Day five of the #atozchallenge brings day four of my B-Z of Twin Peaks and it’s time to pay tribute to one of the most disliked characters from David Lynch’s killer serial, because it’s only fair to take the rough with the smooth and recognise that nothing is perfect.
Lynch, of course, had never intended to reveal the identity of Laura Palmer‘s killer, but the network wanted a resolution and he had to compromise in order to stay on the air, meaning that after the big reveal, the writers needed to take the show in a new direction.
One of the manifestations of that creative dilemma was the much-derided subplot, involving James Hurley and his illicit affair with rich and vampy femme fatale, Evelyn Marsh. The entire pointless story of Evelyn and her dastardly marital melodrama is a constant source of amusement and ridicule on every Twin Peaks Facebook group and I’ve never met anyone who thought it was anything but tedious filler material.
But, as with all things, you tend to remember disappointments as being worse than they actually were and, sure enough, with the luxury of DVD binge watching you realise this unwelcome diversion takes up a trifling amount of the show and it was mostly the frustration of having to wait a week for something more interesting to happen, while having to sit through this nonsense first, that made it so irritating originally.
Still, it’s a testament to, well, to something profound I’m sure, that people are talking about poor old Evelyn even now, over a quarter of a century later, so it’s only fair that I do something to pay tribute to her selfless contribution to the tv event of a lifetime.
Here she is, sharing a tender moment with James, clad in classic John Justice Wheeler knitwear courtesy of The Woolhouse Boys.