From film noir private eyes to a deranged and frankly confounding version of Sylvia Plath, these web series detectives seem to embrace absurdity above all else — including solving a case (assuming there is a case, that is). Rather than preparing to arrange clues in a logical pattern, prepare to fall down the proverbial rabbit hole with these digital dicks…
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With a music score like a porno and the inclusion of a car to match, this web series involving a time traveling detective is so crazy that it might just actually work. The plot itself is smart, asking the temporally displaced detective to solve two, nearly identical mysteries in two, different time periods. His narration is unbearably stiff, but it’s supposed to be.
This faux film noir web series is almost slapstick silly. The dialogue is unbelievable in its transparent stupidity, but it works out in the end because it’s so obviously self-aware, transcending into absurdity. Frankly, this series wouldn’t work if it weren’t shot in black and white, nor if the actor playing detective Dick didn’t have such a perfect face and voice for his role. He also happens to be good at acting, which always helps.
This show is very well produced and probably truly entertaining if you’re around the age of the observant protagonist. The cast of characters is appropriately eccentric, and the formula of the hyper-smart, budding detective type narrating her private take on the world to her audience will never get old.
This web series manages to successfully poke fun at every aspect of the undercover detective genre, from the disinterested, perpetually typing secretary to the sniveling, cuckolded husband and everything in between. The back-and-forth between the detectives (and an unexpected roommate in one of their studio apartments) will at least make you snicker.
Great set design and one, very obvious wig will catch and hold your gaze as you witness Sylvia Plath, Girl Detective’s exaggerated speech patterns and think to yourself, “Maybe she’s not a detective after all.” Still, something mysterious is happening in this web series, and it’s set up in such a way that will lure you in and encourage you to find out what.