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Posted: 5/14/17 at 9:24pm

One more week until the return of the best TV show ever! Who else is excited? I've been waiting 26 years for this, and I can't believe it's really happening. Even when it was on originally, I felt a breathless sense of unreality every time it would return from a break of weeks or months (especially that awful two-month wait between the penultimate episode and the finale), like I couldn't believe I got to watch another episode. It's nice to have that feeling back.

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Posted: 5/15/17 at 9:41am
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Posted: 5/15/17 at 11:23am

I am beyond excited for this. I didn't think it would ever happen. Just added Showtime to my Hulu subscription so I can watch.

Reading The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost to get ready.

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Posted: 5/15/17 at 12:35pm

I'll be getting Showtime just for this show, as well. I figured I'd get Amazon Prime and then add Showtime. I didn't know Hulu had it, as well. That gives me another option (although either way I have to subscribe to a new streaming service, since I'm currently just using a friend's account for both of them).

I skimmed through Frost's book, but it looked kind of dull. It reminded of the guide to the town they published when the show was running. Is it worth reading?

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Posted: 5/15/17 at 1:44pm

I just picked it up yesterday so haven't read enough to know if it's worth it yet. 

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Posted: 5/16/17 at 12:50pm

One of my all time favorite shows! I've been waited 26 years for this. Beyond excited! Literally counting the seconds...

TWIN PEAKS COUNTDOWN

P.S. Showtime will be running all of the original episodes from seasons 1 and 2 back-to-back beginning Saturday night at 6PM EDT, leading up to the premiere of Twin Peaks: The Return on Sunday night at 9PM EDT. I'm devoting the entire weekend to it.

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Posted: 5/17/17 at 9:12am

I just finished rewatching the series on BluRay last night. I forgot how gloriously bonkers the finale was.

How the Hell Did David Lynch Get Away With the Twin Peaks Finale?

http://www.gq.com/story/david-lynch-twin-peaks-finale

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Posted: 5/17/17 at 12:43pm

I think the finale is the greatest thing that's ever been on television. Also one of the freakiest and scariest things I've ever seen. Those last three episodes are all brilliant, and more than made up for the terrible middle portion of season 2, with all that James crap.

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Posted: 5/17/17 at 12:51pm

Heh, didn't realize that the finale played opposite a rerun of Northern Exposure, the other great '90s show set in the Northwest, which filmed near where Twin Peaks was filmed and even did a blatant parody of it in one episode.

Incidentally, I did the whole Twin Peaks/Northern Exposure Washington tour many years back, and found that nothing from Twin Peaks looked the same in real life (except the waterfall), but everything from Northern Exposure looked exactly the same.

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Posted: 5/17/17 at 1:31pm

I think the episode where Maddie is murdered is one of the scariest/most disturbing things I've seen on TV to date. I'm still surprised it was even aired.

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Posted: 5/17/17 at 5:50pm

^ Totally agree. They mentioned that in the article, too. It's crazy they got away with that on network TV.

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Posted: 5/17/17 at 10:08pm

I remember when the original series aired. I had a friend who had a Nielsen box in his house...so his viewing choices were reported to the Nielsen Ratings. We loved the show so much that, even though it was just the two of us watching, we told the "box" there were 12 of us viewing. I think that was the maximum allowed...ha ha!

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Posted: 5/19/17 at 3:05pm

"I skimmed through Frost's book, but it looked kind of dull. It reminded of the guide to the town they published when the show was running. Is it worth reading?"

So the book is way more in depth than the Guide to Twin Peaks that was published during the show. It expands the story and I think I've already found some hints about what might be in the new season. I would recommend it if you're a fan.

Going to rewatch Fire Walk With Me this weekend.

The Maligned Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Is Better—and More Important—Than You Know

https://www.wired.com/2017/05/fire-walk-with-me-retrospective/

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Posted: 5/19/17 at 3:28pm

I love Fire Walk with Me. It's funny, I've rewatched the series so many times (including some all-night binge watches imposed by friends to whom I introduced the series, only to find that they couldn't stop watching) that I'm sick of it now, but I feel like I'll never get tired of FWWM. Especially all the Chris Isaak scenes.

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Posted: 5/19/17 at 3:31pm

Yeah I'm a big fan of the movie too. And the critical concensus about it seems to have shifted over the past few years. 

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 2:10am

Four episodes in, and I really don't know what to think. It's very different, not just from the original series but from anything I've ever experienced. It's like Lynch has finally lost it and descended into self-parody and general spoof, with a "see how many Fs I give" approach to narrative. I'm still watching, but man, this is baffling and frustrating.

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 8:44am

It's definitely different than anything I've seen on TV...broadcast or cable...and I couldn't be happier about that. It's pure, unfiltered Lynch. Disturbing, beautiful, haunting, terrifying, confounding, heartbreaking, and at times hilarious. 

I only watched the first two episodes, because I don't want to wait three weeks for episdoe 5 to air. But I'm loving it so far. It's going to be awhile before I can shake the image of Grace Zabriskie as Sarah Palmer sitting alone at home watching a nature documentary. Haven't seen much of the new cast yet but I think Matthew Lillard is doing a great job. 

It's a departure in tone from the original series, but it is over 25 years later and Lynch is no longer bound by any of the constraints of network television. So this feels more like one of his films instead of an early 90's television show. I'm glad it didn't go the route of the X-Files reboot and lean too heavily on the nostalgia button. It makes the glimpses of the "old Twin Peaks" that much more special. I loved the scene at the end of episode two at the Bang Bang bar.

I have no idea wihere these 18 episodes are going but I'm definitely going along for the ride.

‘Twin Peaks’ premiere is full of surprises, the biggest being how much fun it is

"If you gave David Lynch free rein to do whatever he wants on the TV screen for 18 hours, you might understandably brace yourself for the result to be either brilliant or excessively self-indulgent and perhaps even willfully inscrutable.

So the very good news about Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost’s revival of their cult classic supernatural mystery series “Twin Peaks” (four hours of which premiered Sunday on Showtime), is that it’s certainly watchable, visually delightful, sufficiently disturbing yet periodically funny and — yes — in moments, it can be brilliant.

There’s plenty here for serious fans to devour as well as those who just want to admire it for an episode or two and see if they get the hoopla. This new “Twin Peaks” comes with a little of that same sense of possibility that accompanied the original series’ 1990 premiere, a memorable event that inspired both viewers and producers to look at their televisions in a whole new way.

The new series could never replicate that influence, but Lynch and Frost have clearly been paying attention to the medium’s progress in the last two-and-a-half decades. The setup in Sunday’s two-hour premiere (followed by an early, on-demand release of episodes 3 and 4 for Showtime subscribers) offered a refreshingly linear and even disciplined set of plotlines as “Twin Peaks” demonstrated what seemed to be an admiring knowledge of the seediness and patience of “Breaking Bad,” the elegant oddness of “Fargo,” and an upgraded “Mad Men”-style eye for vivid color palettes beyond the piney gloom of its original locale."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/05/22/twin-peaks-premiere-is-full-of-surprises-the-biggest-being-how-much-fun-it-is/?utm_term=.7227794e6ae1

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 8:53am

Loving it! So glad that it's not a rehash of the original series. In the same way the original series was like nothing ever seen on television before in 1990-91, the new series is like nothing ever seen on television before now. Yes, it's confounding, confusing and disorienting. And that's exactly what Lynch intended it to be. The tone and pace is much more along the lines of his theatrical films, rather than the original series. This series is not really for Twin Peaks fans, most of which wasn't written or directed by Lynch. It's for David Lynch fans... and I'm loving every minute of it!

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 9:04am

Surprised to see it has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I love it but thought it would be way more divisive. 

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/twin_peaks/s03/

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 9:37am

I'm loving every twisted second of this.

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 10:57am

Two New “Twin Peaks” Soundtracks to Be Released

Featuring Chromatics, Angelo Badalamenti, and more to be revealed as the series continues

http://pitchfork.com/news/73691-two-new-twin-peaks-soundtracks-to-be-released/

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 11:25am

I don't even think it's like a David Lynch film. Fire Walk with Me was very much a Lynch film. This feels completely different even from that. At times it's closer to John Waters than David Lynch (especially that Michael Cera scene).

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 11:30am

Haven't seen the Michael Cere scene yet. But I do think there were campy scenes in FWWM. I'm thinking of the Laura Palmer "like a turkey in the corn" speech.

I feel like it has more in common with Muholland Drive, Lost Highway and Inland Empire than Twin Peaks.

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 11:49am

That "turkey in the corn" speech wasn't campy. Maybe slightly, but delivered with sincerity, like the usual Lynchian mix of irony and ingenuousness. This series has full-blown camp, more so than he's ever used before.

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Posted: 5/23/17 at 2:08pm

" Maybe slightly, but delivered with sincerity, like the usual Lynchian mix of irony and ingenuousness."

You're right about that. But I haven't seen anything so far that seems outside of the norm for Lynch. But I know a lot of people are talking about the Michael Cera scene so maybe I'll feel differently after I see it. But I'm limiting myself to one a week!