“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” returns for a second season on BBC America this Saturday, October 14.
Based on author Douglas Adams‘ series of the same name, “Dirk Gently” follows a “holistic detective” who uses his psychic abilities and belief that all things are interconnected to solve mysteries.
Season one followed Dirk (Samuel Barnett) and his newfound cohorts Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) and Farah Black (Jade Eshete) as they investigate the hotel room murder of a wealthy businessman. Along the way, we’re introduced to a colorful cast of characters, including Todd’s ailing sister (Hannah Marks), an unhinged assassin determined to murder Dirk (Fiona Dourif), the assassin’s surprising companion Ken (Mpho Koaho) and the shadowy figures behind a government agency called Blackwing.
“In the first season, we got to tell so many stories,” writer, executive producer and creator Max Landis said during interviews at July’s San Diego Comic-Con. “We didn’t just tell the story of Dirk and Todd, the main characters, and Bart and Ken—we also got to tell the tragic story of Patrick Spring, and we got to tell the story of Lydia Spring, trapped in that dog. We got to tell the story of Zimmerfield and Estevez that ended badly. We got to tell the story of the villain, Gordon Rimmer, a rock star who had been trapped in a horrible body. We got to tell all these stories, and the stories and sub-stories in the second season are so fun.”
And there’s something else.
“What is actually buried within season two is an entirely different television show,” teased executive producer Robert C. Cooper.
“Easy, easy! Spoilers!” Landis playfully interjected. “There is a second television show hiding inside season two that gradually takes over season two, but the less we say about it, the better. I’ve actually never seen a show do anything like it. That’s not to say it’s perfect and wonderful, but it’s weird and cool.”
Where do we find Dirk, Todd, Amanda, Farah, Bart, Ken and new characters Sherlock Hobbs and Mr. Priest in season two? Find out what each star revealed about the upcoming episodes below:
Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently): “Dirk’s having an existential crisis. Dirk finally has friends, but the problem when you have friends is that you have people to care about. And if you have people to care about, they could get hurt, and then you could feel sad. He’s also kind of misconnecting that his so-called powers and belief in the universe—everything around him keeps getting hurt because of it. His thing is, ‘Actually, maybe this is just nonsense.’ He’s done a complete 180, more to where Todd began, which is, ‘I don’t wanna do this, and I think it’s nonsense.’ And he’s kind of really having a crisis about that.”
Elijah Wood (Todd Brotzman): “Todd is desperately searching for Dirk, and desperately searching for his sister with a great deal of conviction and belief in what Dirk stands for and the sort of proselytizing of following the universe and everything is connected and the universe will lead you to where you need to go that Todd was very slow to come on board with. He is absolutely, fully convinced now—largely because it’s also gonna solve his problems. He has pararibulitis and his sister’s missing and Dirk’s gonna solve everything and everything’s gonna be fine. That’s really where we find Todd.”
Hannah Marks (Amanda Brotzman): “Amanda really disowned Todd at the end of last season, because she found out that her hero, her brother, had really been lying to her for the last seven years. And that makes Amanda feel like she’s going to die now and she’s not going to survive her disease. So, she takes off with the Rowdy 3, which are a group of energy vampires, and becomes full badass and actually becomes the leader of the group. In season two, she’s really the exact opposite of what she was in season one, which was a girl that was agoraphobic and stuck in a house. Now she’s kicking ass more like Farah, but in a really silly way.”
Jade Eshete (Farah Black): “At the end of season one, they’ve formed the detective agency, and it’s wonderful because Farah kind of finds acceptance among other weirdos like herself. And then that euphoria lasts for about two minutes. Todd gets his first pararibulitis attack and Dirk gets kidnapped. So, we kind of start off season two with Farah on the run looking for Dirk, which takes her and Todd into a town called Bergsberg, an imaginary town made up by Max in the middle of Montana. They’re embracing what Dirk taught them in the first season—how everything is connected—and letting the universe guide them. Farah is kind of a full-on criminal starting out this season, hacking into government servers and using whatever she can, really, to get information. That’s kind of my launching off point.”
Fiona Dourif (Bartine Curlish): “Bart and Ken have been separated. Blackwing has descended and, you know, I’m looking for him. There’s a small time-jump, but really not much. And, yeah, I’m looking for my best friend.”
Mpho Koaho (Ken): “I don’t think Ken’s ever had a friend like Bart, so I think Ken likes being looked for. Ken appreciates that very much. Ken can’t save himself. We’ve established that. So, Ken definitely does need his Bartine Curlish to come through and save the day. Sir Kenneth is gonna continue to grow—not only a pair—but I feel like Ken is becoming a man. He’s living up to his potential. He’s a smart guy, never really knew his capabilities. I think Bart let him know, ‘Hey, you can be something. There’s more to you than even you know.’ I don’t know if Ken would be a whole human if it wasn’t for Bart challenging him and scaring him. It’s a great relationship. It’s a great dynamic. You’re gonna see Ken be less scared to walk places by himself. For real. It felt like Ken was just scared to leave his laptop, and then Bart gave him a little kick in the butt.”
Tyler Labine (Sherlock Hobbs): “My character is Sheriff Sherlock Hobbs, and I basically am the sheriff of this fictitious town Bergsberg, which is where this season’s whole story takes place. It’s a very small town that nothing ever happens in, and then this gang wanders into my life. I should probably just lock them away forever, if I was a smarter man, but I don’t. I enable them in all the worst ways, and I go along with them inexplicably on this crazy ride, and I just accept everything that they tell me about time travel and alternate universes as fact. My character is like, ‘Good! It’s about time something exciting happened to me. I’m the sheriff of this dang town and nobody ever asks anything of me.’ He’s pretty excited. They’re the coolest thing he’s ever seen, and he’s so overzealous and eager to go on this ride with them.”
Alan Tudyk (Mr. Priest): “I’m brought in to track these people down. They need to be brought to justice of sorts. I work for Blackwing. I don’t report to any government, and if I do, I’m rogue as hell. He’s meant to be a badass. Let’s go with that—I’m a badass in this. I have great guns. I have some good weapons. I have great tracking skills. And I’m on the case. I’m on their tail from the very beginning, so that’s what I’m doing the whole season—finding them with a plan to bring them in. He’s pretty funny, just because he’s a casual killer.”
“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” returns to BBC America for season two on Saturday, October 14 at 9 p.m. ET. Click here to set your DVR.