I watched it back in the 90s, sucked in by all the hype. I enjoyed it at the time but did think it started to disappear up its own fundament by the second series. Someone coined the phrase "pretentious noir" to describe Lynch's work - ostensibly crime dramas but featuring whimsical dialogue, fey ambient music, dream sequences and dancing dwarves. Series 2 is probably where all that kicked off in earnest and set the template. Not been tempted to revisit it, watch the film or the new series. My brother has but he's always had a higher tolerance for self consciously arty stuff than I have - I blame his media studies degree.
Well, I’ll give you an up to date verdict soon. Let you know the score.
My memories are fairly vague and I cannot remember which series I saw. One, two or both. It was just summat that was on TV. I remember being interested at the time but I didn’t watch it religiously and cannot remember if I missed the first few episodes.
I quite like Lynch though, he’s done some terrific stuff.
I’m pretty sure I’d seen it before, though happen not. I didn’t find it in the slightest bit pretentious. Sure it had an eye for style but it wasn’t pretentious, let’s see what happens further down the line..
There’s definitely some talent in this series. Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joan Chen. Plus loads of other birds.
Well I watched more Twin Peaks last night. I finally saw a dancing dwarf, he’s in episode 3, I think. He’s in one of Special Agent Dale Cooper’s dreams - it’s a dream, it’s meant to be weird and cryptic on purpose. Like all that stuff with Laura Palmer who also appears in the dream, who claims she’s like Laura Palmer but not, she’s her Polish cousin, because sometimes her arms bend the wrong way - the autopsy then revealing the next day that her arms had been tied to breaking point behind her, at least twice, in different locations, before her ultimate murder. I’m sure the dwarf will make sense, soon. Just need a bit more info to work it out.
Don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s style heavy but that’s part of its humour, part of its whimsy. I’ve still not found anything overly pretentious, and I say that never having got a media studies degree.
Into series two of the show now (on about episode 10 or 11 or something), seems a bit less dark and has more scenes obviously played for laughs. Though this could be just individual episodes.
Poor Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn) is being held against her will and turned into a junkie at One Eyed Jacks.
The love triangle between Donna, James and Maddy is a bit annoying and every time they’re on screen together I feel like sighing and reaching for the fast forward button.
No more grooving dwarves since episode 3, so far. We have had a giant though. That comes to G-man Dale Cooper after he’s been gunned down and again the next night. As I said in my previous posts, I don’t find it overly pretentious. It’s a bit arty in places perhaps and quirky (certainly the characters) but I think due to it’s cultural influences I think said similar quirkiness has been tried since in many tv shows and has now become more mainstream.
I liked the old room service guy that visits Cooper when he’s lying there shot. That scene was very funny.
Well into series 2 now and having caught the entity that is Bob (for the minute he’s gone quiet) it doesn’t seem to quite know what to do with itself. Having now gone off on a tangent about aliens. I suspect it’ll reign itself in before the end but I’m guessing this is ‘the wall’ that some of you hit in series..
It’s started to become more reliant on comedy too, particularly with officer Andy and Lucy the police station operator.
'Lost' was the same. That started out really well for a couple of seasons and then it just got boring and stupid.
I wouldn’t say TP’s boring or stupid but it seems like it doesn’t quite know what to do with itself and because of that it’s becoming more whimsical and silly. Like it’s lost a bit of its direction. I think if it gets the next few episodes out the way, I’m expecting it to gear up a few gears for the show finale.
Overall it was very good. The first series is excellent, as is the second up to the point where Laura Palmer’s killer is revealed, then it literally loses the plot, until it gets back to how it should have been, in the last few episodes.
If they had tightened up the flabby middle bit, lost a few episodes - say 20 instead of 30, it would have been a brilliant series throughout. Either way I think it changed TV forever. So probably unmissable really. I don’t think you would have had half the shows you have today were it not for Twin Peaks. It’s influence on television has been quite remarkable, I think.
I blame Lynch and Frost for leaving the show to work on other stuff halfway through the second series, only to return right at the end. The dip proves this for me.
I never found it pretentious particularly, just lost its direction and got a bit hokey with silly humour and unnecessary subplotting/characters. Shame. I quite liked all that weird black lodge/UFO/inter dimensional evil stuff, that was quite cool. Just badly handled.
It ended on a cliffhanger so inevitably I will have to get the 2017 series.