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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 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 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 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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