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I am off to a slow start trying to squeeze this into my already packed TV-watching schedule, but I am seriously interested in this so I am making an effort. I started on my lunch break yesterday, like I said I would, but the pilot is 1.5 hours so I only saw about half. That said, I am hooked!

I love the girls and their clothes and hairs and shoes and cigarette-smoking. It almost makes me miss high school, or some alternate reality high school where I was cool and tall and not all dorky.

I'll be honest, I literally knew nothing about this show, so I had no idea what to expect and I was not prepared for

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I was having a rough mood day and I thought a little light TV watching might help ease the funk. MY BAD.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting back into it and reading what you guys have to say cuz you** are a billion times better at pop cultural analysys than I am.



*(Do we need to do spoilers for a 24-year-old show? I'm going to say yes, because I am blessedly unbespoilt for this so far, but I won't be mad if we don't end up sticking with it.)

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When this show came on way back in the day I only ever caught the first episode and maybe, maybe one or two other episodes. Other than knowing that a lone FBI agent was investigating the murder of Laura Palmer, I remember nothing else that happens. I don't know the relationships between the town folk. I don't remember the allies and enemies. I don't remember how just about everyone was a suspect. The only other thing I know (but from people talking about it rather than first hand knowing) is that it got really weird.

When it was first available and everbody was all excited I rewatched the first episode again. It was and still is a great first episode of television. Now that I'm not distracted by being anxious about a trip I can properly focus on watching it again. I may even rewatch the first episode again again.

As a final also, the television show psych did a Twin Peaks themed episode that was totally on the mark and totally hilarious. I'm not saying you need to watch psych just for that episode, but psych is a p funny show. (For those that can stand it. It's not for everyone.)
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Default Re: Twin Peaks: some kind of watching party thrad or anything

I have never watched that but I actually did go to high school with Sherilyn Fenn, though I didn't know her. That makes it much more difficult to convince myself I wouldn't be completely ignored by/invisible to the characters.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:25 PM
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I didn't see most of it when it first aired, but I've watched it I think twice since then, and am just starting again.

I will try to be careful not to spoil big story arcs, and I don't ever remember details of anything, so I will be as surprised as anyone.
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I watched it when it aired but haven't seen it since. I want to re-watch it but don't know if I'm ready.
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Okay. Just rewatched again all of the pilot episode.

I'm trying to remember if anything on television was serial at the time. I can't remember anything. Most shows were still episodic, even hour long shows. The only serial stuff was miniseries. That's definitely something that was different about Twin Peaks.

The use of music was very interesting. Also very serial in nature. There's the sweeping romantic style music playing when people are talking about Laura Palmer. Then there's the up tempo jazzy stuff when Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) is vamping across the screen. I don't know what it means yet.

It's way too early to predict anything though I'm very suspicious about Shelley Johnson (Madchen Amick). If not her then certainly her husband.

I can already see a lot of the David Finch-ness of the project. Even though it's still very much mainstream at this point. Some of the characters are just that little bit odd. They do add to the feel of the town.
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I'm trying to remember if anything on television was serial at the time. I can't remember anything. Most shows were still episodic, even hour long shows. The only serial stuff was miniseries. That's definitely something that was different about Twin Peaks.
Soaps have been episodic since forever.

Plus Beverly Hills 90210 came out the same year, which was another evening drama about high school students. I could see how the one that got all weird didn't last while the banal one became wildly successful.
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We started on the weekend. Made cherry pie for the occasion.



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I'm trying to remember if anything on television was serial at the time. I can't remember anything. Most shows were still episodic, even hour long shows. The only serial stuff was miniseries.
Soap Operas. Which are a pretty big reference point for Twin Peaks. They even lampoon the influence with that soap that characters watch.
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GOD FINE OKAY I GET IT. SOAP OPERAS. WHATEVER.

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I need to watch this. One of Mr Curses' favorite series but I've never bothered.
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I don't remember liking Catherine Martell as much as I'm liking her now.

Maybe I've gained a new perspective on and appreciation for mean old ladies or maybe just because I can watch earlier episodes knowing later character development things or something, but she is pretty great.

Just being mean to Eraserhead all the time, and

S1, Episode 1



and then

S1, Episode 7



Also, this is really not a spoiler at all, but what the hell.

S1E5:

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HEY LOOK!

The Log Lady Intros, where the log lady would introduce each episode on the original airings, are on YouTube! They're not on Netflix or Hulu, but it looks like this is a bunch of them at least:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...0FC74B09FEC988
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Okay, been eyeing this on Netflix and never watched it back in the day. I'm in.
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Please, sit down. Would you like some lemonade? I also have some saltines and some apple butter. Or would you like to wash your hands?
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I just took a shower so my hands are still p. clean from that, no ebola.

Some water and saltines would be nice, thank you. Have you any Trader Joe's cookie butter?
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bey and I bingewatched Season 1 over the weekend.

I like it! I like it a lot! :thumbup:

I'm going crazy because I want to look stuff up on the wikipedia, but I don't want to spoil myself for season 2, so in the meantime I just have to use my own brains to think about stuff, which I hate! :shakefist:

I have heard this show compared to Lost with the asking more questions than it answers. I feel like it has done okay so far, but I know that is part of the benefit of binge-watching. Something that left viewers hanging for weeks or more in real time got solved in just a couple of hours for me.

For example:


I do have one beef, though.



Also my other beef is that it is way too hard for me to keep track of who is married to whom, and who is having an affair with whom. Plus all the fatherly white dudes look the same to me, as do all the brunette girls, so even when I know which characters are doing what to each other, I don't usually know who I am looking at on screen at any given time. Especially when they start putting on disguises, damnit!

*All spoilers are thru season 1 only.
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First: I can't believe we don't have a dedicated shakesteve smilie. CIMRINAL OVERSIGHT ITT.

Second, I'm shaking at you because I was going to really spread this out. Give you all the time to watch it. I was going to just watch, like, one episode a week because SOMEBODY said THEY WERE BUSY. But now?

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:shakebort: Dude that's the thing is I'm so fucking busy all the time that I had to take advantage of the weekend to bang some of this shit out. Plus with the cliffhangers and whatnot, that's the only way I have the patience which I specifically alluded to in my post.

I had to at least watch the season to uncover pea's ep 7 spoiler (which, I know, right?!!), but at 22 episodes it will probably take me until the show time show comes out in 2016 to finish.
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As a general and not spoiler observation, I think there's a vague impression out there that Lynch is just some weird guy who throws weird shit around to be weird, which is just not true.

He is actually one of the least sloppy storytellers out there. He doesn't throw stuff out just to fuck with you, so when he's fucking with you, he's doing it for a reason. Some of his movies you really have to watch a bunch of times before they start making sense, but they always end up at least mostly coming together. Which isn't to say that I totally understand everything, just that I trust that most of the things that seem to be loose ends or that otherwise don't fit a coherent storyline are just parts I'm still missing.

Twin Peaks was a little different, because it's not just his project and because it was a TV series with all the attendant things that interfere, like TV executives and ratings and stuff, but it is still not sloppy.

OK, so.

S2E2:

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Ha ha, oh, I guess I'm not done yet.

So one other thing about the show is that supposedly, Twin Peaks was originally imagined as more soap opera like, so that the Laura Palmer story would just be one of many stories in it. So imagine how much better the world could be today.

And I'm just gonna be stupid for a minute and post little clips because sometimes things are so good they make me itchy or something.

S2E3:



S2E6:

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It appears I have some serious catching up to do this week.
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Twin Peaks was a craze welcoming me to the United States freshman year in college. I watched one episode crammed in a basement rec room with like 60 people and remember exactly none of it. Maybe it's time I gave it a shot. If nothing else, I'll enjoy the Simpsons' multiple references to the show more.
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YESSSSS!!! :partyvan:

OK I'm going to try to slow down and little bit now so I won't be too far ahead.

I am just liking it even better this time around so I'm binging pretty hard.
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