Weekly Recap: What Year Is It?
This summer’s Twin Peaks revival was equal parts frustration and delight. Never was that more true than last week’s final episode which concluded the series with a question fans will be pondering for years to come. “What year is it?” has become the new “How’s Annie?” And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you obviously haven’t been following along. That’s all right. Twin Peaks is out there waiting to be discovered. If you enjoy groundbreaking television, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
I posted my recap of the two-hour finale the morning after it aired. I have since rewatched it and I plan to go back and watch the entire season from start to finish. There is still a lot for me to process. Ratings for the new Twin Peaks probably weren’t as strong as Showtime would have liked, but that was always besides the point. Lynch and company clearly weren’t trying to make a show that would appeal to the masses. I can understand why a lot of viewers checked out early on.
The revival wasn’t the nostalgia trip they wanted. In fact, Lynch seemed to be trolling anyone who wanted to return to the Twin Peaks they remembered. For my money, what we got was better than anything I could have asked for. I look back on this season as a gift. It was one of the most unusual and unexpected television experiences of my life. Frankly, other shows (even highly regarded ones) seem “safe” by comparison. Game of Thrones may be more popular, but it couldn’t hold a candle to Twin Peaks.
When I was trying to think of a name for this week’s recap “What year is it?” seemed appropriate. Le Blog deals heavily in the kind of nostalgia Lynch seems to be warning against. I try not to romanticize the “good old days” here. At least not too much. But there’s definitely a danger of doing that when a lot of the site’s content is looking back. Just this morning in the comments section, there was some confusion over a Movieline article from twenty-five years ago. What year is it again?
Whether I want to admit it or not, it’s 2017. Twin Peaks is over and we have a lot more content to recap, so let’s get to it.
An appropriate time for looking back at the past is on one’s birthday. Over the last week, a lot of celebrities likely reflected on fond memories as they blew out candles. Here are the headliners selected by Jestak for this week’s birthday updates:
- Sept 4: Damon Wayans and Whitney Cummings
- Sept 5: Raquel Welch and Werner Herzog
- Sept 6: Naomie Harris and Anika Noni Rose
- Sept 7: Toby Jones and Evan Rachel Wood
- Sept 8: Patsy Cline and Peter Sellers
- Sept 9: Adam Sandler and Cliff Robertson
- Sept 10: Joe Perry and Amy Irving
In addition to the current Ms. Moneypenny, this week’s birthdays included a former Bond and an ex-Batman. The star of the Pink Panther movies shared a birthday with Pink. As always, there are lots of connections to be made once you dive into the individual articles. You just never know what you might find from one day to the next.
For example, I bet you guys thought we were done talking about Lego Dimensions? Nope. After several months away, I came back with a review of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack. One of the reasons I put Lego Dimensions on the back-burner for awhile was that the new releases had been delayed. Earlier this year, there were rumors that development for future expansions had been halted and the lack of announcements at this year’s E3 expo seems to confirm that is the case. The final wave of expansions comes out this month, so I have resumed what should be weekly write-ups. Once we get through these, that’s likely all there is left.
Daffy Stardust has returned from a Labor Day Weekend at Walk Disney World. We’re all glad to have him back safe and sound. He’s just getting started with his vacation vlogging which kicked off with a look at the new nighttime show, Happily Ever After. Daffy is in the process of moving, so he says future videos may come out a little more slowly than they have on previous trips.
Hollywood was hoping to capitalize on some childhood memories with a big-budget reboot of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. (Yes, it’s “morphin” not “morphing” I looked it up.) The new movie dropped the Mighty and the Morphin entirely to just focus on the Power and the Rangers because Power Rangers 2017 wasn’t silly kids stuff despite appearances to the contrary. Kevthewriter asked what went wrong with the reboot that made it a box office bomb.
Nothing takes us back into the past quite like the Movieline archives because they actually present the past as present. This week’s cover story was an interview with Jennifer Jason Leigh at a time when it seemed like she might be moving into mainstream movies with Single White Female. Also from the September 1992 issue, some contributors asked a bunch of moviegoers which stars they avoided at all costs. Some of the answers may surprise you. Even if you disagree, these movie fans came up with some pretty impressive put-downs. Finally, the 1997 issue included a profile on former 90210 star Tori Spelling.
Remember how I said before that I try not to over-indulge in nostalgia here? Well, forget about that. Because last night The Muppets performed Rainbow Connection at the Hollywood Bowl. So David Lynch be damned, I’m ending this recap with a dose of nostalgic crack.
Next Week: Fear the Walking Dead recaps resume, more Lego witches, a sci-fi legend graces the cover of Movieline, Jestak’s got the birthdays, and things get manly.