MP (militarypenguin) wrote,

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Watching Twin Peaks

I've seen the pilot many times, watched up to episode four of the first season about three years ago, and am now finally sitting down to watch it the whole way through. I just finished episode 9 of season 2, the last one David Lynch worked on before returning for the last episode of said season.

Here's what I've "known" about the show prior to watching it:
  • It's really good.
  • It's really weird, but that comes with the territory of it being a Lynch work.
  • It's amazing until Lynch leaves, then it's terrible before it becomes amazing again when he returns.
  • Agent Dale Cooper is an adorable ray of sunshine.
  • James sucks.
  • Lynch originally conceived Laura's murder to be a neverending mystery before the network made him wrap up the plotline.
I'll address the validity of these point by point:
  • It's good, hasn't scratched that itch for me yet. Hasn't resonated. It's not something I love to the point of longing to own a physical copy of it.
  • It can get weird, though sometimes I feel it doesn't get weird enough, or at enough times.
  • I can't vouch for the quality of where season two goes as of writing this, as indicated at the beginning.
  • Agent Dale Cooper is an adorable ray of sunshine. His scene with Audrey in his hotel room in season one is so sweet and one of my favorite scenes in the series. I also loved the scene of him holding Leland, stroking his hair and tenderly giving him words of reassurance.
  • I don't feel strongly about James's character either way. He's not very interesting on his own, but his plotline working with Donna and Maddy trying to solve Laura's murder was, so it mostly evens out for me in the end. I don't know what Donna sees in him after he cheated on her though.
  • It certainly feels that way. The conclusion felt rushed in a way that felt out of sync with the show's slow, deliberate pacing, the way the answers were found felt too convenient and clean, and while it had its moments (see: the scene with Cooper and Leland) I can tell this wasn't the story Lynch wanted to tell. He wanted to tell a lot more, and I wish I could have seen more of it. I'll be getting that in the third season, I know, but it would have been interesting to see where he'd have taken things from there at that time.
I'm not looking forward to powering through the rest of the season if it's as much a chore to finish as I've heard, but hopefully I'll be entertained.
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