Monday, April 20, 2015

#SaveTwinPeaks


In honor of today's Twin Peaks thunderclap I just wanted to share a few quick thoughts. Of course #SAVETWINPEAKS but more than that, aren't all of us Twin Peaks fans something? For years I loved this show in quiet obscurity, devoid of social media and digital instant everything. I often felt weird, perhaps fittingly so, for feeling so obsessed. However now, seeing how excited people are about this show, it feels like Twin Peaks was meant to come back. I'm thrilled at the fans outpouring to save Twin Peaks!

Years ago I went on a job interview and was interviewed by this woman who asked me what my favorite television show was. Of course I answered Twin Peaks. She looked at me funny and replied, "But that's so old!" I recall thinking that I instantly didn't like her, because to me a person who looks at art of the past and immediately dismisses it as a meaningless relic probably isn't a person I could relate to. Nonetheless I told her the show was timeless and nothing came of that job. 

Thinking of that makes it clearer that Twin Peaks truly is timeless and more alive now than ever. I think most fans agree that if David Lynch doesn't direct at least some of the new episodes, it won't be the same show. The hybrid of Mark Frost and David Lynch needs to be in tact for the show to capture the right magic. I don't have a subscription for Showtime and I was only going to get one to watch Twin Peaks. I could easily find episodes of their shows for free elsewhere, but I actually would pay to watch TP. If the network doesn't do right by the series I think they will miss out on an amazing opportunity to make a ton of money, not to mention amazing art.

Let's hope all this devotion pays off for all the actors, but especially for all the fans. We deserve to see Twin Peaks rise again!

I think Major Briggs has it right in the clip below. There is a time and for Twin Peaks it's right now! 


P.S. If you haven't already, sign the petition to save Twin Peaks here --- > SAVE TWIN PEAKS

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

25 Years Later - Happy Anniversary Twin Peaks!


On Sunday April 8th 1990 Twin Peaks debuted and forever changed the way TV was made. I was very young, but I can still remember sitting in my bedroom glued to the television and feeling completely entranced by what I was seeing. Thinking of it brings one of my favorite Hunter S. Thompson quotes to mind from Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, "We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."

Hunter was referring to the high of social and political changes in the 1960's, but I relate it to Twin Peaks because I remember TV of that time being so vanilla and formulaic. Shows like Murder She Wrote and Cagney and Lacey ruled our screens. TV movies of the week, often fluffy and righteous, were supposed to entertain us. Talk shows and soap operas dominated daytime. There was no internet! I think people were ready for something different, but perhaps not quite able to fully embrace the uniqueness that made Twin Peaks ahead of it's time. Within a few years everything changed and Twin Peaks was forgotten to all but it's loyal following. Fans knew it was special, but somehow it fell apart, time kept moving forward and TP seemed to be nothing more then a beautiful memory. That is until Netflix and the digital age brought Twin Peaks back and introduced it to a whole new crop of fans. Finally when the announcement was made in October 2014 that Twin Peaks was returning, TP fandom went platinum!

However with this past Sunday's news about David Lynch pulling out of the project, I think most TP fans are feeling a little raw. Everything was looking so positive but now who knows? Maybe it was never truly meant to be or maybe it can be resolved and continue as planned. Time will tell. I wrote a post this past fall called Will the Internet Kill Twin Peaks, in which I discussed the possibility that the hype of TP returning could end up ruining it in someway. However maybe now we can use that hype to save it. If fans put enough pressure on Showtime it might have an influence on the final outcome. I think if David Lynch doesn't direct the new episodes it just won't be the same. Much like finding the entrances to the White & Black lodges, if things happen at the right point in time a door can be opened!

Long Live Twin Peaks!

You can sign the Save Twin Peaks Petition here ---Sign!!!

Here are some interesting facts from April 1990 thanks to History Orb and Take Me Back

Historical Events

- "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances
- "Twin Peaks" premieres on ABC-TV
- 54th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278
- King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
- Kris Monaghan wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
- New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.
- Norwegian ferry Scandinavian Star catches fire; 159 people die

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Famous People that Died

Doreen Sloane: Dies of cancer
Jose De Vega: Dies of AIDS at 56
Ryan White: hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at age 18 (born 1971).

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