I remember watching the Twin Peaks pilot for the very first time and being totally enamoured by the strange juxtaposition of dark material colliding with absurd humour. When Laura Palmer’s body is discovered, dead, wrapped in plastic, it is an incredibly moving (and now iconic) moment. The tone is of great sadness and morbidity. But then Andy the deputy shows up to photograph the crime scene and bursts into sobbing tears and is berated by Sheriff Truman “Come on Andy. The same thing as last year at Mr Blodge’s barn.” Suddenly a moment of bizarre humour appears out of the darkness and throws you completely off guard! But that is the beauty of Twin Peaks – you find yourself crying with laughter one moment, and deeply troubled and disturbed the next.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
What Twin Peaks Means To Me & Welcome To My Blog!
Twin Peaks is a world I have been utterly enthralled by since I first discovered it as a 13 year old, many years after it's success in the early 90s. Right now Twin Peaks is receiving a much anticipated revival - something I never dreamed would happen. When I found out that after 25 years and many denied rumors it was really going to return, I felt like I needed a lie down and a little cry! I still cannot believe that we will be sitting down to watch brand new episodes continuing the story and with all of the original collaborators and many of the cast returning. But for those who are yet to discover Twin Peaks, the fascination and obsession with a TV show that aired before I was born and was then cancelled prematurely after only two seasons might seem strange...
I was introduced to it by my father, who watched it the first time round when it aired in 1989 (I was born in 1990). He had already screened Eraserhead, Wild At Heart and Blue Velvet for me and I was hooked on the Lynch universe so it seemed likely that I would enjoy Twin Peaks. I was probably 13 years old when I first watched it and I remember rushing home from school and begging that he would agree to watch 3 or 4 episodes in a go... (Note this was long before Netflix binge culture!) I couldn’t get enough of it. I would then introduce it to my friends, my younger sister, boyfriends, and anyone else who had not seen it. I loved re-visiting it with people who were watching it for the first time themselves and I was always slightly disappointed when they didn't respond to it the way I did! Later, I studied a 4 year long film degree at the University of St Andrews and wrote my dissertation on Lynch's work. Devoting an entire year to Lynch related research and writing was the highlight of my academic career.
Watching Twin Peaks, I instantly fell in love with the town, the characters, the mystery, the music, the humour and the darkness. The plots of all the different towns folk begin to unravel and take their own directions but the overarching death of Laura Palmer is always present. I see her in the trees, in the night sky, in the changing traffic lights at the crossroads, in the Roadhouse, in the waterfall by the Great Northern... Laura is surrounded by mythology, tragedy, romance and sorrow. I can’t say I relate to her, but I was completely transfixed by her. It felt as if she was a friend of mine and like the community of Twin Peaks, I had also failed to save her. I hear Julee Cruise’s haunting rendition of ‘Questions In A World of Blue’ and feel like I am mourning for Laura.
Twin Peaks is a place I will never become bored of. It is somewhere that will always be with me and will always remain a fascination and a masterpiece. It terrifies me and intrigues me and moves me. And it is just so bloody cool. The timeless 90s/50s/80s costumes, the quirky dialogue, the sexiness, the jazz music on the soundtrack, the obsession with coffee, the appreciation of Douglas Firs and the other worldly spirits. Twin Peaks has stood the test of time, still remains fresh and exciting and quite clearly set the ground work for all of the other incredible TV drama we watch today. Twin Peaks is my one true geeky, nerdy, fanatical obsession and this is my blog dedicated to it.