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#atozchallenge: V is for Very excited…

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So, we’re down to the final five days of the A-Z challenge and although it’s been an interesting month of randomly unplanned posts, there is one thing I haven’t manage to squeeze in and today I have an excuse.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on about it, I’ve already done that at some length in the past, but I can’t not mention the impending return of Twin Peaks, the greatest tv show of all time, bar none.

And yesterday we got further details of David Lynch‘s rebooted soap noir;
– Filming has been completed.
– Probable release date is very early 2017.
– UK release will be on Sky Atlantic, as they have exclusive rights to all original Showtime output (bad news for those of us without satellite tv)
– The cast list has been released, confirming a large number of original members are going to be back amongst the pines.
So, for those of you who are interested, here are those returning heroes in full:

Richard Beymer – Ben Horne
Catherine E Coulson – The Log Lady (scenes filmed before she sadly passed away last year)
Julee Cruise – Roadhouse Singer​
Jan D’Arcy – Sylvia Horne​
David Duchovny – Denise/Dennis Bryson​
Sherilyn Fenn – Audrey Horne
Miguel Ferrer – Albert Rosenfield
Warren Frost – Doctor William Hayward​
Harry Goaz – Deputy Andy Brennan​
Andrea Hays – Heidi​
Gary Hershberger –  Mike Nelson​
Michael Horse – Deputy Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill​
David Patrick Kelly – Jerry Horne​
Sheryl Lee – Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson
Peggy Lipton – Norma Jennings
Bellina Martin Logan – Louie ‘Birdsong’ Budway
David Lynch – GORDON COLE
Kyle MacLachlan – Special Agent Dale Cooper
James Marshall – James Hurley
Everett McGill – ‘Big’ Ed Hurley
Walter Olkewicz – Jacques Renault​
Kimmy Robertson – Lucy Moran
Wendy Robie – Nadine Hurley​
Marv Rosand – Cook at the Double R Diner
Carlton Lee Russell – Jumping Man
Harry Dean Stanton – Carl Rodd
Charlotte Stewart – Betty Briggs​
Al Strobel – Philip Gerard/ ‘Mike’ The One-Armed Man​
Carel Struycken – The Giant​
Russ Tamblyn – Dr Lawrence Jacoby​
Ray Wise – Leland Palmer
Alicia Witt – Gersten Hayward
Grace Zabriskie – Sarah Palmer​

You’ll have to make your own minds up as to how some of these characters are being resurrected included in the plot, but it’s a good sign that the main body of the cast is still involved.

– More casting details have also been released, featuring a good many high profile surprises.
What do you reckon Lynch is going to do with the likes of;

Monica Bellucci
Michael Cera
Laura Dern
Sky Ferreira
Ernie Hudson
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Ashley Judd
Trent Reznor
Tim Roth
Amanda Seyfried
Jessica Szhor
Eddie Vedder
Naomi Watts

Ok, Laura Dern is a Lynch veteran, but Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor? Really?

And then there’s this; Emre Unayli‘s amazing new artwork.

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So yes, I think it’s safe to say that I’m VERY excited at the prospect of going back into the woods with FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and friends.

Here’s the trailer…

…which, of course, tells you nothing whatsoever.

But then, I’d expect nothing less.
Roll on 2017.

If your thirst for Peakiness is piqued and you want even more details, GO HERE.

And if that hasn’t put you in the mood, here’s a Road House favourite from Julee Cruise, the lovely Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart.
Enjoy.

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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Arts, Internet, TV, Twin Peaks, Video

 

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Seasons on the sofa…

Seasons on the sofa…

imageThe era of binge viewing is well and truly upon us.
With DVD box sets and streaming services like Netflix popping up all over the internet, there’s no longer any need to wait a week to catch the next thrilling installment of whichever blockbuster TV series you are currently obsessed with, in fact if the temptation becomes too much you can watch all thirty episodes in one weekend.

In the same way that I’ve (more than once) enjoyed Twin Peaks, a total immersion experience.

Sometimes, because of the way shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad are hyped, with spoilers, speculation and fan theories on every culture and genre TV website, watching the entire season in one go is the only alternative to walking around with your fingers in your ears, going; “La La La La La I’m not listening.”

Regular readers of this blog will know that I don’t own a computer so, short of laboriously downloading episodes one at a time to watch on my phone or tablet, I’m limited to buying whole series on DVD or Blu-ray, which is how I’ve been watching the aforementioned Game of Thrones (accompanied by the “La La La…” method, to combat friends with satellite TV) and the highly entertaining, if slightly daft, Grimm.

But recently I’ve taken to trawling our local library’s collection of TV box sets and, since Rhonda was never much of a TV watcher in the States, I had no problem finding something she hadn’t seen before.
Although, as I’m sure you know, revisiting any type of entertainment, be it music, movies, or TV, in the company of someone who hasn’t experienced it before, can add a new perspective to something you previously thought you knew well, so I was perfectly happy to re-watch anything I’d enjoyed in the past.

Which is why we’ve spent most evenings for the last month or so, watching at least a couple of episodes of probably the best crime drama series ever made.
And the conclusion of this post will be my attempt to convince as many of you as possible to discover it for yourselves. Or rediscover it if, like me, you thought you’d had all you could get from it the first time round, because believe me, it’s well worth another watch.

I won’t keep you in suspense for long, I wonder how many of you will guess right…

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Arts, Personal anecdote, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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Peaking too early…

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Most of the rumours of a sequel or reboot of Twin Peaks from David Lynch have recently been quashed by the man himself.

I have mixed feelings about this, as the show finished prematurely. Because there were obviously questions left unanswered.

A lot of questions.

Many of these were addressed in the – even darker, sleazier – prequel movie, Fire, Walk With Me, but given the timeline of events in the series, now would be an ideal time to bring events up to date.

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But, on balance, I think it would be unwise to try and recapture the essence of what made the series so unique in the first place, that unselfconscious oddness which has been so often aped – with varying degrees of success – by shows like The X-Files and Happy Town.

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After all, what made the show so much fun to watch was the interaction between Cooper and the inhabitants of the town when he first arrives.
His growing friendship with the flirtatious Audrey Horne is a good example.

Also, his romance in season two, with Annie Blackburn, (an early role for Heather Graham) sister of RR Diner owner, Norma Jennings, is central to the later plot line.

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Here’s a couple of great clips, the second showing not only Cooper’s softer side, but Lynch himself, appearing in his recurring role as Cooper’s boss, Gordon Cole, who also features in this first scene.

And now, The Joke…

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Other new arrivals in town have quite an impact too.
Sheryl Lee (who plays Laura) turns up to cause all sorts of emotional turmoil as Madeline Ferguson, Laura’s cousin…

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…to say nothing of future X-Files star, David Duchovny as transvestite DEA agent Denise (formerly Dennis) Bryson

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Here he is, arriving in the Sheriff’s office for the first time.

One of my favourite occasional characters is that of Albert Rosenfeld, played with aggressive comic precision by Miguel Ferrer.
Here is his abrasive entry into sleepy Twin Peaks society.

…and a glimpse into his personal philosophy.

To go too much into the plot of season two would spoil the big reveal, so I’ll just say that when you’ve finished watching it, you’ll want to see the story before the story.

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Fire, Walk With Me tells the story of the last ten days of Laura Palmer’s life, ending at the exact point that the series begins.
It’s an altogether more hardcore vision of Twin Peaks, starring many, but not all original cast members, along with Kiefer Sutherland, Harry Dean Stanton, and Chris Isaak.

The plot contains so many spoilers for the series that it’s almost impossible to discuss it, so I shall just say this.

***Don’t watch the trailer, don’t read the review, don’t even read the DVD cover***

Not until you’ve seen the series anyway.

And that is all I will say on the subject.
Probably done me good to get it off my chest.

Although, having spent all this time reminiscing, I have a feeling that I may have to start from the beginning, all over again.

As the giant says –

The Twin Peaks – Gold Edition DVD boxset is out now.

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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in TV, Twin Peaks

 

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Giants, Owls, Mike, and Bob…

Nowadays, it’s always worth checking out a new TV series online (especially a US show) before committing yourself to watching something that, only one or two seasons in, could suddenly vanish from your screen, a victim of the studio losing confidence in it, or deciding that the ratings are not impressive enough.

I’ve lost track of the number of interesting, inventive shows that have ceased to exist in this irritating manner over the last few years.
Sometimes it’s simply a case of shows like promising, high-tech conspiracy/Sci-fi thriller Flash Forward, or big budget alien invasion series The Event being canceled hallway through their run.
Or if you’re lucky, producers get advanced warning of the impending demise of a series, and in the case of Joss Whedon‘s intriguing Dollhouse, are able to tie up any loose ends with a couple of hastily written episodes before the corporate axe falls.

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Twin Peaks was to have a slightly different fate however.

While the original series gained popular and critical acclaim, ABC studios repeatedly insisted that David Lynch reveal the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer at the end of the first season.
This went against the idea that Lynch had at the start, originally intending that the identity of Laura’s killer would remain a mystery.

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The result of this was the show lost it’s way slightly during season two, including too many side plots which, despite some interesting ideas, detracted from the intricate main storyline.

Because this was never going to be any normal murder investigation, even from the beginning.

And it’s not only the idiosyncratic Agent Cooper who is conscious of the differences in Twin Peaks, as we find when The Bookhouse Boys (Harry, Hawk, and Big Ed Hurley, played by another Lynch regular, Everett McGill) tell him about the history of the area.

Big Ed isn’t any stranger to strangeness, being married as he is, to Nadine Hurley, (Wendy Robie, in a truly unhinged performance) who provides many of the show’s comedy moments.

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Here is one of her typical scenes.

The “darkness” in the woods that Harry talks about is hinted at by many of the characters, most notably The Log Lady and Major Briggs who, we discover, has a lot more information than he is at liberty to reveal.

This is one of numerous mentions of Owls, and “their” appearance heralds the arrival of the supernatural element of the show.
The first time we are made aware of this is early on, during Cooper’s dream.

This scene is also the first time that we hear about Bob and Mike, the One Armed Man (not to be confused with – or more likely, most definitely intended to be confused with – Bobby Briggs and Mike Nelson, two of Laura’s high school friends)

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…and then later on, when Cooper has his first visit from the giant (no, really, he’s a giant), the significance of the Owls is reinforced.

This otherworldly undercurrent is what saves the later episodes, building to an utterly riveting climax to the series which, although bizarre and unconventional, even by Lynch’s standards, is still one of the most memorable pieces of television ever.

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In my final post on The Best TV Show Ever, I will give you a few more tasters to tempt you into the world of Twin Peaks, and hopefully remind those of you who have already been there why you loved it in the first place.

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Don’t touch that dial…

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in TV, Twin Peaks

 

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Into the woods…

The fact that David Lynch had chosen Kyle MacLachlan to play Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks was a definite plus for fans of Lynch’s earlier work.
MacLachlan had already achieved cult success in Dune, and more importantly, had gained critical acclaim for Blue Velvet, in which he played an awkward, shy young man, corrupted by the seedy underworld into which he is drawn, through his attraction to an older woman.

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As he arrives in town, we learn that Agent Cooper has been following the trail of a killer, and that he believes Laura Palmer is the latest victim.
After examining Laura’s body and finding clues to support his theory, he decides to stay in Twin Peaks, telling Sheriff Harry Truman that he will take over the investigation and that the police will assist the FBI.

Harry readily agrees, not used to dealing with federal murder cases, and one of the most memorable crime fighting partnerships in TV history is born. (Ok, so I’m biased, get over it)

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As episode two opens, we find Agent Cooper talking to the ever present, but never visible, Diane, to whom he dictates his notes throughout the series.

Cooper is the main reason the show works so well for me.
He manages to be earnest and sincere about the most surreal subjects, and the other characters just smile and nod as if it’s the most normal thing in the world.
And his methods of detection are far from conventional either, as we can see in this next scene.

Agent Cooper has gathered the Twin Peaks PD in the woods for a demonstration.
Having determined a list of possible suspects, he attempts to eliminate various people with the help of Harry, Andy, receptionist Lucy Moran (the fabulously ditzy Kimmy Robertson), and Deputy Hawk (the hugely impressive, and huge, Michael Horse)

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And a bucket of rocks.

And donuts.

And coffee, always lots of coffee.

This brings some other, uniquely Lynch-esque characters to our attention – Dr Jacoby (Russ Tamblyn, probably most famous for having played Tom Thumb), Laura Palmer’s deeply eccentric psychiatrist,

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Leo Johnson, truck driving good ol’ boy and all round scumbag, husband of RR Diner waitress, and domestic punch bag, Shelley Johnson. (Eric Da Re and Madchen Amick)

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We also hear about One Eyed Jacks for the first time, Canadian brothel and casino, owned by town bigwig Benjamin Horne, who also owns the Great Northern Hotel, (Richard Beymer, star of West Side Story)

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All these characters are woven into the various subplots which make the show so much more than a whodunnit.

There are also a great many romantic entanglements, not the least of which is the one between Sheriff Truman and enigmatic Chinese beauty and timber heiress, Josie Packard (Joan Chen)

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Josie, widow of sawmill owner Andrew Packard, is at constant loggerheads with her dead husband’s sister, the devious, scheming Catherine Martell (the gloriously melodramatic Piper Laurie).

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And as if that wasn’t complicated enough, Catherine is cheating on her husband, Pete, with Benjamin Horne, hotelier, corrupt businessman, and owner of most of Twin Peaks.

Somehow, the death of Laura Palmer has touched the lives of all these people, and it’s the intertwining of their respective storylines that leads us into the dark underbelly of a town where, we soon begin to realise, nobody is really innocent.

And there are two people who seem to be apart from the other peculiar inhabitants of this most peculiar of towns.
Although strange enough in their own ways, Major Briggs and The Log Lady (Don Davis and Catherine Coulson) seem to know more than they’re letting on.

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Here is a fairly typical exchange between the two of them in the RR Diner.

The only real lead is the traumatised and still sedated Ronette Pulaski, who wandered back into town down the railway tracks, after being abducted on the same night as Laura…

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…leading to the site of her murder, in the woods.

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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in TV, Twin Peaks

 

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TV gets Lynched…

The TV event of 1990, as far as I was concerned anyway, was the arrival on our screens of what can only be described as “Soap Noir”, David Lynch’s groundbreaking, genre-defying cult classic Twin Peaks.

As I may have mentioned in passing, I’m a massive fan of his work, and the idea of having a slice of Lynch on the TV every week was a film nerd’s dream.
And us nerds, we weren’t disappointed.

As I sat down in my tiny bedsit in Crowborough to watch the feature-length pilot, I was instantly drawn into Lynch-land by the haunting theme, composed by long time Lynch collaborator, Angelo BadalamentI

The series opens with the discovery, by Pete Martell (Lynch regular, Jack Nance) of a body, wrapped in plastic, on the shore from which he is fishing.

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Leaving the body as he finds it, he calls the Sheriff, Harry S. Truman (played by the slow talking, amiable Michael Ontkean) who arrives with one of the show’s first recognisable Lynchian comic creations, bumbling, slow witted deputy, Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz) who, on discovering that the body is that of popular local homecoming queen, Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), repeatedly bursts into tears whilst attempting to photograph the scene.

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The significance of her identity is continually reinforced by each successive character’s reaction to the news. The town doctor/medical examiner, Will Hayward, who arrives to transport the body (twinkly-eyed but world weary Warren Frost) is shocked that the sweet and innocent girl he delivered into the world should turn up so brutally murdered.

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Watch the opening scene here.

The show features many well established actors, as well as a whole host of newcomers made famous by their roles in it. One of the recognisable stars who appears throughout is Grace Zabriskie, known for roles in TV series Seinfeld, and movies such as Fried Green Tomatoes…, and other Lynch projects like Wild at Heart and Inland Empire. She stars as Sarah Palmer, Laura’s mother, and we first meet her when she finds Laura’s bed unslept in, and is ringing round her friends trying to find where she spent the night.

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Meanwhile, we see Laura’s father, Leland, receiving the news of her death from Sheriff Truman, while at work at The Great Northern Hotel.
Unfortunately, his wife has just rung him..

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…and overhears the conversation, leaving her in her default state for much of the series, which can be pretty much summed up by;

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During the following scenes, we see various school friends hearing of Laura’s murder.

Her boyfriend, Bobby Briggs (the swaggering Dana Ashbrook)

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..classmate and best friend, Donna Hayward (wholesome girl-next-door Lara Flynn Boyle)

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…and pouting teen sex kitten Audrey Horne (played with smouldering silver screen vampishness by Sherilyn Fenn)

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Even re-watching the series, as I have many times, the whole Twin Peaks universe seems trapped in a bubble of timelessness, neither of it’s time, nor dated by the passage of time. The presence of so much warm hued pine, used in many of the interiors, lends a comfortable glow to the atmosphere, sometimes at odds with events taking place there.
And it’s this juxtaposition of the cosy, familiar surroundings of small town life, where even the thought of murder is alien to those that live there, that makes the increasingly bizarre story that unfolds in and around their tight knit community all the more shocking.

The Great Northern, located at the top of the waterfall;

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The RR Diner;

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I realise that it seems as if this is going to be, even at it’s most condensed, a very long winded analysis, but I think I should at least try to set the scene, to give those of you new to the strange world that is Twin Peaks, a feel for the ambience of the place which our hero, Dale Cooper is about to enter…

I shall bear in mind the fact that a friend of mine was actually forced to stop watching the show, just to avoid discussing it with me each week (sorry Simon) and rein in my tendency to ramble, as we follow him on his strange trip.

Stay tuned.

Photos – the David Lynch archive.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in TV, Twin Peaks

 

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What’s in a name?…

So, if you read my previous post (which, if not, you should go and do now, if the following is to make any sense) you will be aware of some new facts surrounding the genesis of the – allegedly – deeply mysterious blogger, who goes by the – admittedly slightly odd – name of dalecooper57.

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Yes, the (not very well kept) secret is out.
Although there was never any serious attempt on my part to defraud or deceive in any malicious way, it nevertheless seems as though more than a few people have been idly theorising as to my identity (and even, to my great amusement, my gender).

This, initially hesitant, decision to give an insight into the planning and evolution of Diary of an Internet Nobody was prompted mainly by the – frankly gobsmacking – news that somebody from BlogCatalog wanted to interview me for their own blog.

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The interview process itself was handled by the Canadian author of the MotherOf9 blog, Melanie Jean Juneau, and she was extremely professional and patient with me, (given the time difference between the UK and Canada, much of our discussion was held in the early hours of Saturday morning, my time)
She allowed me full editorial control of the finished piece, and accepted any suggestions that I made concerning layout and image content.
Although I did give Melanie pretty much carte blanche to take what photos she wanted from my online collection, and it was interesting to see what she chose. A couple of them I’d forgotten about myself.

The other day, I was having a discussion with other bloggers as to whether it was important that people liked what we wrote.
We all agreed that it was nice when people enjoyed our work, but also that it was important that you wrote what you enjoyed writing about.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to introduce you to the idea that this particular thread may be slightly longer than usual, but I only say that as I have no idea where it will take me, or what precise form it will take.

The reason for this is very simple.
Because I know exactly where it will take me.
And I know precisely what form it will take.

If I’m not careful, that is.

You see, I’m about to start writing about something that, had I wanted an easy start to my blogging adventure, I could have knocked out ten, or even twenty posts about in no time at all.

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But that would not have got me the amazing mixture of readers and followers that I now have.
And although I have nothing but admiration for the dedication, attention to detail, and sheer bloody-mindedness of bloggers like this guy, that sort of microscopic dissection and analysis holds no attraction for me.

Apart from anything else, that is the very definition of a spoiler, and I hate spoilers.

So I’m simply going to try and infect you with the same enthusiasm, and maybe a little of the obsession, that I have for a cult classic that meant so much to me that I went and named myself after the brilliant, eccentric, and unique lead character.

But in a good way.

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“Diane, who is this dalecooper57?”

After all, the ideal conclusion to this piece would be that all of you went out and watched the tale unfold from the start, or even that those of you who remember it go and revisit it, as I have many times.

Not a review then, more an appreciation.
Yes, that sounds right, An Appreciation of Twin Peaks.

There. I’ve said it.

Nobody fainted. Hardly anyone screamed.

So, assuming that you’re still reading this, I should tell those of you that don’t know, that Twin Peaks was a television show that ran for just two seasons in the early’90s.

It was created by one of my all time cinematic heroes, the brilliant, maverick director of such classics as The Elephant Man and Wild at Heart, David Lynch, and Mark Frost who worked on Hill Street Blues, and would later provide screenplays for the two Fantastic Four blockbusters.

The plot centres around the investigation, by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, into the murder of local schoolgirl and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer, and the consequences of her death on the town’s community.

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And in the next couple of posts, as much for my pleasure as (hopefully) yours, I shall attempt to explain, maybe even to myself, why the show’s mere thirty episodes managed to leave such a lasting impression on me, and many others over the years.
As I said, I deplore spoilers, so I won’t give away any crucial plot details, but I will use stills borrowed from the great big internet, and see if I can find some interesting clips for you.

So get yourself a slice of cherry pie, pour yourself a damn fine cup of coffee, and get ready to head into the woods…

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