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Twin Peaks

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…)

“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…)

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…)

When we last left Twin Peaks (at least so far as the purposes of this series of recap), Agent Cooper had his big breakthrough in the case of who killed Laura Palmer, and it came from a weirdly disjointed, but code-filled, dream sequence. Who was Bob? Who was Mike? Who was the little man? And what did Laura/not-Laura whisper to him? If you thought the answers would be straightforward, then you must be thinking of some other show. But the consequential episode pushed on a key idea of the series so far, that there’s a lot more to Twin Peaks than meets the eye.  (more…)

For the most part, these first two episodes of Twin Peaks were straightforward. Yes, the characters are eccentric, but for the most part this was a by-the-book small town murder mystery. “When are things going to get weird?!” in other words. On cue, the third episode of the show has two scenes that you wouldn’t find in any police drama at the time, or perhaps since. For who needs crime scene units, behavioral profiling or the dull tedium of “pounding the pavement” when you can just throw rocks at a bottle, or have a crazy dream where the victim and a little person talk to you in disjointed English? (more…)

Obviously, there was no chance that Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman were going to solve the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer in “Episode 1”, but they did hit a surprising number of walls in Twin Peaks first post-pilot hour. Although we learned more about Laura and her last days, the focus of the episode was on the broader landscape of the show’s main characters, or should we say “main suspects.” Yes, the harsh glare of suspicion was cast on many different people in this episode, but did any of them kill Laura, or are we being led down a garden path? (more…)

What is this? Well, as you may have heard, Twin Peaks is returning to our TVs in a couple of months with a brand new series on Showtime, and we here at Nerd Bastards think it rather behooves us to look at the show from the beginning. Now here’s the true confession: I have never seen it. I know, it’s a black mark on my nerd credentials, and I had actually started watching it when three episodes in it was pulled from Canada’s Netflix a few years ago. It was a drag, but I moved on. However, with the pending premiere of Twin Peaks 2017 there’s new urgency, so let us all now take a trip back to Twin Peaks, knowing that for some of us, it’s the first time. (more…)

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It’s been in the works for a while, some thought it was never going to happen, but by the grace of the TV gods, Twin Peaks is returning to a television near you this year. As part of the annual winter press tour by the Television Critics Association, Showtime included Twin Peaks in their presentation, but if you think there was anything even resembling a spoiler in what they had to say, you clearly don’t know how TV works. Instead, we had to make due with nuggets, and the biggest nugget of all was an air date. Yes, Twin Peaks is coming back this year, and now we know exactly when.  (more…)

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If there’s a quintessential voice to the cult classic ABC mystery series Twin Peaks, it belongs to creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, but if there’s a second quintessential voice to the series, it belongs to Angelo Badalamenti, the man behind the haunting iconic score to the show. Of course, Badalamenti has added his unique tones to the moving pictures of many Lynch films, but since he was turning 70 years old next year, it was understandably a question mark as to whether or not he might return for Twin Peaks’ Showtime relaunch along with a litany of other talent from the original series run. Well worry not, because Badalamenti is back, and he’s back at work in this new teaser for the show.  (more…)