Tag: Television

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.

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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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I’m watching Downton Abbey Now

I’m watching Downton Abbey now, which is basically the bestest and most British-ist thing to happen to television since the Jeremy Irons version of Brideshead Revisisted (which I haven’t seen, isn’t that terrible?  I should probably fix that).  So yes, Downtown Abbey is pretty great, and you should watch it.  The whole first season is on Netflix Instant, and it is only seven episodes.  I’m three in, they’re pretty dense, and listening extra-hard to the British accents can be exhausting so I watch in small doses.  Anyways, it is SHORT and AVAILABLE so you have no excuse not to watch it.  The second season has just started on PBS, so through the wonder of DVR (or reruns) you can totally watch all seven episodes of season one during this upcoming three day weekend and then catch up on the first episode of Season 2 and then be all set!  That’s my plan, anyways, because I have such a hopping and active social life.

I won’t say much more about Downtown Abbey except that the lines “One swallow does not make a summer” and “What is a week end?” have been uttered, the latter by the AMAZING Maggie Smith.  Also, THIS RIDING COAT GUYS:

Wow guys, look at that riding coat.  Look at the skirt on that riding coat. I loathe horses (remind me to tell you about my one horseback riding experience one day, it basically encapsulates all that is problematic in my daily life), but I think equestrian fashion is amazing.  AND THAT COAT.  I want to wear it, I want to wear it and be an equestrian British Goth chick because that coat is amazing and beautiful and probably swings really nicely when you walk.  I would get on a horse again, just to wear that coat.

Okay, maybe not the horse part, but, you know, WANT.