I’ve been watching (and enjoying) Dirk Gently, but I can’t help but wonder if part of what I like about it is the fact that the main characters look like what would result if The Fly happened but with Sherlock and John instead of a scientist and a bug.
- Dirk is a detective, has Sherlock hair, terrible social skills and disgusting housekeeping habits, but also is short and wears Jawn clothes
- MacDuff is the sidekick that Dirk keeps around to bounce ideas off of and who is constantly scrambling to keep up with Dirk’s deductions; he also has a square face and blond military haircut, but he’s much taller and for chrissake he’s wearing a long wool coat with the collar turned up
Of course, the pilot of Dirk Gently was in 2010 (and the fantastic books are much older than that, although Stephen Mangan looks nothing like the Dirk that Douglas Adams describes), so really, who’s copying who?
Speaking of books, look what I just finished! It was fantastic, of course, I can’t wait to read the next one.
Too bad about the perfectly square-shaped rip in the cover, but I wasn’t going to sell it anyway. I still wish I hadn’t sold my paperback Hitchhiker books and bought the big heavy anthology instead.
Richard went out and looked up the stairs and then came back in.
“A horse?” he said again.
“Yes, it is,” said the Professor. “Wait—” he motioned to Richard, who was about to go out again and investigate— “let it be. It won’t be long.”
Richard stared in disbelief. “You say there’s a horse in your bathroom, and all you can do is stand there naming Beatles songs?”
The Professor looked blankly at him.
“Listen,” he said, “I’m sorry if I…alarmed you earlier, it was just a slight turn. These things happen, my dear fellow, don’t upset yourself about it. Dear me, I’ve known odder things in my time. Many of them. Far odder. She’s only a horse, for heaven’s sake. I’ll go and let her out later. Please don’t concern yourself. Let us revive our spirits with some port.”
“But…how did it get in there?”
“Well, the bathroom window’s open. I expect she came in through that.”
Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
I really can’t believe I let myself forget how much I love Douglas Adams.