If you’re a fan of a certain ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’-loving, sci-fi novelist, your calendar has been marked for ages for the television premiere of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America.
This eight-episode series, created by screenwriter Max Landis (writer of Chronicle) comes from the studio that brought you The Walking Dead. It marks the premiere of a show that originally made its debut in the U.K. However, with the American version, Landis and showrunner Robert C. Cooper have completely revamped the show with Adams’ fans firmly in mind — something they touched on at a special panel discussion for the show at New York Comic Con.
Here are five things from that panel (and the pilot episode they played) that’ll get you pumped about the show.
1. The On-Screen Chemistry
The title character is played by young British actor Samuel Barnett, perhaps best known for his role as Renfield on the recently completed Showtime drama Penny Dreadful. He meets his own personal Watson (played by Elijah Wood), a down-on-his-luck schlub named Todd Brotzman, in the pilot and proceeds to try to explain to his new partner why they need to work together.
All well and good — except this is something that initially doesn’t interest Todd in the slightest, as evidenced by his proclamation, “I’m not your Watson, asshole!” A humorous sentiment and nice salvo to distinguish the series from other TV detective spirit animals such as Sherlock.
The chemistry Barnett has with his co-star Wood is easily a top draw for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The two actors play off each other as if they have been working together for years and give the audience an easy entry-point into the show, which is not afraid to go the ‘full weird’ as you’ll read below.