Thursday, June 12, 2008

Good Coffee and Cherry Pie

It was April of 1990 and after a lot of build up from ABC, I sat rapt in front of the television to watch the two hour pilot episode of Twin Peaks. It was the coolest television series I'd ever seen. The first season was amazing. Unfortunately, the identity of Laura Palmer's killer was revealed, David Lynch and the network had issues, the second season floundered and the series was canceled.

But now, thanks to the magic of Amazon one-click, I've got the entire series back. I didn't need more distractions and I will undoubtedly be staying up much too late for the next few nights watching, but I don't care. I loved these characters and this series.

Scott, on the other hand, didn't like Twin Peaks, so I'll be watching solo.

How about you? Twin Peaks fan or no?

18 comments:

Sustenance Scout said...

Add me to the dorky never-saw-a-Twin-Peaks-episode-my-entire-life column... Enjoy! K.

Lisa said...

As I recall, when the series was on the world was divided into a Twin Peaks quasi-cult following (guilty) and people who thought it was bizarre and completely "out there". I've always been a big fan of "out there" -- no surprise there :)

steve said...

I'm in the same boat as Karen--never saw it. It seems to be common enough that two people in love have different tastes in entertainment. Kathleen and I both loved Monty Python, but I hated Fawlty Towers. She loved it. Right now, she's heavily into anime (Naruto, anyone?), while I really don't appreciate it. OK, I really liked Spirited Away.

Rob in Denver said...

Nice set, ain't it? I got it for Mrs. Novels for Christmas 2007.

Barrie said...

I'm not a Twin Peaks fan, per se. But...I am a fan of buying an entire of season of a TV on DVD. Love that! I just bought The New Adventures of Old Christine (first season). :)

debra said...

Add me to the "I have never seen it" list. I must admit that some would say that I am "out there," though...

Larramie said...

You've probably guessed I watched it, Lisa, and loved the beginning. Then it became too weird and, having figured out the killer's identity from the outset, I stayed with the show to the end but without much interest.

Btw, it's summer, why not indulge? ;)

Lana Gramlich said...

I must admit that I've still never watched the whole movie & I've never watched the TV show at all. I tend to avoid shows that expect me to follow along throughout the seasons. Miss one or two shows & you're just too out of the loop. I don't like to make that kind of committment to a TV, y'know?

Günter said...
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Günter said...

When I was a kid my family would gather in the living room when Twin Peaks was on and watch together. My sister and I were terrified of Bob, the show's spectral villain; whenever he appeared onscreen we'd watch from behind just-parted fingers. In spite of, or more likely because of, the more disturbing/surreal parts of Twin Peaks, I couldn't stay away, even as I hid behind my dad's rocking chair.

Watching the show as an adult I'm surprised I wasn't more put off by the sweet lovin' in every scene: Donna kissing James, James kissing Evelyn, Norma kissing Ed, Ed kissing Nadine, Nadine kissing Mike, Bobby kissing Shelly, Shelly kissing Gordon (!), the camera always lingering for just a few seconds longer than seems normal.

It does hold up, at least for me - though admittedly I'm apt to be forgiving based on simple nostalgia. I'd say I've watched Twin Peaks all the way through probably ten times.

Full disclosure: I have a framed copy of the iconic Laura Palmer photo hung in my apartment.

Travis Erwin said...

I never caught the show.

Lisa said...

Steve, I'm with Kathleen on the Fawlty Towers, but not on the anime. I think my son Josh likes it, and I can't even say I don't like it because I've never watched, but it doesn't seem like something I'd like. The only animated movies I've seen in the last decade that I was crazy about were "Waking Life" and "Triplets of Belleville". The first is nothing but dialogue and the second doesn't have any -- go figure.

Rob, Aha! Now that doesn't surprise me one bit. How is Mrs. Novels feeling? I hope so far, so good :))

Barrie, See? Now I have no idea what that show is. But I've become a huge fan of either renting or buying entire seasons of TV shows on DVD. I can't seem to commit to watching something every week (or maybe the truth is that I can't seem to remember to watch) and I can't tolerate commercials anymore. A couple of years ago, I was in New Hampshire and Scott was in Colorado for about a month and I started renting TV series and I was hooked. I loved not having to wait to see the next episode.

Debra, Somehow I have a feeling you might have liked Twin Peaks.

Lana, I know exactly what you mean. I've never been very good about following TV shows -- which is why I love being able to watch them on DVD or see them "on demand" on cable.

Gunter, I LOVE that image of you and your sister watching "from behind just-parted fingers". I think Bob might have given me a nightmare or two back then.

Yes -- watching them over again there are two things that get me a little. One is that pretty much everybody in town is cheating on someone or at least hooked up with someone. And I remember the other one back when the series was first on -- which was that the actors that played high school kids all looked and acted way too old to be high school kids. But I forgave them then and I forgive them now. I just love Special Agent Dale Cooper, the entire Twin Peaks Police Department, The Log Lady...etc...etc too much not to overlook a few things. I'm sure some of it is nostalgia because it really was the first series like this. I think it paved the way for a lot of other shows that incorporated mystery and quirkiness. "Lost" immediately comes to mind.

The idea of the Laura photo hanging in your apartment brought a big smile to my face :)

Travis, I think you are probably in the majority.

Sustenance Scout said...

I'd hide in the livingroom and watch Columbo without my older brothers knowing I was in the room; definitely a show that gave me nightmares!

I'm with Barrie on the New Adventures of Old Christine. Hysterical!

Lisa said...

Karen, Columbo was scary? Hmm -- interesting. I'll have to give that some thought. "Night Gallery" was the one I loved to be scared of :)

The Electric Orchid Hunter said...

I was a bit too young to have followed it back in the day, but perhaps I'll follow your example and get the discs. I've got Lost Highway here at the moment, and plan on watching that tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. Have you seen Rabbits? It's totally bizarre, a mix of comforting and unsettling, like the best of your worst fever dreams.

Sustenance Scout said...

Lisa, the fact I was scared out of my wits by Columbo episodes just goes to show what a wimp I am. Then again, I think I was nine at the time. :)

Lisa said...

Orchid Hunter, If you want to check it out, I'd try to get ahold of the pilot episode to see what you think. As Gunter has noted, there are elements that require indulgence and if you're not already a little nostalgic about it or forgiving of the fact that it was television in 1990, you might not like it. It's too bad you're not closer by because I'd let you borrow mine. Lost Highway was SO WEIRD! I've got Blue Velvet and I liked it and I liked Mulholland Drive. I've always meant to rewatch Lost Highway though because it was a little too disjointed even for me. I've not seen Rabbits, but I'll have to check it out...

Karen, You're too cute :)

Yellow said...

I bought my hubby Blue Velvet as a birthday gift years back, but it's way too scary and disturbed for me to watch. Visual images can easily overwhelm me. I went to see Bram Stokers Dracula at the cinema and had to leave when he started licking his cutthroat razer. But I bought it to watch in the safetly of my own home as soon as it came out. I was too young to be 'allowed' to watch Twin Peaks when it came out, but I remember my older sister raving about it.
Hubby and I have been hiring tv series to watch at home. Rome, Deadwood, early 24, and we got into Lost that way. That reminds me, I must get series 2 of Deadwood. It's even got my hubby's favorite little weirdo in it.
Lisa, if you liked Twin Peaks & the like I bet you liked Repo Man too.

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