Okay, it’s getting down to the wire here. Three days away to the premiere. So I’m kicking it up a notch! Michael Re-Watches Twin Peaks…turbo edition! [Read more…]
Confession time: When he was showing the series to me, Nick made a joke that I have since stolen and used each and every time I showed it to someone else. When Jean Renault is shot and collapses dead on the floor of Dead Dog Farm, Nick joked, “Next episode, Pierre Renault shows up! ‘You keel mah three brothers…”
So, there it is.
Four more days until the revival premieres, so let’s get this one going! [Read more…]
In this stretch of the second season, my memories of my original viewing are quite thin at this point. The only thing I think I remember is Nick having a minor thing for the widow Milford.
I do have this to share, however: When Ben is talking to Bobby, he asks him what’s the first question that comes to mind when looking up at a skyscraper. Ben’s answer: “Who’s on the top floor?” My own internal answer to that question–and hey, looks like I do remember a little more from the first time!–has always been, “Who built it?” Since then, that question has always struck me as being a good one for fleshing out a character. How would they answer such a question? How would Daenerys Targaryen answer it? Jean Valjean? Captain Kirk? I deliberately used this one myself in A Shadow in the Flames when Michael Flynn is looking up at a skyscraper. (The question was only implied, as I was writing from his point of view at the time, but it was on my mind. And how much do I wish lately that I’d named that character something else?)
But hey, this post is about Twin Peaks, huh? [Read more…]
As much as I
dislike loathe the rest of James Hurley’s story for the rest of the season, I admit I still get a kick out of this episode’s long opening shot of him just riding his bike. Since my first ever viewing, I’ve always found myself grinning, possibly just from the sheer length of the scene. It goes on…and on…riding from a standard TV moment into something that stretches toward absurdity.
You know, I’d have loved it if the only thing the show did with James for the rest of the season was to just cut back to him riding on various roads like this for 30 seconds or so, using the exact same music each time, before cutting back to events back in Twin Peaks. Wouldn’t that have been awesome? Or at least, ya know, preferable? [Read more…]
It was at this point in my virgin viewing that Nick told me that the series is going to take a dip in quality for a little bit. “We have to wade through some crap to get back to the good stuff.” (I’m paraphrasing. I don’t have an eidedic memory.) He was right. So in the interest of moving through the episodes quickly until the series finds its legs again, these posts are going to be more hurried than usual. The plan is to only really show the important stuff, with occasional mention of the other silly/terrible plot lines going on.
Seeing as it’s now Monday, May 15th as I write this and there is now less than a week(!!!!) before the revival’s premiere, this will also help me get it all done in time. [Read more…]
Honestly, the only thing I really remember about my first time watching this episode was that I was really sorry to see a certain character go. I don’t want to name that character here, as the first few lines of these posts can show up in previews on Facebook and Twitter and such, so I don’t want to inadvertently spoil anyone. It’s the character who gets a head wound, and gets to hear the Tibetan Book of the Dead. [Read more…]
My memory of this episode comes not from my original viewing, but one or two viewings later. Among the couple of people to whom I was showing the series to at the time was one woman who loved musicals, and absolutely loved Oklahoma. (The musical, not the state. Though maybe she loved the state as well. I never thought to ask.) She got very miffed at me for showing her something that forever sullied the song, “Surrey with the Fringe on Top.”
I have no regrets. 😀 [Read more…]