Trust Lynch to bring back the iconic 'Twin Peaks' 25 years later (as Lara promised) only to again leave us with far more questions than answers after a near 18 hour runtime. Masterfully constructed and richly written. Back stories? Motivations? Identifying characters? Well, let the audience work out such trivialities. In episode 18 a character says 'what the fuck just happened' and the audience is in full empathy.
I subscribed to Showtime just to watch this, and tuned in for every episode religiously. I loved every minute of it. But the first and second season were better. Not enough Laura, way too much Dougie. Not enough Shelly. Not enough Amanda Seyfried who could have been the next Laura. For reals. Of course more Audrey would have been nice too, but alas, the ravages of time. And no Heather Graham? Still I loved it.
Twin Peaks came back with a bang this year; 25 YEARS AFTER IT ORIGINALLY AIRED. David Lynch's mind melting magnum opus took me to places no film did, or ever will, this year or any in that matter. And for that it earns its spot as the greatest 18 hour film ever made. Unpredictable as ever along with a dark surrealism that will keep you guessing, there's just no filmmaker like David Lynch.
I feel so inadequate for not appreciating this as a whole. This season was mainly a playground for Lynch to experience visually. I needed to resurrect the melancholia I always sensed while visiting Twin Peaks. This was delayed until the end of the season. There were so many slight and cold sequences. And whatever happened to Audrey? So deviant. The ending, however, was worth it - it was worth it and cordial.
To quote a better writer than I: "the overwhelming, inscrutable totality of this thing defeats attempts to tame it by decoding it," and yet Lynch's eighteen hour treatise on aging, how nostalgia lies, and the medium of television itself is enthralling despite (and because of) its damned slipperiness. A litmus test separating spectator from cineaste. Proof positive that there is no greater filmic artist yet living.
Despite it's short comings and the fact that it will confound you in ways you can´t imagine, this is almost perfection. Not until I had seen all episodes could I really savour the power of Lynch's vision. Like I said, there were times where I could have given up on this but when viewed as a whole I am stoked to watch it again.
A marvellous, marvelling testimony to Deleuze's idea of cinema as a rotating, refracting crystal; a hall of fractured mirrors cascading back and forth in time, multiplying images of people and places until the difference between the image and the memory, the reality and the dream, the present and the past, the living and the dead, are thoroughly indiscernible (cont...)
I really like this pilot, it might be one of my favorite Twin Peaks, it is very atmospheric and the plot creeps up on you where it doesn't seem like there is one. There definitely is, it is not his usual pure nonsense. There are several compelling plots and the story has expanded to three or four cities instead of just the one. He tells a horror story that is also soothing, very strange effect.
It takes patience to enjoy this show. Indeed, this show veers all over the place, from the irritatingly mundane to the ghastly fantastic. And then there are the music performances which end most of the shows. I think this could be edited down to a good 8-10 episodes. So many of those characters just weren't relevant to the plot. Now maybe 'Twin Peaks: The missing pieces' will make sense. Miguel Ferrer lives!