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Twin Peaks: Episode Nine Review

Posted by therebelprince on August 15, 2009


“Where does creamed corn figure into the workings of the universe? What really *is* creamed corn? Is it a symbol for something else?”

– The Log Lady’s Introduction

This week on Twin Peaks, plenty of clues and exposition, as well as some genuine weirdness; in fact, it feels like we’re still in season one.

(Now’s the time to point out that I’ll be pretty fast and loose with plot details about the series from here on: if you haven’t watched the rest of the show, think twice about reading further!)

The pressure of the networks, the critics and the audiences had prevailed, and David Lynch and Mark Frost relucantly began the march toward the revelation of Laura’s killer. It’s actually confirmed in this episode, but the audience weren’t to know that… 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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Gilmore Girls: Second Season Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 30, 2009


Welcome back to the second in my Gilmore Girls retrospective season-long reviews. In its second season, Gilmore Girls really refines its style and there is little to fault here. I apologise if I’m sycophantically positive, but I promise that I will fully cover the confusion and occasional lameness that beset the show in its old age, when we reach them! Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: Episode Six Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 29, 2009


” I feel like I’m going to dream tonight” – Laura Palmer


 

As it neared the end of its phenomenal first seasonTwin Peaks oscillated between the steady, plot-progressing hand of Mark Frost, and the abstract and ambiguous 1950s-looking world of David Lynch. It was this combination that allowed it to remain critically successful and yet attract the entire world as an audience, but also the fragile balance that would lead to audience dissatisfaction and quick cancellation. This is the last episode that really pretends Twin Peaks is your standard suspense-fuelled mystery, and every scene purports to be related to Laura Palmer’s death. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks: Episode Five Review

Posted by therebelprince on July 24, 2009

Coop
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: 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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