Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wayward Pines vs. Twin Peaks

Doppelgangers meet the Abbies!
I'm pretty much a complete nerd when it comes to Twin Peaks and have been since I was a kid. I never felt like I had to justify my fanhood in any way, I just love the show. As a Twin Peaks geek, I love to explore things that have been inspired by the series. I think that Twin Peaks and David Lynch's work in general offer a lot to draw from. It's a beautiful thing that so many artists, writers and creators of today have been influenced by Twin Peaks and all things Lynchian. Everything comes from somewhere and everyone is influenced by someone else. The news of David Lynch directing all the episodes in 2017 will no doubt create an outpouring of Twin Peaks mania for all to geek out about and feel inspired by.

Sometime back I picked up a copy of a book called Desert Places on a whim while shopping in the grocery store. I recall thinking the cover was creepy and took a chance. I ended up loving it and thinking the author, Blake Crouch, was a really terrific writer. I've since read several of his books and have continued to enjoy his work. So when I heard that he was a Twin Peaks fan and had written a series of books inspired by Twin Peaks, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. 

The series consists of three books: Pines, Wayward & The Last Town.  I've read all of them and absolutely loved them. The third, The Last Town, was my favorite, but all three are great. When it was announced that Wayward was being made into a television series I was excited to watch. If the series is even half as good as The Last Town, it will be terrific! Is it like Twin Peaks? Well...sort of. It is in the sense that the books are set in a mysterious town surrounded by woods. Otherwise the similarities are more exterior. Wayward is very much it's own entity. I also think it has more of a science fiction/horror feel to it rather than the surreal feel of Twin Peaks. It's also not as humorous as Twin Peaks. The Wayward books play more for thrills. 

With all of that said, I'm not much an M. Night Shyamalan fan. He does have talent, but his movies aren't my cup of tea. He's not Lynch, but no one is. Even with that said, despite my love for David Lynch, I don't love everything he's done either. Inland Empire turned me off and I don't care for Dune either. No director gets it's right every time. However when I heard Blake Crouch was heavily involved in the making of Wayward Pines, I felt that was really promising news for the TV series, despite M. Night's directing attachment. 

I've now watched the pilot of Wayward Pines on Fox. It felt a bit more like Lost at first, but I did find myself liking it. There are some differences from the books, but I'm willing to accept that because I realize the writer's have to make considerations for it to be a long running series. Whether or not it will work for the long haul is still unknown. Usually the books are better in these situations. However I'm intrigued enough to keep watching. There is no reason to compare it to Twin Peaks and make it a competition to see which is better. Twin Peaks will always be Twin Peaks. It stands in a league of it's own. So where Wayward Pines is concerned don't be a hater, think for yourself. Even if you don't watch the show, the books are definitely worth your time!

 Matt Dillon will always be my Drug Store Cowboy

Update 07/24/2015 - After having watched the entire series, I would rate Wayward Pines as a 7.5 out of 10. As a fan of the books, I didn't like some of the changes that were made, particularly the ending. Overall I did enjoy the series, despite some bad acting. Matt Dillon was great, but the forced kid/school plot, which wasn't in the books, ultimately turned me off. I still think it was worth watching though.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Twin Peaks Saved!

In case you missed the news, David Lynch announced last night that he will be directing the new episodes of Twin Peaks in 2016 afterall. It gets even better, because there will be more episodes than originally thought. Read here --- > David Lynch Confirms!

Twin Peaks fans around the world are no doubt enjoying some much deserved pie and coffee today. The collective rejoicing comes on the heals of an aggressive, but effective social media campaign on both the part of the actors and fans to save the show. I guess it pays to be relentless at times, doesn't it?

This sums up how I'm feeling today, how about you?
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

No News is Good News...Right?

Shhh, I'm on contract!
"Everyone is on the internet but they're not all talking with each other. There are groups upon groups out there, but they don't talk to one another. So while the internet brings everyone into a shared space, it does not necessarily bring them together."

David Lynch

It's been over a month since David Lynch announced that he was no longer going to direct the new episodes of Twin Peaks in 2016. He said a low budget was offered by Showtime and he feels he can't do the project the right way. Ever since the Twin Peaks nation has feverishly and relentlessly pleaded for a resolution. The actors and fans have banded together on social media and continuously lobbied for both Showtime and David Lynch to find a way to make it work.

So far the only ray of hope was offered by Dana Ashbrook who said there is a fifty fifty chance that David will change his mind. Otherwise all is quiet on the Showtime front. Ironically Showtime felt comfortable charging $100 for people to watch the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight on pay per view, but doesn't have enough money to offer Twin Peaks a bigger budget. Regardless Frost and Lynch spend a year and a half putting this deal together so I have to believe money was discussed at some point. 

No Comment!
Mark Frost has been silent on the issue. I'm sure that is by design either out of respect for David or because Showtime has him on contract or both. Same with Kyle Maclachlan and likely for the same reasons. Mark was also writing a book called The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks, which is due out this fall, but I wonder if this glitch will delay that as well. So it seems that we are stuck in limbo right now. Twin Peaks fans want David Lynch to direct and Mark at the writing helm. Daily hashtags such as #NoLynchNoPeaks #SaveTwinPeaks #NoFrostNoPeaks are dominating all Twin Peaks related social media. It appears that fans won't accept anything but the best and why should we?

Fans know Twin Peaks got jerked around terribly by ABC when it originally aired. We've all hit that cluster of Season 2 episodes when the quality just dips. Despite many humorous moments and a love for the show and it's characters, the poor storylines are undeniable. Could another director do what Lynch! Twin Peaks at it's best is art. David Lynch has a unique style that can't be duplicated, but would you tolerate a Mark Frost directed Twin Peaks?

I might (Don't shoot me!) because many of the episodes weren't directed by David in the original series and were still terrific. However it's undeniable that the episodes David did direct were in many ways and for many reasons the best of the series. I think, despite my own selfish desire to return to the world of Twin Peaks, it might be best if it doesn't return without Lynch directing every episode. What's the point if it doesn't kick serious ass? Sigh. 

"If life could only be like those summers up at Pearl Lakes?"  Its hard being a Twin Peaks fan and it always was. Finger's crossed that the show can be saved and maybe, just maybe us devoted fans will get the show returned the way it truly should be. I'm hopeful that Lynch & Frost want to find a way to make it happen, but the natural skeptic in me is a little worried that it might have all been just a beautiful dream. Either way I will always love Twin Peaks. It captured a part of my soul in it's wonderful world in 1990 and has kept me trapped between Douglas firs and Sycamores trees ever since!

What do you think is going to happen?

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