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TV Review: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.3 “Rogue Wall Enthusiasts”
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Dirk Gently Dirk, Farah, Todd

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Episode 1.3 “Rogue Wall Enthusiasts”
Created by Max Landis
Written by Max Landis
Directed by Michael Patrick Jann
Starring Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks, Fiona Dourif, Jade Eshete, Mpho Koaho, Dustin Milligan, Miguel Sandoval, Neil Brown, Jr., Richard Schiff, Aaron Douglas, Alison Thornton
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

SPOILERS for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

After the craziness that was Episode 1 of BBC America’s new series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency from writer/creator Max Landis, Episode 2 gave us some semblance of order — but not too much, though. Holistic detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood) are trying to solve the murder case of millionaire Patrick Spring, who hired Dirk six week’s prior to his death, and are doing so while being watched by the FBI, CIA, and missing persons detectives. The duo discovered that weirdo Gordon Rimmer (Aaron Douglas) has been holding Spring’s daughter Lydia captive, and is in with a group of strange, bald tattooed men who kidnapped Lydia’s bodyguard Farah (Jade Eshete). We don’t know how or why yet, but for some reason Gordon and his crew are doing some kind of human/animal swaps, where Gordon’s corgi Rapunzel actually has the spirit of Lydia in her. Meanwhile, Todd’s ill sister Amanda (Hannah Marks) is being stalked by a group of crazed energy-sucking vampires known as the Rowdy 3, while a holistic assassin named Bartine (Fiona Dourif), with her own reluctant assistant Ken Mpho Koaho) — a hacker hired to do a job for the bald men — is out to kill Dirk. By the end of Episode 2, Dirk and Todd rescue Farah, who it turns out knows Dirk, a fact that infuriates Todd.

Here’s a recap of what happened this week on Episode 1.3 “Rogue Wall Enthusiasts”…

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TV Review: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.2 “Lost & Found”
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Dirk Gently Dirk, Todd, corgi

[Elijah Wood as Todd holding the corgi Rapunzel (played by Bentley the dog), and Samuel Barnett as Dirk Gently.]

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Episode 1.2 “Lost & Found”
Created by Max Landis
Written by Max Landis
Directed by Dean Parisot
Starring Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks, Fiona Dourif, Jade Eshete, Mpho Koaho, Dustin Milligan, Miguel Sandoval, Neil Brown, Jr., Richard Schiff, Aaron Douglas, Alison Thornton
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

SPOILERS for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Last week’s series premiere of BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency television series, based on the Douglas Adams books, left a lot of people scratching their heads. There was a lot to digest, and after four-plus viewings, I feel like I finally figured out the “fundamental interconnectedness” of what was presented, even though I wasn’t always sure why these things were connected. I wrote a detailed recap of Episode 1.1, but briefly, here’s the situation…

Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) is a holistic detective who was hired by millionaire Patrick Spring to investigate his death six weeks before his murder; at the same time, the millionaire’s daughter, Lydia (Alison Thornton), has gone missing. To help with the case, Dirk enlisted Todd (Elijah Wood) to be his assistant, even though Todd doesn’t know him, nor does he want to. Todd is a downtrodden fellow who’s gone broke paying for medication for his ill sister Amanda (Hannah Marks). His life was relatively boring until the day he arrived to his bellhop job at the Perriman Grand Hotel to discover the body of Patrick Spring in the Penthouse suite. His manager then fired him for being the unlucky employee to find the body; a crazy group of psychic vampires called the Rowdy 3 trashed his apartment; his irate landlord tried to shot him, but accidentally killed himself; the police, FBI, and CIA all had eyes on him; he’s rescued a corgi and returned it to its owner Gordon (Aaron Douglas), who’s the one who’s holding Lydia; and unbeknownst to him, Lydia’s bodyguard Farah (Jade Eshete) is being held captive in the apartment above him, while several bald men with head tattoos are looking for a black kitten that was in the Penthouse suite. Also, unbeknownst to Dirk and Todd, there’s a self-described holistic assassin named Bartine (Fiona Dourif) out to kill Dirk, and she’s kidnapped an reluctant assistant of her own, a hacker named Ken (Mpho Koaho), who was doing a side job for the tattooed bald men. By the episode’s end, we saw that the LOTTO ticket that Todd found outside the Penthouse suite that morning has the $10,000 winning numbers.

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TV Review: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.1 “Horizons”
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Samuel Barnett as Dirk Gently, Elijah Wood as Todd

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Episode 1.1 “Horizons”
Created by Max Landis
Written by Max Landis
Directed by Dean Parisot
Starring Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks, Fiona Dourif, Jade Eshete, Mpho Koaho, Dustin Milligan, Miguel Sandoval, Neil Brown, Jr., Richard Schiff
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

If you watched the series premiere of BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and you’re highly confused about what went on, you’re not alone. A lot of characters and scenarios were introduced during the first episode, titled “Horizons,” which brings writer Douglas Adams‘ title creation to American television audiences. Max Landis (Chronicle) created the television series and wrote all 8 episodes of this first season, which stars Samuel Barnett as Dirk Gently, a holistic detective who believes in the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” and Elijah Wood as his highly reluctant new sidekick Todd.

Here, Landis is not giving an adaptation of Adams’ Dirk Gently novels, but instead expands upon the universe created with Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, the former of which was birthed from two Doctor Who serials the author penned, hence why Dirk is very Doctor-like. The new TV series takes Dirk Gently from his native Britain and transplants him to America’s rainy equivalent, Seattle, Washington. (The series was actually shot nearby at our neighbors to the north, Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.)

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NYCC 2013: Chucky 25th Anniversary Panel
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NYCC 2013: Curse Of Chucky panel

The sixth installment in the Child’s Play franchise, Curse Of Chucky went direct to DVD and Blu-ray on October 8, 2013, along with Blu-ray and DVD box set for Chucky: The Complete Collection, which contains all 6 Chucky films: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse Of Chucky.

Chucky creator Don Mancini made an appearance today at New York Comic-Con, along with franchise stars Brad Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent (the original child, Andy, from Child’s Play), and Jennifer Tilly, at a panel moderated by Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles discuss the horror film series’ 25th anniversary.

In the new movie, Fiona Dourif stars as a young women who receives a package containing the classic Chucky doll, which, unbeknownst to her, is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. Brad Dourif, Fiona’s dad (who you’ll know as Wormtongue in the Lord Of The Rings films), has provided the voice for the murderous doll beginning with the 1988 film that started it all, Child’s Play. In Curse Of Chucky, the little red-headed doll is back to play again, and there will be blood!

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Chucky’s Back! ‘Curse Of Chucky’ Wins At Fantasia Film Fest
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Chucky’s back!!!

Curse Of Chucky made its North American debut at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec at a sold-out screening on July 31, 2013 with over 800 people in attendance. Following the screening, there was a Q&A with director Don Mancini, as well as the film’s stars Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, and Chantal Quesnelle. It was announced on Friday that the film won the festival’s Audience Award for Best International Feature.

This direct-to-DVD offering comes to DVD and Blu-ray October 8, 2013. Creator of the Child’s Play horror film franchise, Don Mancini, who wrote every film of the series so far, returns to write and direct this sixth installment, which is being released through Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Universal 1440 Entertainment. Also coming on October 8 is the Blu-ray and DVD box set for Chucky: The Complete Collection, which contains all 6 Chucky films: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse Of Chucky.

You can watch the trailer for Curse Of Chucky here below, and check out the photos of the cast at the Fantasia Film Fest.

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