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Twin Peaks: The Return – Part 7

Viewers who have been frustrated with the Twin Peaks‘ revival’s stubborn refusal to indulge their nostalgia for the original show had reason to celebrate during this, the seventh hour of the new season.  Not only did the episode spend more time within the familiar city limits of Twin Peaks, but there were lots of familiar faces, references to old mysteries and even a few answers to be found.  After six straight hours of keeping his audience off-balance, David Lynch finally let Twin Peaks fans find their footing for a moment or two.  This hour was arguably less audacious than previous episodes, but in exchange it packed more payoffs than one is used to seeing in the weird world of Twin Peaks.

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Twin Peaks: The Return – Part 6

Mike, the One-Armed Man, arrives to Agent Cooper in a vision with a warning.  “You have to wake up.”  His words echo the thoughts of viewers who may be growing frustrated with the glacial pace of Cooper’s return from the Black Lodge.  Through six hours of television, we have watched helplessly as our protagonist stumbles through someone else’s life.  On some level, we all just want him to snap out of it!  Little by little, that’s happening.  This week Coop traded in his awful green blazer for his familiar black suit and one more piece snapped back into place.

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Twin Peaks: The Return – Part 5

Hey guys! It’s your old pal Daffy Stardust filling in for Lebeau on the new season of Twin Peaks this week as he and his family are out of town for a well-deserved vacation at Universal Florida. I’m sure he’ll be filling you in on all the fun they had, but in the meantime he asked me to share my own thoughts about David Lynch’s continuation of his classic TV show from the early ’90s.
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Twin Peaks: The Return – Parts 3 and 4

If David Lynch was going to return to Twin Peaks, one thing was clear, it was going to be on his terms.  Lynch nearly walked away from the project early on when Showtime didn’t approve his budget.  But ultimately the eccentric auteur got his way and for better or worse, the new season of Twin Peaks reflects Lynch’s singular vision.  Showtime gave David Lynch a pile of money and complete creative control.  If nothing else, it will be interesting to see what he did with it.

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Twin Peaks: The Return – Parts 1 and 2

Twin Peaks is back.  The show’s opening moments remind us how long we have been waiting.  In a clip from the final episode from its original run, Laura Palmer tells Special Agent Dale Cooper that she will see him again in twenty-five years.  It’s actually been twenty-six years for us, but who’s counting?  We had Fire Walk With Me to tide us over.  That conversation took place in the mysterious Black Lodge where Agent Cooper still resides.

Flashbacks remind viewers of the show’s infamous second season cliffhanger in which our hero was trapped in the Lodge while his evil Doppelganger took his place in the real world.  I wondered if Lynch and company might sidestep this dangling plot thread but the new episodes offer no easy solution.  Coop is still trapped and his Doppelganger is a terror that needs to be stopped.  This is the story I have waited a quarter century to see completed and Twin Peaks didn’t disappoint.

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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t): Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

It’s happening again.  That show I like is coming back in style.  I am of course referring to the cult sensation, Twin Peaks, which after twenty-five years has been revived for a third season on Showtime.  But this isn’t the first time Twin Peaks was given a second chance.  In 1992, just one year after the show’s cancellation, director David Lynch brought his creation to the big screen.

Showtime’s revival has been met with joyous celebration, but Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me opened to booing at the Cannes Film Festival, jeers from critics and ambivalence from audiences.  Even the show’s few remaining fans didn’t seem to know what to make of the big screen version of Twin Peaks.   A quarter century later, the movie, like the show, has enjoyed a critical reappraisal with many now viewing Fire Walk With Me as an under-appreciated gem.  That may be true, but as an attempt to extend the life of Twin Peaks mania, it was a critical and commercial failure.

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Shortly after Twin Peaks was cancelled by ABC, a Twin Peals movie was announced.  For the dedicated fans who watched the TV show to the bitter end, the announcement was great news.  The show ended with  maddening cliff hanger.  It stood to reason that the movie would offer some closure.

But that’s not what happened.  Instead, auteur David Lynch made a movie that was too tied to the mythology of the TV show to be appreciated by casual viewers and yet so different in tone from the TV show that it alienated fans.

In short, it satisfied almost no one.

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Lego Twin Peaks

I was discussing Twin Peaks with some fellow fans after my review of the show and I stumbled on this brilliant video of Lego Twin Peaks.  If you’re not a fan, you won’t get it.  But if you still remember Twin Peaks fondly, this will put a smile on your face.

Twin Peaks

Recently Netflix started streaming episodes of Twin Peaks.  This news was cause for celebration as far as I was concerned.  During most of its brief run, Twin Peaks had been my favorite TV show.  But most people didn’t share my enthusiasm.

The years have not been kind to Twin Peaks’ reputation.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say Twin Peaks has become something of a cautionary tale.  Back in the days when Lost was frustrating its fans with bizarre clues to mysteries it seemed it would never answer, I commonly heard the phrase “They better not pull a Twin Peaks!”

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