Twin Peaks - Season 2
Season 2 of Twin Peaks picks up on the cliff-hanger of Season 1, taking us through the resolution of Laura Palmer's murder, and delving deeper into the lore of this mysterious town.

Reading up on Wikipedia about the rise and fall of this show, there is mentioned a sort of unraveling of the story during its second season. Pressure on Lynch to resolve the murder, a premature ending followed by a petition-inducing 6 more episodes, and supposedly obscure sub-plots all led to a decline in viewer ship and an ultimate cancellation. Adam and I were very concerned that this season would not only not live up to the greatness of its brilliant first season, but that due to its cancellation we'd have a great build-up and no payoff. What we found was one of the most complete, engaging, and mind-jarring seasons of television ever made. A great setup, an amazingly original delivery, and a perfect season-completing cliffhanger, all made it easily one of the greatest chapters of story telling I've ever seen.

While Season two could be considered somewhat disjointed as far as typical story arcs go, it did an amazing job of unpeeling new layers of mystery and depths. Halfway through, Laura Palmer's murder is solved, as part of one of the most amazing (and shocking) 45 minutes of television I have ever seen. While seemingly stumbling around for a few following episodes, it quickly hops back on the rails of Lynch's ever improvised and deeply engaging greater story of the fictitious town of Twin Peaks. We continue on to explore this "something in the woods", the hauntingly approaching Black Lodge, and an all-stakes chess match between Cooper and his would-be mentor/killer. It all culminates with an incredible finale directed by Lynch, and brilliantly ends the greatest chapter of an unfinished masterpiece.

I have to take a minute to compare Twin Peaks to LOST (or should I say LOST to Twin Peaks?). So similar in their various levels of mystery and existential exploration, the core elements of the stories are strikingly similar. Both have a variety of cast-members, each with their own stories and levels of involvement. And while LOST does a more seamless job of developing and integrating each character into the story (for the most part - I'm looking at you Nikki and Paulo), Twin Peaks in my opinion has the single greatest tv character in Agent Dale Cooper. Chess games, a struggle for power and supernatural undertones run deep in each show. And while LOST explores a wider gamut of themes (faith/science, fate/will, etc), Twin Peaks focuses its existential light more intensely on a surreal and engaging battle of Good vs Evil. Impossible to say one is better than the other since Twin Peaks will remain unfinished, but I would say if it was in production today it would run neck-and-neck with our favorite Losties.

It is very unfortunate, tragic actually, that the vision of this show was never able to be completed (Imagine LOST ending after season 2). And while we have yet to see the sequel/prequel, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me", the journey for us seems over...

...however I will anxiously await 2015
Reviewed by: paul
7 Comment(s)
Shea said...
Can't wait to pick this up when I get back!... I can hear Andy's mouth watering from hear.
Andy said...
I was excited to hear that I hadn't finished season 1 like I thought. But there is actually a whole nother disc to devour. I look forward to season 2 and to finally find out what this Black Lodge is I've been hearing about for the last 8 years.

And just the picture of that creepy midget sends shivers up my spine. I imagine him living in my crawl space or ...oh god...the attic!
Shea said...
... eating your discarded fish heads no doubt.
* (asterisk) (http://suchastheyare.blogspot.com) said...
Ah, Fire Walk With Me... I look forward to your review of that. So, was this the first ever viewing of Twin Peaks for you, Paul? I'm on my fourth viewing right now (tho on a bit of a hiatus).
Paul said...
* (asterisk), yes this was the first time I have ever seen it. Shea and I had been talking about getting this show for about five years. I finally convinced Adam to watch it with me over the last month or so, and we were blown away. I'm sorry that you don't like LOST, I'd put it right up with it as the two greatest shows ever.

Did you like Fire Walk with Me? We've heard a lot of negative criticism, such as receiving boos when it was first screened.
* (asterisk) said...
Paul, I love FWWM. And I think it has been reassessed in the 15 years as something of a horror classic. I've told Shea this story before, but I actually saw FWWM before seeing any TP episodes, and it was still amazing and, incredibly enough, stood up perfectly well on its own. There are so many wonderful scenes in it, and great scary Lynch moments. I envy you your virgin viewing! Enjoy.

(FYI, I give FWWM 91 points out of 100.)
Shea said...
Just finished it...

Thanks to David Lynch... I will forever be with Dale Cooper in the black lodge.