Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Who killed Laura Palmer?
That’s the key question behind David Lynch’s 1990-91 series, “Twin Peaks”. That early series is available for streaming (free on Hulu). Recently, in 2017, Lynch wrote and produced a brand new “Twin Peaks” series (available also on streaming media).
Always, David Lynch has been a highly-admired and controversial artist who’s made excellent classic, highly praised films. He’s also created works that, while admired are thought confusing and verging on the edge of frightening. I remember watching his beautifully-designed film, “Blue Velvet”, in which suddenly and out of the blue a detective lifts from the grass a human ear. That single activity which shocked viewers wasn’t again referenced directly in the film. It was a caution to the audience that next anything might happen.
In the early 90s and tuning into “Twin Peaks”, I practiced a viewing caution learned earlier from Lynch works. Maybe that’s what preventing my “getting into” the series, failing to understand it, and soon, to quit watching. To be sure, the series received accolades for creativity and execution. But for me, Lynch and “Twin Peaks” became history.
Fast forward, to recent times and Corvid-19, and our many days of self-isolating. Time spent alone in confined spaces may force many of us to self-search and try to identify our core interests. Those who pursue deep interests may have a satisfaction of finding more and maybe better entertainment. It’s that searching that’s helped me to cope through this period.
My reading and watching habits are changing. I’ve more interests in the experiences and viewpoints of international authors. I’m feeling more connections to the film and video arts, from watching, thinking, and evaluating during viewings. All this is to introduce that I’m now re-watching the original “Twin Peaks”. This time, loving it.
What in 1990 seemed quirky, innovative, and frightening, have evolved as norms in the maturing film arts. Now, thirty years later, “Twin Peaks”, seems an entertaining mystery, not frightening nor stressful, as to why this or that bit pops-up and its significance to the story. The series keeps me thinking, but broader expectations and perceptions make me more tolerate of film stories with unexpected flows.
While still housebound, I’m planning to work through the original “Twin Peaks” and then will explore the renewed 2017 series. It’ll be interesting to assess how time and experience might have affected David Lynch’s perceptions and talents.
And I’ll be entertained.
Dear Friends: Are you discovering in self-isolation new or renewed pleasures? Diana