Originally posted by StaggerLeeDoes anybody know if the original held up okay? I'd hunt it down if people really feel it is worth it. Never seen it, but I've never heard a bad word about it.
I watched the original when it first aired and it was incredible until right at the end when it jumped the shark a bit. However, it was so different from anything else on at the time it was must watch television. Today, I don't know how it could duplicate that feat but would love to see them try.
Everything up to the resolution of the "Who killed Laura Palmer?" storyline is absolutely amazing television, STILL fresh and original and shocking despite airing on network television over twenty years ago. If it started now, it would absolutely be in the conversation with Mad Men and Breaking Bad and The Wire - it's that good. It's funny and scary and unlike anything else I've ever seen. Lots of shows have tried to be Twin Peaks since (including a lot of classics like The X-Files and Lost) but nothing has ever gotten the tone right.
After that, the show struggles for a little while -- Lynch and Frost had no desire to reveal the killer until the series was over and the early explanation was forced on them by the network because the audience was getting frustrated and tuning out -- as a lot of the characters were only being focused on because they were red herring potential killers and finding something for all of these random people to do on the show wasn't easy. To say nothing of the hoops they had to jump through to explain why the main character, an FBI Agent investigating the murder, was still in town.
However, once they get out of THAT and the show starts moving forward with the second big storyline (which only takes about four or five episodes), it picks back up again and the now-former series finale is one of the most horrifying episodes of television I've ever seen.
So, yes, watch it. It's not even thirty episodes. You'll be done in a week.
EDIT: Oh, and this announcement made yesterday second only to my wedding for the greatest day of my life.
Certainly the pilot and the first season (seven episodes) are must-watch television. It was SO good and ahead of its time.
As far as Season 2 goes, you can watch through to the reveal of Laura's killer and probably be fine with it, or you can watch through to the end and probably understand why everyone had walked away from the show.
Everyone expected Laura's killer to be revealed in the opening episode of the second season, because that's the way television cliffhangers worked then. Lynch/Frost had no intention of doing this (in fact, Lynch later revealed he thought Laura's killer should NEVER have been revealed). When word got out over the summer that the killer wasn't going to be revealed, the at-large television audience completely freaked out. It was like they were being robbed of their right to know. So audience interest immediately fell off, but really dropped after Laura's killer was finally revealed.
In the end, "Twin Peaks", which started out with an astonishing 35 million viewers watching the pilot, was in the bottom of the ratings and even put on hiatus for awhile.
The revelation of the killer, for a show on the edge of the '90s, is still shocking. It's not as simple as a name. There's a complex mythological structure to it, and all that makes for something dark and disturbing. Not that dark and disturbing can't be commercial (It predated -- and presaged -- Silence of the Lambs by almost a year).
It was a cultural tornado. That soundtrack brought back lounge jazz, and the show bolstered the still-lingering pop subculture of fictional serial killers. Sherilyn Fenn's look harkened back to '40s glamour. It was cool. For a time it was the epitome of cool.
I'm subscribing to Showtime just to watch this.
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Originally posted by griffThe greatest theme music to a television show ever.
OH! That reminds me...
I was working for this horrible oldies station years ago in a small town that had an annual "cooking show" at the community college. We had the auditorium, where a local appliance store provided the "kitchen" on stage. One of our older salesmen played host. It was classic small town hokey.
Included in the evening was bingo, and I was running the lights and sound from the booth behind the balcony. I piped in "Freshly Squeezed" from the "Twin Peaks" soundtrack through the sound system while the fifty or so elderly people who showed up played bingo.
I tried. I really did. Watched up through episode 8. Just could not get into it. I can see how people enjoy it, it's well made and quirky and had a certain pacing that sorta makes you relax while you watch it.
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