Scott OT #39: The Day Thread Looks at Twin Peaks (2/2)

We’re continuing on with my look at the career of David Lynch, this time looking at his TV series Twin Peaks and the resulting movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

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Twin Peaks revolves around the murder of Laura Palmer (played by Sheryl Lee), a seemingly innocent high school student. Leading the investigation is FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan).

Kyle MacLachlan As Special Agent Cooper

One of the things that helped make Twin Peaks a huge hit was its wonderfully eccentric supporting cast, with The Log Lady (Catherine E. Coulson) being the clear favorite.

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Alas, ABC meddled with Season 2. They demanded that Lynch reveal who killed Laura Palmer, which he hadn’t planned on doing. After that plotline was wrapped up, the show meandered horribly with some embarrassing plotlines.

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(the lowpoint)

Still, Season 2 wasn’t without merits. It had one of the first positive depictions of a transgender character with Denise (David Duchovny).

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And it completely stuck the landing of the season/original series.

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A year after Twin Peaks ended its original run, a movie follow-up directed by Lynch was released. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me was widely reviled when it was first release (it was booed at the Cannes Film Festival) but time has been kind to it. The movie mostly follows Laura on the last day of her life. Sheryl Lee is just amazing in it, the whole movie is worth watching just for her alone.

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Hope you all have fun posting here today and have a great day. Next time, I’ll be covering Lost Highway and The Straight Story.

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