Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

DVD - 2017
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Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

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Keogh
Oct 11, 2018

As is usually the case for Lynch, very weird, but in a good way. You'll have to have seen the original series before this.

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alanpscott
Sep 03, 2018

Often lethargic, relatively humorless, and almost entirely meaningless if you haven't watched the original "Twin Peaks" series (and more than once, at that), I nevertheless viewed the whole "Limited Event" from 2017, and am ultimately glad I did. Lynch and Frost tie off many of the ends they left loose, although certainly not all of them (and several new ones get introduced late in the game).

Also, Lynch and Frost do something very interesting... we're used to seeing only young, beautiful people on-screen (especially in televised speculative fiction, as opposed to TV purporting to mimic reality). Even the original series featured mostly people in their teens and twenties. In the "Twin Peaks" return, though, many if not most of the characters are OLD... they're the same actors reprising their roles from twenty-five years ago, and they are wrinkled, white-haired, some even doddering. At least two of the actors passed away during production. This focus on older characters is a reasonable choice, but also a courageous and refreshing one, and it's fascinating to watch especially when placed in direct contrast to a recent viewing of the original.

The return series definitely has features that seem like flaws. It's from a cable channel, which means that it's free to show more gore and skin than the original series could get away with. The original Twin Peaks transcended its broadcast TV constraints; without that bar to excess, the return sometimes seems lazier. It takes its own sweet time, as well, both in individual scenes and across multi-episode arcs (Kyle McLachlan spends altogether too much time as a shambling, monosyllabic "Dougie Jones," for example - and apparently not one person considers the possibility that he's suffered a stroke?). The special effects are low-fidelity, unconvincing, maybe even intentionally cheesy, almost as if they're just intended as placeholders for the REAL effects that Lynch and Frost were unable to transmit directly from their minds to ours.

But in the end I did watch the whole damned thing, shaking my head all along but drawn in again to the world of Twin Peaks... and yeah, I'd probably watch the next one too, if I'm still around to, another twenty-five years down the line...

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lukasevansherman
Jun 06, 2018

David Lynch and Mark Frost's "Twin Peaks," which only ran for 2 seasons in the early 90s, is the strangest show to ever be on network television, as well as on of the most influential. The current landscape of complex, ambitious, novelistic, auteur driven television owes a huge debt to the series. So it was with great anticipation (and a little trepidation) that I sat down to watch the new series. If the original was a murder mystery with an air of surrealism and some weird edges, this one foregrounds the weirdness and might be the most bizarre TV show since the original. It's best to go in not knowing too much, but the show, for the most part, lovingly references the original while blazing some new, unsettling, and mindblowing paths. Much of the original cast, headed up by Kyle McLachlan, returns and the supporting cast is full of veterans from most of Lynch's movies, including Naomi Watts, Robert Forester, and, in one of his final roles, Harry Dean Stanton. There are also a lot of awesome musical guests. It has to be seen to be believed.

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jharrison124
May 17, 2018

Twin Peaks has transcended anything else on TV. This is more than episodic serial television, it is a visionary masterpiece in post-modern surrealism. David Lynch and Mark Frost, against all expectations, took Twin Peaks to another level. And fans of the original series are left to ask themselves..."Is this the story of the little girl who lived down the lane? Is it?"

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Palomino
Mar 29, 2018

Maybe some other day. I watched disc one and that's enough for now. I recognize some characters from the original, but it's not helping me comprehend anything! Good luck to the next guy on the waiting list :)

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ForrestGump
Mar 21, 2018

A must-see for Twin Peaks fans, in classic Lynch style, with most of the original cast returning - most to continue the story, and some just to see what happened to them. However, 18 episodes is perhaps a bit too many, as there are many drawn-out sequences that could have been trimmed - many long shots of people walking and driving when nothing happens (not a tight script). Also, there are several scenes that are just too dark (using realistic lighting) such that you cannot tell what is going on and thus miss subtle points. on the upside, there are a variety of bands appearing at the Bang bang Bar (the Roadhouse) to fit the mood of the episode. Story - good, technical - could have been better.

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MontMoroc
Mar 08, 2018

For the series- I watched it as it aired, and it was great. It is not a continuation, or even really a reboot... it’s an evolution. I can’t imagine that someone who hasn’t seen the old episodes would jump in at the start of this and enjoy it, however. I found my appreciation for this series expanded greatly upon a second viewing, and now I view this series as a masterpiece.
What an unexpected, terribly beautiful experience.

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BeausPerson
Feb 08, 2018

I didn't enjoy it as much as the original series. New characters are fun to watch, though.

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3rdwave
Jan 05, 2018

Definitely quirkier than the original Twin Peaks series, with much of the action taking place in South Dakota and Nevada. It is a wild ride from start to finish with moments of humour intermixed with the surrealism that is typical of a David Lynch production. It is bizarre and captivating all at the same time and has an ending that will truly shock the viewer.

JCLAmandaH Sep 01, 2017

I put this show off for years because its cult fame is intimidating, but it's very easy to watch and get sucked into. Anyone who likes the surreal, the campy, and the bizarre should see it; it's like a soap opera with lots of quirky humor, and then deepening creepiness as we learn how very twisted things are just below the surface. I lived in a fog of the soundtrack themes for days afterward, and couldn't escape a strange craving for donuts and coffee... Love it or hate it, this show is definitely an experience that will stick with you. (And be sure to watch the Log Lady intros to set the stage for maximum weirdness!)

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alanpscott
Sep 03, 2018

"...are there still places where no footprints can be found?"

--from "The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair," Special Features, disc 7

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britprincess1ajax
Feb 02, 2017

"Now you listen to me. While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchetman in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I'll gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method... is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman."

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britprincess1ajax
Feb 02, 2017

"Listen to me, Lucy Moran, you just listen. When the Tacoma Sperm Bank was looking for donors, naturally I applied. It's my civic duty and I like whales. A routine physical examination revealed that I'm sterile. Sure, I thought it meant that I didn't have to take a bath, but the doctors told me the truth. They told me I can't have babies. So what I wanna know now is why are you having one and how?"

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rtnikko
Jun 02, 2016

Dale Cooper: "Damn good coffee!" [repeated line]

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Monolith
Jul 12, 2013

The Log Lady (introduction): "There is a sadness in this world, for we are ignorant of many things. Yes, we are ignorant of many beautiful things... things like the truth. So sadness, in our ignorance, is very real. The tears are real. What is this thing called a tear? There are even tiny ducts, tear ducts, to produce these tears should the sadness occur. Then the day when the sadness comes... then we ask: "Will this sadness which makes me cry; will this sadness that makes me cry my heart out -- will it ever end?" The answer, of course, is yes! One day the sadness... will end."

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Monolith
Jul 12, 2013

FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: "...Cooper, this old fool is obstructing a criminal investigation. Cuff him!" Dr. Will Hayward: "He won't release Laura's body for the funeral. He's not human!" Sheriff Harry S. Truman: "What's the holdup?" FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: "Please, Cooper. I do not suffer fools, gladly, and fools with badges -- never. I want no interference from this hulking boob -- is that clear?" Sheriff Harry S. Truman: "I've had just about enough of your insults." FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield: "...Oh yeah? Well I've had about enough of, uh, morons and half wits; dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbbells... And you, chowder-head yokel; you blithering hayseed... You, you, you... You've had enough of me?" Sheriff Harry S. Truman: "Yes I have." (punches Albert in the face)

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Monolith
Jul 12, 2013

The Man From Another Place (talking backwards, subtitled): "Fire... walk... with... me..."

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