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I’m Going to Rave About Twin Peaks Now

I'm Going to Rave About Twin Peaks NowWhen Twin Peaks first aired in 1990, it was a revelation. For one thing, it was my first experience of true, out-and-out geekery. I kept a journal with quotes from the show. I talked about it with my very few friends at school. I was a weird kid and it was a weird show and somehow it made me feel like I belonged. Like there’s a place in this world for weird people to do weird shit and for enough people to enjoy it that it gets to keep going.

After watching the whole series again on DVD this month, I love it even more. It is, in fact, now safely situated among my all-time favourite television shows. And today, David Lynch’s tweet pointed me to this article in the Guardian about the show.

Twin Peaks is terrifying. That’s hard to find even in a cable show these days. In fact, I don’t think any character has ever scared me as much as Leo Johnson scared me. (Yeah, I found Leo far scarier than Bob. And I found Bob scary, too.) And let’s ponder for a moment how the part of the weird show that was the most disturbing was the part that had absolutely nothing to do with forward-backward-talking midgets or owls not being what they seem or creepy apparitions that kill people. The most frightening part was the one about wife beating. Which, frankly, is the way it should be.

The ensemble cast in Twin Peaks is damn near perfect. Each character is believable, with their own past and motivations, and yet the community as a whole is just damn strange.

The score is about as iconic as any number of other memorable aspects of the show. As a teenager I used to listen to the cassette tape in my walkman on the bus to school. It was the soundtrack to my weird adolescence.

And the friendship between Special Agent Dale Cooper and Sheriff Harry S. Truman is about the most healthy, beautiful male friendship I’ve ever seen portrayed on TV.

Yeah, there were a few episodes in the middle of the second season where everything seemed to go off the rails a little, but then they zeroed in on the Windom Earle arc, and all was back to creepy, creepy normal.

Did you watch the show when it first aired? Have you seen it recently? If not, you should. Soon.

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I watched it in college (about 1996ish)… my roommate & I were obsessed with it, and we made lists of who at our college would be cast as who in the show… ha ha! I can't remember who I was (Norma, I think), but my roommate had to be Audrey. Drama queen.

Ann Marie

OMG-weird karma. I was just thinking about Twin Peaks today. Happens that Kyle McLachlan will be advocating for the arts in DC when we are there in a few weeks. Thinking that they younguns I am with will only know him from Desperate Housewives…such a shame!!!

lauren

Oh dear God I could not agree more. I love every minute of that show. And while it was Bob's face that kept me up at night, a lot of those Leo scenes really made me feel like I was going to have a heart attack!

futuregirl

I tried to watch it when it was on originally, but I worked at a restaurant and usually was scheduled for Saturday night. I remember being THRILLED when I'd get a chance to see it. My husband had it on video when we met. When we moved in together we watched an episode (or two!) during dinner every night until we got through the entire run. Every couple of years, we watch it again. Oh, man, how we love that show! And, we've also done this with Moonlighting (which I watched originally) and Miami Vice (which I'd never seen, but now love). And, Harper's Island rocked, too.

blondechicken

I started watching it last year, but watched it too late at night and ended up falling asleep during the first few discs so often that I gave it up!
Now I'm feeling inspired to add it back to my queue and start it up again! (after finishing West Wing and Dollhouse).

jenny

I watched Twin Peaks for the first time a few years ago, and fell in love from the very first scene. It's funny to become a fan so late in the game because I kept going around trying to talk about it with people, and of course they weren't excited about it like they had just seen it for the first time, so I was googling and reading discussion threads from like 96. That episode, where they reveal Laura's killer, always makes me sad because it feels like such a break from what the show was actually like. Like reading fan fiction where the writer has some character you know and love do something they would never do. My last re-watch of the show, I just stopped there. But the Windom Earle arc does pick back up, you're right, so maybe on rewatching I'll keep going past that episode where everything is weird.

jenny

I watched Twin Peaks for the first time a few years ago, and fell in love from the very first scene. It's funny to become a fan so late in the game because I kept going around trying to talk about it with people, and of course they weren't excited about it like they had just seen it for the first time, so I was googling and reading discussion threads from like 96. That episode, where they reveal Laura's killer, always makes me sad because it feels like such a break from what the show was actually like. Like reading fan fiction where the writer has some character you know and love do something they would never do. My last re-watch of the show, I just stopped there. But the Windom Earle arc does pick back up, you're right, so maybe on rewatching I'll keep going past that episode where everything is weird.

Roberta

Just reading this and watching this –

– makes me want to frequent more diners that sell pie.

Roberta

Just reading this and watching this –

– makes me want to frequent more diners that sell pie.

Rox

Only just came across this post, and man did it make me smile. I was about 12 or so when Twin Peaks first came out, and back then my cousin and I thought that Agent Cooper was just about the coolest thing that ever walked the face of the earth. A friend of her dad used to tape it for us, and we would watch it in batches, like early series slumming. Then the soundtrack came out, and we had to have it… later when we were teenagers, the book came out and the movies too.

I loved it back then (even if much of it went over my head), and last night when I finally got hold of the complete series box set, I fell in love all over again. The theme song, the weirdness, the warped humour… and Agent Cooper. If anything, he’s way cooler than I remembered!

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