by Graham Pierrepoint
In the world of movie and TV streaming, things can sometimes get a little complicated – when it comes to acquiring certain series, platforms such as Netflix and Amazon prime Video need certain rights – which is why we’re able to enjoy so many award-winning shows from all over the world. For some of us, too, it’s a chance to really get into a show or two that seems to have unlimited potential – sadly, for fans of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, the chance of seeing a third season of time-travelling, dimension-hopping psychic action has been cut short all too soon.
The series, originally aired on BBC America and distributed by Netflix internationally, is based on novels written by the late Douglas Adams and stars Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood – and while its frenetic, mind-bending action has found thousands of fans, it seems that the network wished to shut down the series completely, after a cliffhanger at the end of its second season. The show has only recently started to enjoy worldwide syndication on Netflix, meaning that fans outside the US are accumulating – and with a Change.org petition, a hashtag (#SaveDirkGently) and campaigns being mounted to encourage Netflix to pick up the series all active at the time of writing, it seems that viewers aren’t going to let this become another Firefly in a hurry.
The current issue lies with whether or not Netflix is willing to not only retain distribution rights but is willing to resurrect production of the show so that fans can finally enjoy a third series – however, the platform has had form for this in the past – having brought back shows such as Arrested Development and even Full House (to varying reception). Netflix is known for keeping a close eye on viewing trends – and with petitioning continuing to rack up by the thousand and with an active subreddit campaigning to bring back the show, there’s no reason why they won’t meet popular demand – after all, viewing figures means big money!
Max Landis’ interpretation of Adams’ stories of interconnectivity and time and dimension-hopping has been met with critical praise and a raft of fan attention – meaning that we may not be seeing the end of Dirk Gently any time soon. Keep an eye on Netflix – and if you’re a fan, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved in the meantime. Other shows have risen from the ashes before!