TV Reviews

At least I wasn’t alone. In evaluating the first two episode of the relaunched Twin Peaks it seemed like many people weren’t really into whatever the heck and David Lynch and Mark Frost were doing. It was weird for the sake of being weird, full of non-sequiturs and oddities, and they dealt precious little with the titular town or any of the menagerie of beloved characters left behind in 1991. I’m not sure if the turn was purposeful, but admittedly, it did seem like a little bit of that old Twin Peaks peered out from behind the bushes in episodes three and four. (more…)

I feel like Krusty the Klown having just watching the adventures of “Worker and Parasite”, Eastern Europe’s favourite cat and mouse team. Showtime‘s revival of Twin Peaks was highly anticipated, but it will be interesting to see what people think of the two first new episodes of the series since 1991. In short, depending on how it all turns out, Twin Peaks 2017 will either be the epitome of everything director David Lynch does well, or everything that Peak TV does badly. The tagline for the series is “It’s happening again,” and if by that they mean the weirdness, symbolism and non-sequiturs, then yes, it is happening again.  (more…)

It’s been a while, but when we last left the town (and show) of Twin Peaks, Agent Cooper had been shot, and so had Leo Johnson. Shelly Johnson, Catherine Martell and Pete Martell all seemed doomed in the burning mill. Audrey Horne was in over her head posing as the new prostitute at One Eyed Jacks and about to come face-to-face with the owner, her father. Big Ed came home and found that Nadine had OD’ed on pills while his nephew James was arrested after Bobby Briggs put cocaine on his motorcycle. It was the biggest night in town since the Elk Lodge burned down in the 50s according to Doc.  (more…)

The killer of Jason Blossom was finally revealed on this week’s Riverdale, putting to rest the driving mystery that has propelled the storylines both frontwards and back in this inaugural season of the Archies reboot. The resolution was not especially shocking, not that it ever is in these cases, but the story unfolded in this highly consequential hour at what felt like a lightening pace as the gang blew through each red hearing and clue on a collision course to the final unmasking of the villain. The only question now is what will the series do for an encore in season two? (more…)

After a week off, presumably to prolong the agony, Riverdale returned this week with a highly consequential episode, one that seemed to set up the final revelation of Jason Bloom’s killer. To get there though, we had to indulge in more suspicion of F.P. Jones, more creepiness in the Blossom household, and more drama in the Andrews home as Archie dealt with the return of his mom, and growing feelings of desire for Veronica. Guess which one was more the priority for the red-headed scamp? (more…)

It took 10 episodes, but they finally did it: A Riverdale ragger! Where was the debauchery? Where was the revelry? Where were the forced errors from drunken escapades and the sober regret? Well, it just turns out that we had to wait for Jughead’s birthday, the bizarro confluence of the capped one’s hatred of birthdays, his girlfriend’s desire to put on a perfect facade, and his best friend’s deep seeded need to forget that his parents are divorcing and he doesn’t know what to do. Yes, this was a consequential Riverdale, and not just because that girl from Sixteen Candles appeared at the end. (more…)

“To be continued…” How quaint. To remember a time when TV shows felt the need to remind us that the story’s not over at the end of an hour is like remembering when you had to set your VCR manually to tape something, or only being able to use the internet when no one was using the telephone. Even from a 1990 perspective, you have to admit adding “To be continued…” to the end of the first season finale of Twin Peaks was grossly unnecessary considering the fate of several main characters was up in the air, while the fate of the main suspects was profoundly more certain. (more…)

It’s time again for another episode of Riverdale, or as I like to call it, “Archie is the Worst.” This week on “Archie is the Worst,” our red-headed teenage scamp couldn’t see what was right in front of him as the Blossoms crafted him into the perfect tool to prove that they were not a fading dynasty. This is unlikely to be the last time that “Archie” and “tool” will be used in the same sentence, because it took him about 50 minutes longer than it should have to realize that’s exactly what he was being groomed to be, and now it looks like he will pay the price. (more…)

In these next episodes of Twin Peaks we start to see the various plot lines coalesce as progress is not just made on the murder mystery of Laura Palmer, but on the backstabbing and double-dealing between the town’s business interests both legitimate and illicit. Circumstances now force us to take this series two episodes at a time if we hope to catch up before the launch of Showtime‘s new season next month, which suits (Burns better) me because the impulse to binge the show is getting stronger as all the elements starting coming together to resolve some of the central mysteries, and take us deeper into others. (more…)

Welcome back to Riverdale, where skies are always gloomy, your neighbours are ready to stab you in the back, and where Pop’s still open 24 hours a day for damn good coffee and cherry pie… Wait, wrong murder mystery. The mysteries on this first new Riverdale after a two week break had more to do with the parents then it had to do with the still dead Jason Blossom, which is okay because the storyline gave us an opportunity to be reminded of a very important point: Archie is the worst. (more…)