TV review: BBC America’s ‘Dirk Gently’ is surreal, silly

‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,’ 8 p.m. Saturdays on BBC America

Three stars (out of four)

What is a “holistic detective”? Who knows? Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), who claims to be one, says he has the ability to find connections between everything. 

This puzzles his newly recruited assistant, Todd (Elijah Wood), but Todd goes along, because he’s in desperate straits and also because he has seen some very strange things recently, including himself, in a hotel hallway.

If you’re inclined to spend much time analyzing the rules here, perhaps you’d be better off reading the 1987 Douglas Adams novel on which the series is based, or at least reading it first. (Adams aficionados, however, have already complained that the adaptation by Max Landis doesn’t do the book justice.)

On its own, the best way to watch the TV series, arriving Saturday on BBC America in the United States and Netflix in other part of the

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