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Twin Peaks: Episode Eight Review

Posted by therebelprince on August 6, 2009


“It’s not so bad as long as you can keep the fear from your mind.”

– Dale Cooper, echoing the series.

Well, well, well. It was nineteen years ago – September 30, 1990 – when, after the arduous hiatus, the world finally returned to Twin Peaks with the second season premiere. Mark Frost and David Lynch held us all in the palm of their hand and they could do whatever they wanted. As it turned out, they did just that – and within months the watercooler show of the decade was languishing at the very bottom of the Nielsen ratings. How they achieved this dubious honour is something we’ll explore in the next few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: Episode Seven Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 31, 2009

“One can never answer questions at the wrong moment. Life, like music, has a rhythm.”

– The Log Lady’s Introduction

This week on Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost surprise the fans by not actually revealing anything. It’s also the last week that Twin Peaks will even vaguely resemble normal television, so sit back and pay attention. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: Episode Five Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 24, 2009

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Welcome back to the Twin Peaks Retrospective reviews.

“It’ll take them a day or so to reset their biological clocks.”

“Hope the herring holds out.”

– Cooper and Trudy, the waitress

With this episode, all the pieces are in place for the remainder of the season, and we neatly divide our time between Twin Peaks residents’ subplots and the diverging investigations into Laura Palmer’s death. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: Episode Four Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 20, 2009

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Welcome back to our Twin Peaks retrospective reviews. This week, we review “Episode Four”, known internationally as “The One-Armed Man”.

 

Darling, one crosses the border into arson cautiously or not at all. When the mill goes up in smoke, the headline we’re after is “Josie Packard torches bankrupt mill in insurance fraud”. Not “Giant Weinie Roast in the Woods”.

– Benjamin Horne

 

This week, we get a lot of plot and intrigue, but very little in the way of classic Twin Peaks, written and directed by newcomers Robert Engels and Tim Hunter respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: Episode Three Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 19, 2009


Welcome back as we continue our retrospective look at Twin Peaks.  “Episode Three”, or “Rest in Pain”, is the fourth straight pitch-perfect episode of the series. No wonder it had so much to live up to late in the piece.


“Everybody knew she was in trouble, but we didn’t do anything. All you good people… you wanna know who killed Laura? You did. We all did! And pretty words aren’t gonna bring her back, man, so save your prayers. She would’ve laughed at them anyway.”

– Bobby Briggs

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Twin Peaks: Episode Two Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 17, 2009


Welcome back to the next installment of our Twin Peaks reviews: “Episode Two”, or “Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer” if you believe in these faux European titles!

Where to begin? Well, for starters: forget the dream sequence! This episode’s opening dinner scene is possibly my favourite. The four Hornes (with Johnny now played by Robert Bauer) sit in strained silence around the dinner table for the entire duration of the opening credits, only to be interrupted by the arrival of Ben’s brother Jerry (David Patrick Kelly), who is met with mixed reactions. (Disgruntled silence from his niece, a cold “Benjamin!” from his sister-in-law, and annoyance turning to childish glee on the part of his beloved brother).

Ben: Leland’s daughter was murdered, and the Norwegians left.
Jerry: Did they sign?
Ben: No.
Jerry: We had those Vikings by the horns!… What happened?
Ben: We’r enot 100% sure; they took their translator with them.
Jerry: Did you say Leland’s daughter was murdered?
Ben: Yes.
Jerry: I’m depressed.

Ben: Leland’s daughter was murdered, and the Norwegians left.

Jerry: Did they sign?

Ben: No.

Jerry: We had those Vikings by the horns!… What happened?

Ben: We’re not 100% sure; they took their translator with them.

Jerry: Did you say Leland’s daughter was murdered?

Ben: Yes.

Jerry: I’m depressed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: Episode One

Posted by therebelprince on July 16, 2009

We join season 1 of Twin Peaks as it hits the ground running, on the heels of the magnificent pilot episode. “Episode One” (known in Europe as “Traces to Nowhere”) is another winner.



“It’s like I’m having the most beautiful dream and the most terrible nightmare all at once.”

– Donna Hayward, summing up the entire series.

(Right: Grace Zabriskie as Sarah Palmer)

The plot: Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: The Pilot Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 14, 2009

Alright, over the next few months (optimistically), I’m going to be reviewing David Lynch‘s seminal television masterpiece Twin Peaks on an episode-by-episode basis, focussing partly on a recap of the show, partly on an analysis of the episode as part of the whole, and a little on my own miscellaneous thoughts about the production. I’d love to hear comments from fans, critics or other reviewers about my opinions, and also any recommendations for good websites!


(In fact, here’s one now: Keith Phipps‘ reviews over at The A.V. Club, which I hope to live to.)

So to begin, of course, we turn to those two hours that revolutionised television on that quiet night in April 1990: the Twin Peaks pilot. Read the rest of this entry »

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