he's not breaking into the place, he's simply trying to retrieve his girlfriend's laptop to delete an email message he sent in anger.
The series is quite interesting in seeing how Dirk comes to the conclusions which ultimately solve the cases. But as a person, he's rather annoying. He doesn't pay his bills, is extremely messy, and has no problem with causing difficulties for everyone around him. Still, his clients do get results (except for the one case where some of them ended up murdered, but that could happen to any detective!) and watching him use is "holistic" methods is entertaining.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Dirk Gently from Acorn Media in exchange for this review.
Final Verdict for Dirk Gently: Four Gherkins, for being an amusing look at the methods of an unconventional detective
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