Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Netflix TV Review: Twin Peaks, Season 1 (1990)

Twin Peaks, Season 1 (1990) - Created by Mark Frost, David Lynch; Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Madchen Amick, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Finn, Peggy Lipton, Joan Chen, Piper Laurie, Ray Wise.

By Kenny Howell

Twin Peaks exists in a world of betweens.

It is between great and terrible, comedy and drama, reality and fantasy, engrossing and completely unwatchable.

It's a weird balance that creators Mark Frost and David Lynch were able to create and surprisingly make work. As the new series gets ready to come back on Showtime, I thought I would take a look back at the series that captured so much attention years ago.

The basic story is that a young woman, Laura Palmer, is found dead, and the circumstances are a bit bizarre. Luckily, everything in this world, a small town in Minnesota with the title's name, is bizarre. That is kind of Lynch's calling card, Americana mixed with surrealism, the world of inbetweens mentioned above. At times, the first season is hilarious, and at times it is awful. But somehow, Frost and Lynch make that dichotomy work, mostly because it is unlike anything that was on TV at the time, and maybe since.

My worry for the new series is that Lynch patented this weird style with his films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart, but that was all 25 years or more ago. Since then, we have seen his many films with that same style, as well as people who have tried to copy him. Weird now isn't weird 25 years ago. I am sure Frost and Lynch know that, and have something planned that we can at least say is interesting. But we shall see if that comes true.

The first two seasons of Twin Peaks are available for streaming on Netflix. The  new series is set to air on Showtime in May 2017.

Rating: ***

1 comment:

  1. Twin Peaks took place in Washington state, not Minnesota.