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Posted on Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Dave!It's the twentieth anniversary of Twin Peaks! And it's being celebrated with an art show today in Los Angeles. Oh how I wish I could be there.

One of my favorite shows ever, David Lynch's epic story of secrets and murder in a small Pacific Northwest community was about the most fascinating, bizarre, beautiful, and altogether brilliant programs to ever air on television. While there have been a few shows that have tried to emulate its quirky genius over the years, there will likely never be anything quite like the strange saga of Laura Palmer ever again.

"She's dead... Wrapped in plastic..."

Laura Palmer Dead. Wrapped in plastic.

Even if the show wasn't spectacularly entertaining, I probably would have still been interested in watching it. Most of the exterior locations used in the series are about an hour-and-a-half from my home. David Lynch wanted to create a series that took a glimpse into the shady underside of small town living, and what he came up with was so convincing that I often felt that I could be living in Twin Peaks.

"My log does not judge..."

DAVETOON: Lil' Dave's log does not judge!

The tragedy of Twin Peaks is that it was canceled right in the middle of a massive cliffhanger at the end of its second season. David Lynch eventually released a movie called Fire Walk With Me which was eagerly anticipated by fans, but it ended up being more of a prequel than a sequel, and fared poorly at the box office. Even worse, it did very little to address all the lingering questions from the series.

"There is also a legend of a place called the Black Lodge..."

DAVETOON: Lil' Dave Cooper and Bad Monkey MIKE in the Black Lodge

I haven't watched the full series in sequence since I revisited the first season five years ago, so I suppose it's time. The problem is that I'll just end up getting all sucked into the world of Twin Peaks again, knowing that it's going to be chopped off in middle of the story. I suppose it's futile, but a part of me still hopes that Lynch will get together the cast and wrap up what he started. Sure you run the risk of being disappointed, but at least you get closure.

"I'll see you again in 25 years. Meanwhile…"

Laura Palmer Prom Queen

Will we see another Twin Peaks project in 2015/2016 just as Laura Palmer promised? Who knows. That would certainly be awesome.

In the meanwhile... there's Fringe which is about the most messed-up show on television right now. Last night's episode approached a near Twin-Peaks-level of freakiness, which is no easy feat. It's so odd to me that J.J. Abrams shit-pile of a mess, Lost, got so much attention and blockbuster ratings when the real interesting stuff is happening over at his other series, Fringe.

Oh well.

Time for some cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee at the Double-R Diner.

"Through the darkness of futures past, the magician longs to see. One chants out between two worlds... fire, walk with me."

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Comments

  1. Howard says:

    I completely forgot to tell you that Cameron gifted me the gold edition of the entire series for Xmas. The bonus disc is great with weird interviews of a couple of the stars in the bar of the hotel into the series. Can’t remember the name.

    And I am in complete love with Fringe. Love how strange and human it is at the same time. Walter just kills me. Glad there are still other fans out there. A lot of people have given up on it.

  2. Loukia says:

    I absolutely LOVED Twin Peaks SO much.

  3. Did you see the Twin Peaks-esque episode of Psych? That was awesomesauce! AND they are promising another episode soon!!

  4. Jick says:

    My favorite show of all time. Was reminded of it last night watching The Wizard of Oz. Several references to Oz in Twin Peaks I never caught.

  5. B.E. Earl says:

    Fringe has been more than fantastic this season. I so dig the Fauxlivia episodes like the one on Friday.

  6. Troy says:

    “There’s a fish in the percolator…”

    I love Twin Peaks but was pained by the cliffhanger! I’d love to see some kind of resolution but I’d hate to see it done in a movie form. It really needs to be done in an episodic manner.

  7. Tracy says:

    I love your tribute toons! Brilliant. I loved the first season of Twin Peaks and was so sad when it went to hell in Season Two. David Lynch is a twisted genius, regardless.

    By the way…I’d totally miss you if your blog went AWOL. Just sayin’.

  8. Nenette says:

    I adore Fringe! It’s definitely one of my favourites due primarily to the fact that it’s so messed up.
    I never watched Lost.

  9. Avitable says:

    I started re-watching it this winter. Such an amazing, quirky show.

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