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#atozchallenge: X is for X-Files…

Once again giving new meaning to the word “tenuous”, the #atozchallenge reaches X in my B to Z of Twin Peaks, by way of the fact that one of the characters was (and will be) played by an actor who went on to star in that other paranormal/FBI show, The X-Files.

In his tv debut, David Duchovny plays DEA agent Dennis Bryson, called in by the FBI to help in the investigation. But when he arrives in Twin Peaks, the small town has a surprise in store.

Here is Dennis’s introduction.

I meant Denise, sorry.

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: W is for Waldo…

I think it’s only fair that non-humans should get a mention in the #atozchallenge, (no, not giants, owls and magical dwarves) so for the W in my B to Z of Twin Peaks, I’m picking another minor character with a small but crucial part in the story.

Waldo is a minah bird who may or may not have witnessed Laura Palmer’s murder.

Given a minah’s uncanny ability to mimic the human voice, often repeating words and phrases picked up from people around them, Cooper wanted to see what he had to say for himself.

So they take him to the sheriff’s station and under Doctor Haywood‘s supervision, feed him grapes until he starts to sing like a canary (if you know what I mean).

Incidentally, Doc Haywood is played by another candidate for the W spot, the late Warren Frost, father of Twin Peaks co-creator, Mark Frost.

In the veterinarian’s office where the police are searching for Waldo’s owner, one of the classic comic moments from the series occurs. It’s only tiny, not even a gag really, just a Lynchian moment of silliness, but it features another scene-stealing animal, which is all the excuse I need to include it here.

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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: V is for Vibraphone…

It’s time for some music on the #atozchallenge, because I couldn’t do a B to Z of Twin Peaks without including Angelo Badalamenti, the multi-instrumentalist composer whose soundtrack gives the show it’s distinctive atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the B post was already taken by King Tuck himself, Billy Zane, so I’ve had to include Angelo by way of one his trademark sounds, the Vibraphone.

To this end, I bring you something of an exclusive; I have tracked down (pun intended, obviously) a vibraphone only version of Audrey Horne‘s languorous and “too dreamy” theme, Freshly Squeezed, from an extensive archive of Badalamenti/Lynch tunes from Twin Peaks and other projects.

To enable me to share it with you, I have uploaded it to YouTube, as the soundtrack to an Audrey photo montage.

So here, for your viewing and listening pleasure, is one minute forty two seconds of cool jazz, with Angelo on vibes and Audrey on virginal smouldering.

Niiiiice.

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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Music, TV, Twin Peaks, Video, A - Z challenge

 

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#atozchallenge: U is for Umbrellas…

Ok, I admit it, the “U” post in this year’s #atozchallenge has got me stumped, so I’m having to really scrape the most tenuous link from the bottom of of my B to Z of Twin Peaks barrel.

But I found something.

After rejecting Undercover as being too generic, (despite Dale and Ed’s excursion as a pair of vacationing “oral surgeons”) and Uncle (which is what Maddy Ferguson called Leland Palmer) because, well, that’s just a bit too tenuous, even by my standards, I decided the best I could do was Umbrellas.

Why umbrellas, you ask?

Because, during the Miss Twin Peaks beauty pageant, the town’s prospective beauty queens perform a dance routine with, you guessed it, twirling umbrellas.

(Thanks to Christian Hartleben for help sourcing a decent screen shot)

As a bonus and because I’ve already made the link to Miss Twin Peaks, here’s a minor subplot character, Lana Budding-Milford, played by Robyn Lively, performing a dance of “contortionistic jazz exotica”, whatever that is.

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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: T is for Teresa and Thomas…

The final full week of this year’s #atozchallenge starts off with another double header in my B to Z of Twin Peaks, taking one character from each end of the story so far, chronologically speaking.

Teresa Banks only appears in the prequel movie, Fire Walk With Me, but she is the reason Special Agent Dale Cooper comes to Twin Peaks in the first place.
Cooper is convinced Teresa and Laura Palmer are both victims of the same killer and thinks his insights into the mind of Teresa’s murderer will helps direct his investigation, while searching for Laura’s.

Thomas Eckhardt, on the other hand, doesn’t arrive in town until the second half of season two and his appearance sets off a chain of events that we will only really find out the full extent of when the show returns, in a little less than a month’s time.

Eckhardt is a South African tycoon who was in business with Andrew Packard, before Andrew’s mysterious death in a boating accident. He comes to Twin Peaks in search of his “property”, Josie Packard, whom he claims to have rescued from a life of poverty on the streets of Hong Kong.

Here he is, sporting a rather fetching Woolhouse Boys scarf.

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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: S is for Shelley…

For my “S” post in the #atozchallenge, I’m inducting another regular character into my B to Z of Twin Peaks, one who seems to be universally liked by fans, possibly because of her damsel in distress storyline.

Shelley Johnson is a waitress at the Double R Diner (purveyors of Twin Peaks’ justly famous damn fine coffee and cherry pie) and is unhappily married to everyone’s favourite rent-a-thug, Leo.

Having said that, the first time we see Shelley, she appears to be involved with Bobby Briggs, Laura’s boyfriend, a dangerous game to be playing, considering Leo’s fiery temper.

Shelley dropped out of high school to marry Leo; a bad move as it turns out, since, according to her, all he wanted was “a maid he didn’t have to pay” and she is regularly a victim of domestic abuse.

Not surprising then, that she chooses to hook up with Bobby behind Leo’s back, leading to a series of events that intersect with several strands of the larger story, via Leo’s involvement with the drug trade and Ben Horne.

Here is a very cute scene, with David Lynch’s character, Gordon Cole chatting up Shelley in the Double R, (the chemistry between Lynch and Madchen Amick is obvious) much to the displeasure of Bobby.

And here are a couple of my Woolhouse Boys pictures, an official Showtime TV promo…

…and one I did at the request of founder Woolhouse Boy, Joel Peacock (with the promise of a yet-to-appear reward…) of Madchen in a rather fetching woolkini;

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Posted by on April 22, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: R is for Rosenfield…

The “R” entry in the #atozchallenge is a bitter sweet one, because we arrive at the point in my B to Z of Twin Peaks when we pay tribute to possibly my favourite character, played by Miguel Ferrer, who sadly died in January, soon after filming his reprised role for season three.

Albert Rosenfield is a top flight FBI forensics expert, called in to assist Agent Cooper in the investigation of Laura’s murder. He is, as Cooper rightly says “lacking in the social niceties”, an understatement if ever there was one, but his abrasive manner and blunt honesty make for some excellent comic relief.

I love Albert, he makes me smile whenever he comes on the screen and the scene where he listens to Big Ed explaining how Nadine lost her eye gets funnier every time I see it.
But the best way to illustrate Miguel’s brilliant portrayal of a man who you really shouldn’t like but can’t help loving, is to let him introduce himself, so here is Albert arriving in Twin Peaks for the first time and leaving quite an impression.


Miguel Ferrer 1955 – 2017
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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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