Warning – Strong Netflix Spoilers Ahead.
I was thrilled to have something in common with SRK the first time I discovered the frenzy surrounding Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on Netflix.
I remember binge-watching the entire first season, only to be left with a deep sense of wanting more, and right then, a tweet from the king of Bollywood served as a promise (on some level?) that the show will go on.
Dirk Gently is a TV series!! And I didn’t know it! Woe be upon me. Sorry Adams. The pic is for no apparent reason. pic.twitter.com/K2BWtCQ32a
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) February 18, 2017
Shortly thereafter, an exchange of pleasantries between the show’s makers and SRK led to a joking conclusion that the megastar would probably star in the show’s second season (this never happened). And then the second season came along (after a painful year long wait), which, needless to say, I enjoyed immensely, and then it all came to an abrupt end. That’s the part that did not go down well on my content-consuming alter ego, and I can only imagine that like-minded Netflix enthusiasts, Douglas Adams fans and patrons of the quintessential ‘mindf**k’ genre share my displeasure at this unexpected departure from an oh-so-lovely world of explainable magic.
And then, this happened.
The Haunting Of Hill House
Okay, so it didn’t happen, like immediately. I might also add that a sincere aversion to the horror genre by default (I am perpetually blessed and cursed with realistic nightmares, and I’m the type of person who needs to watch something overtly slapstick-comical to get out of my horror zone, Stranger Things did the same thing to me, but that’s another story!) had contributed to me staying away from the series for a good amount of time, until some of my closest friends and people who know my taste for content really well, started recommending it to me. And they used the exact comparison that I’ve named in the beginning of this piece, which is why I felt it was alright to go with the same logic.
To call ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ just a horror series, would be the understatement of the decade. After having seen the series (admittedly, under the deep and secure layer of blanket-aided, handheld hugs by my delightful girlfriend) on a non-binge schedule, I can say this for sure. Enthusiasts of the aforementioned ‘mindf***k’ genre will not be disappointed.
The parallel worlds of supernatural explanation – Dirk Gently vs Hill House
I’ll confess that I’m a sucker for all things supernatural that get explained well on a visual medium. It happened to me with Vampire Diaries, and it happened with Rick and Morty, and there is no reason for me to deny that accreditation to the Hill House narrative either.
On one hand, you enjoy the demure, albeit intense and opposing chemistry between Samuel Barnett’s appropriately weird Dirk Gently character and Elijah Wood’s decidedly non-believing depiction of Todd Brotzman. On the other, with Hill House, you witness the systematically dysfunctional family dynamics that keep the Crains at perpetual tenterhooks with each other. The delightful aspect of it all, is that these characters, through their superbly executed on-screen interactions, never ever begin to hate each other, even though their condemning actions have a strong impact on how the story progresses further.
In other words, if you enjoyed how Todd warmed up to the idea of Dirk’s eccentricity throughout season 1 before positively drowning in it by season 2, you should keep the lights and popcorn out to devour the dramatic changes of passion between the entire cast of Hill House across a diverse timeline. In fact, it totally changes the way we (humans) learn to interact with the concept of ghosts.
A couple of reasons to binge-watch The Haunting of Hill House if you’re a Dirk Gently fan
- Quirky, black-comedy dialogue exchanges
- Brilliant sci-fi undertones to supernatural events
- Intense and extreme chemistry between eccentric characters
- Alternating timelines with a beautiful explanation at the end
- An over-arching tone of mental euphoria after you finish watching the show
Source for Imagery: Netflix (This is an opinion piece by the author)