Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"the owls are not what they seem"

The Prom Queen.

The Dwarf.

The Log Lady.

The Sherrif.

The Giant.

The Biker.

The Psychopathic Trucker.

The FBI Agent.


The terrifying cosmic struggle between supernatural good and evil.

Remember life before the X-Files?

Twin Peaks.

I have to say, I'd forgotten most of this show, except that it was possibly the strangest, and at times one of the most frightening things ever to appear on TV.

Very very slow pace, interspersed with the occasional shocked and perplexed laugh, gruesome murder, and absurdist surrealism.


Anonymous said...

Once I realised that it was a send-up of soap operas in general, I really enjoyed it. Right up until its horrible, diabolical ending, which was like a foretaste of Hell.

Anonymous said...

When it debuted, I was still a leftist. The group I belonged to loved the show.

One of the smarter members of ACT for Disarmament, a fellow poet named Maggie Helwig, made a point about it after the third or fourth episode that I'll never forget, because it humbled me and started to change my mind about Things:

"Have you noticed that all of us reflexively giggle and groan when an authority figure on the show speaks: the FBI agent, the sheriff and esp. the retired navy officer. But have you also noticed that they are the GOOD guys on the show; its the beautiful hip young people who are the BAD guys..."

Anonymous said...

I love Twin Peaks, and just recently finished watching them all on DVD.

Even the film ("Fire Walk With Me") was good, although it has deeply problematic content which makes it impossible to recommend.

Anonymous said...

Of course, David Duchovny was on both Twin Peaks and X-files.


Mulier Fortis said...

Wow... that really takes me back some!

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Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

No anonymous posts.

and no unnecessary nasty about my friends, either.

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Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

we have this thing we like to call an "honour system" here.

Which means we don't do nasty.

Bye bye nasty.

Mark S. Abeln said...

Yet another television series of which I've never seen a single episode.

Instead, I watched documentaries shown on the U.S. publicly-funded network, PBS. Eventually I noticed that those shows were either relentlessly scientistic or were infected by esoteric or Masonic history. I finally gave up when they put on a documentary blaming the Christians for the burning of Nero's Rome and supporting the subsequent persecutions.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

TP is a bit of an acquired taste.

And there's not a lot about it that could be called "edifying".

But interesting...yah. It's got that.

Anonymous said...

Once upon a time, I loved Twin Peaks. I even bought a copy of LP's diary was grateful when the final movie came out - finally an answer.


Mulier Fortis said...

Goodness, Hilary... was the "nasty" about me?

Oh go on... do tell! Email me if you can't bring yourself to put it on the blog... I need a good laugh!

Zach said...

Ah, the good old days of "Twin Peaks" watching parties ... I had nearly forgotten.