We reach a shaky point in Twin Peaks history, as a number of the cartoonier plot points begin to draw themselves front and center, with Leo potentially returning home, freakishly strong Nadine’s high school memory, and of course more with the Hardy Girls Donna and Maddy. A brief bit of light comes when Lara Flynn Boyle absolutely nails a monologue story about her time with Laura. We also debate the problem of our hero Hawk killing a guy in Canada.
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Laura’s Diary is revealed, and Leland is held accountable for the murder of Jacques Renault while other shenanigans happen and a very racist character shows up. Cooper is incensed by the lesser elements of this episode, namely Hank and Harold, and discusses the value of clearing out the cast. We talk about why some actors vanish and others are in every episode. We sing the praises of Ray Wise, and the amazing opening shot of the episode.
We’re disappointed to learn that some of Season Two’s…lesser storylines start up this week, with far too little time (though exceptional as it is) given to Ray Wise and Leland. The One Armed Man undergoes a transformation, Maddy laments being thought of like Laura, creepy Harold is creepy, and Lara Flynn Boyle gives an excellent performance to a tombstone proving once and for all that it’s James Marshall sucking the life out of her.
A trigger warning is apt, that image that scarred some of us for life, of BOB crawling over the furniture, is in this episode of Twin Peaks. We find quite a bit to like in this second Lynch directed episode of the season, and are thankful that its shorter run-time made way for a more concise story with fewer “remember last year” style recaps. Major Brigs talks to the log, Windom Earle is mentioned for the first time, and Audrey is in over her head.
(Also James, Donna, and Maddy sing that awful song.)
A listener submitted this screen-grab from the pilot as the moment where Lynch caught Frank Silva in the mirror and conjured up the character of BOB, pretty terrifying.
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A Damn Good Podcast About Twin Peaks returns, with hosts Cooper, Miko, and Ophilia discussing the Lynchiest Lynchian season premiere that ever Lynched. In a double-length episode that uses its excess time for recapping season one, we get some moments that’re truly wonderful, with the peak, of course, being Major Briggs telling Bobby about his vision (not a dream).
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For the finale of season one, Twin Peaks borrows a page from Dallas. Mark Frost writes and directs a finale with multiple cliffhangers, uncomfortable moments, great performances from multiple characters, and terrible performances from a few others.
This is the last Damn Good Podcast before our hiatus to cover Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal for Eat The Rudecast. We will return in the fall with Season two of Damn Good Podcast.
A beautifully shot and directed penultimate episode of the season from Caleb Deschanel is hampered by an at times underwhelming script by Harley Peyton that seems to take a surprising number of shortcuts. It’s still very solid television, leading up to a “come back next week” style cliffhanger, but it pales in comparison with last week’s cracker of an episode.
We shake things up this episode, getting our least favorite storylines out of the way right off. (Hint, they involve Donna, James, and The Bobber.) This is a superb episode top to bottom though, thanks to director Lesli Linka Glatter and writer Mark Frost. At this late point in the abbreviated first season, it really feels like the storyline is approaching a climax, and the show is firing on all cylinders.
“Into the Night” by Julee Cruise (with a superb music video)
Writer Robert Engles and director Tim Hunter impress the hell out of us with a dynamic and engaging episode that manages to showcase all the wonderful things about Twin Peaks while sidelining most of the obnoxious elements. That said, this episode does feature the disturbing domino oral fixation and Shelley Johnson trying to sexily rub a gun on her chest.
It’s Laura Palmer’s funeral, and of course Leland has to ruin this too! Not, of course, before Snake and The Bobber throw down against Broody McBroodsalot. We discuss in this episode how there is a lot of crap in Twin Peaks, but what makes the show great is its ability to put truly transcendent material around the crap. Don Davis and Miguel Ferrer turn in superb performances this week, as does Kyle McLachlan as always.