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100 TV Shows-#3-Twin Peaks

I discussed this a bit in my House Babble for Gut Check, but here it goes again.

Twin Peaks

God, just hearing that Angelo Badalamenti opening theme brings it all back.

This was another Zeitgeist show. The one everyone was talking about or watching watching for a least a few weeks in 1990. Another show that I heard about while it was first being shown and then caught up with on the reruns and fell in love with. IN LOVE. The look. The sound. The weirdness. The ambience. The quirky characters played by all sorts of actors and actresses carrying the baggage of their previous roles. Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn (Tony and Riff together again.) Piper Laurie and Peggy Lipton. Michael Parks. Plus the soon to be somebodies like David Duchovny and Miguel Ferrer. I still wasn't shipping, although I did want more interaction between Albert and Harry after the punch out.

The Log Lady. The Black Lodge. The owls are not what they seem.

Who killed Laura Palmer became the biggest mystery catch-phrase since Who shot JR?

Another sound track that I bought and played obsessively. I still adore Julee Cruse singing "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears." I wanted to dance like Audrey. I wanted to go to the One Eyed Jacks. I wanted a damn good cup of coffee and I don't even like coffee.

Miami Vice took years to go to hell in a bucket. Twin Peaks basically did it one season. The second season was SO AWFUL. I hated all the new characters. Everyone was stupid and nasty and ugly. People acted like jerks. Who cared about a triangle with Lucy, Andy and that stupid character played by Ian Buchanan. I loved Ian Buchanan on General Hospital and Twin Peaks pretty much ruined him for me.

I know that a lot of it is blamed on Network Meddling and David Lynch not being allowed to see his vision through. I know a lot of you love Fire Walk With Me and say it absolves everything. But for me, the second season of Twin Peaks was like being in love and expecting something wonderful and having your heart broken. The last episode made me almost literally sick.

OK, I was young. I was stupid. I didn't have a fandom to hold my hand and help me write fanfic and tell me it would be ok. All I had was hubby and he was like, "It's just a TV show."

So for nearly ten years, I completely gave up on Network Television. I watched BBC-America, VH1 Classics, Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC and C-Span. This is how I managed to miss out on both X-Files and Buffy while they were originally being shown. Which knowing what I know about the ship-wars and the fandoms, may not have been such a bad thing. Can you imagine me in the middle of the Spike/Buffy vs Buffy/Angel shipwars? OUCH!

I would be betrayed by TV shows I loved again, but never as quickly or quite as brutally. No David Lynch, I shall never forgive you.



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Apr. 19th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
We watched it when it originally came out on and quit sometime before the end of the first season. It was a show full of characters(many that I hated) that was going nowhere FAST. Last year, we tried a rewatch and still, we've not finished it. We just can't seem to get any further than a few episodes in and then it becomes a chore to watch.

I did like Duchovny in drag though.
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
The Duchovny thing really only has impact in retrospect, once you know it's Duchovny. He also appears in a few Henry Jaglom movies and you mostly think, oh, good looking young actor, nothing special. Unless it's a few years later and you're like OMG-MULDER!

I think for a lot of these Zeitgeist shows, you sort of had to be caught up in the cultural thing while it was happening. Otherwise you sort of just stare and wonder what the hype was about.
Apr. 19th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
ah, Twin Peaks - such great potential wasted.

I even bought the book "Laura Palmer's Diary" - and it was a dirty little thing... (hee)
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
A lot of the buzz about Twin Peaks was all this implied dirt and sex and kink and what dirty things Laura Palmer had really done. I don't think I bought the book. Kept seeing it at street sales a few years later though.
Apr. 21st, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
The book was actually a revelation for me. In fact, if you consider tie-ins to be equivalent to fanfic, it was the first femslash I ever read (Laura/Josie). I honestly never thought a book like that would be written about TV characters.

Actually the Dale Cooper one was a disappointment comparatively - not half the sex and scandal. Of course Coop was conservative in comparison...

More on the actual show, etc, soon.
Apr. 22nd, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Laura/Josie? Really. That would be all kinds of wrong. And hot.
Apr. 22nd, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. It's one of the most dirtybadwrong books I've ever read. I have my copy somewhere - well a copy if not my original one. I'll have to look that up again.

I will always love Fire Walk With Me for the Bowie and Chris Isaak parts, too. And Kiefer Sutherland (who I just watched the new show of, and I'm intrigued).
Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
It's on iBooks and I think the Kindle now.

Go read it, seriously.
Apr. 24th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
http://www.glastonberrygrove.net/texts/index.html Online copies too (just in case you didn't know).
Apr. 24th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)

Both the Laura and Dale books online. Plus other stuff. I had forgotten that Dale goes undercover in a gay bar in leather pants. I think a re-read of his book is in order too.
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
There's a visual!
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, but David lynch is insane.
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
You can be insane and not take it out on your viewers in a purely sadistic way. If show-runners want to be auteurs, they can damn well take the heat for their artistic suckitude.
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Ok, then, I lied. I watched one Zeitgeist show...two if you count a few eps of Miami Vice. I didn't get it.Which I never admitted then, because it would be like admitting terminal uncool.
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Well, Miami Vice was basically just a genre show with pastel trappings and cool music. The Zeitgeist came from the fast cuts and the shiny, not anything inherently special in the format. With Twin Peaks there WAS the attempt to transcend genre and do something different. Unfortunately the second season was EPIC FAIL and completely undermined the greatness that had gone before.
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Vice was like a procedural, mated with a music video. With more drugs, uh, in front of the camera.Twin Peaks was where I got lost...although it was still hard to stop looking at it.
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I got into Twin Peaks because I was a *massivehuge* fan of Lynch's "Blue Velvet" when I was in high school in podunk Iowa.

I did watch most of the first season and loved it for the quirkiness and THE MUSIC!OMG (remember seeing a drag queen do the spooky barscene wavy dance-thing as her ACT! )

But as you say, Lynch lost creative control of his show on ABC in the second season. I....yeah. painful. I seem to remember that at the time Lynch left to go work on houses? I don't know- way too long ago. :D

But Kyle Mac's ass...... still solid after all these years!

Apr. 20th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
But Kyle Mac's ass...... still solid after all these years!

Pity about his face. I'm sorry, but from the front he has not aged well. It's been hard to look at him since Showgirls, really.

But yeah, that music. DAYAM!
Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
OK, I was young. I was stupid. I didn't have a fandom to hold my hand and help me write fanfic and tell me it would be ok. All I had was hubby and he was like, "It's just a TV show."
I did a single episode of a tv show about Twin Peaks, the week after BOB, with three of my friends, and I dressed about as Audrey as I could. And when I got the Internet in 1993 via Prodigy and AOL and I found pages and pages of analysis and squee and lists, it tided me over.

But I still miss that fucking insane show.
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
It was definitely one of the times I've really been completely obsessed and swept up in and show and it was a happy time until it went so badly wrong. So I definitely miss that honeymoon period. I've had it with a few shows since then, but it's still a rare bird to be cherished when it does happen.
Jun. 13th, 2013 09:44 am (UTC)
I started watching this show on Netflix and was hooked. I did not watch it when it was on in the 90's. I flew through the first season in no time. I was pretty disappointed with the second season but could not tear myself away. I loved most of characters....hated the rest. And always seemed to want coffee...
If you like the TV show Psych, watch the episode called Duel Spires...its a spin of Twin Peeks with some of the actors that were in the show. It's pretty funny :)
Jun. 14th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
I've never been able to warm up to Psych. I just find the lead character SO annoying. I just want to root for everyone who doesn't like him. Yeah---that second season of Twin Peaks, one of the great disappointments of my TV-watching life. No, David Lynch, I will never forgive you.
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