Day: March 15, 2012

So, I am Watching Twin Peaks Now

Twin Peaks happened in 1990-1991.  I was five during this time, so I definitely did not watch any of it.  However, Twin Peaks is now on Netflix Instant, and one of my friends was all “Holy shit is crazy you need to watch it!!!!!” and I said “Okay, I’ll get around to it.”

Well, I finally got around to it.  And guys, to quote a poet, that shit cray.

Just in case you’ve been living in a pop culture hole for the last twenty-five years, Twin Peaks is the David Lynch directed television drama about a small town in the Pacific Northwest.  The town sweetheart, Laura Palmer, is brutally murdered, and the ensuing investigation reveals that the quaint small town is pretty fucked up.

Original 2001 release of Season 1 on DVD throu...
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The cast is led by an awesome, young, hot Kyle MacLachlan (Paul Atreides from Dune or Trey McDougal from Sex and the City depending on your pop cultural tastes) as an FBI agent who comes into town to solve the murder.  When the show aired in the early 90s, it was all America could talk about; people went nuts for this show, which is interesting because she show is insane.  The show pulled an Icarus for its first half, and then it got too close to the sun and it was canceled in its second season, after just thirty episodes.

Kyle MacLachlan at 43rd Emmy Awards ceremony
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This NYMagazine article, from their super-fun Best Dramas of the Past 25 Years March Madness bracket, sums up Twin Peaks pretty nicely.  You should read it, unless you haven’t watched Twin Peaks or Battlestar Galactica.  In which case, don’t read it.

So, I just finished the first episode of season 2.  The first season ended with a bunch of people getting shot, a one-eyed woman attempting suicide, and a big giant act of arson.  Also, one really brutal act of bird murder. And then the second season opened with hallucinations involving the tall dude who played Lwaxana Troi‘s mute servant in the Star Trek series.  The episode ended with this really creepy, rapid-edited rape-and-murder sequence involving demonic screaming and “FIRE WALK WITH ME” written in blood.  The show also includes a lady who has a log (I almost wrote blog there, oops) that she carries around like a baby, and donut buffets, and a secret society, and a bizarre little Canadian whorehouse, and also a dream sequence involving a red room and a dancing dwarf.  THIS SHOW IS CRAZY PEOPLE, I love it and I love that America loved it.

I know lots of random things about pop culture, and even know the twists or endings to things I have never seen (I don’t really care too much about spoilers, in general ROSEBUD IS A SLED GUYS).  However, I somehow don’t know who killed Laura Palmer, SO DON’T TELL ME.   I think I’ll find out in episode 14?  Anyways, I’m almost there.  WE SHALL SEE.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me theatrical poster
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