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#atozchallenge: Reflections on Peaking in a vacuum…

Hello and welcome to the retrospective Reflections post, wrapping up the #atozchallenge for 2017.

Let me start with an apology.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t interact with the wider challenge as much as I should have done this year; it has been a busy couple of months and I never seemed to find the time to visit as many other blogs as I would have liked. I did however visit a few and I did appreciate the WordPress link site, which was far easier than having to deal with Blogger.

It didn’t help that, having forgotten which it started, I’d arbitrarily decided to instigate my own personal blogging challenge in March, only realising the day before the first post was due that I was going to be posting for over sixty days in a row!

Now, to some of you out there in blogland, that probably doesn’t seem much of a problem, since i know many of you post daily as a matter of course, but to me that’s a lot of random nonsense to come up with. Especially whilst juggling a full-time job, regular blogging features, additional online collaborations, spending time with Rhonda and Audrey, preparing for our imminent house move and generally having a life in the real world.

But I didn’t want to pass up the chance to take part altogether, (because, busy or not, I still like a challenge) so I created some strange artwork out of nature photos to get the ball rolling and wondered what I was going to do for the rest of April.

Then, later that evening I had a flash of inspiration about what I could do for my second post, prompted by something I’d seen on the Facebook page of one of those aforementioned extracurricular collaborations; the very wonderful Woolhouse Boys.

Which is how B is for Billy (Zane, of course) became the first post in my B to Z of Twin Peaks, synching nicely with the impending new series and the fact I was rewatching the original two seasons at the time.

So I think it only fair that I should tie up this year’s challenge with a taster of season three, via a spectacular bombshell that was dropped by one of the Woolhouse’s founder members a few weeks ago.

This naughty, well connected Woolhouse Boy (I daren’t say who) had somehow got his hands on a treasure trove of inside information, leaked by a recognizable member of the new cast and he was trying to think of a way to share it amongst those who wanted to know more.

Needless to say, a frenzy of requests for clarification was forthcoming from many of the group’s members and a new, private page was set up; Woolhouse Boys Secrets, to which anyone tempted by the forbidden fruit of possible spoilers could request access, at their own risk.

I was one of the many who succumbed to temptation and what I saw before me as I scrolled down the page almost made me spit out my damn fine coffee.

Script pages! With handwritten notes!

Our Brother in the Wool explained to us that because some of the scrawled notations in the margins would easily identify who the script belonged to, he’d had to disguise the pages somewhat. But even so, this was dynamite!

My source has given me permission to share them here, in exchange for a guarantee of his anonymity, which I will do in the pictures below.

Just enough to pique the interest and hint at a storyline or two, not enough to spoil anything, pitched perfectly to give long-time fans like me mild palpitations…

WOW!

Like, WOW!!


I mean, good grief, that’s just…

Wait.

Hang on a minute, what’s the date?
That’s right, it was April 1st.

All the build up, (for weeks before) the agonising over whether he should reveal what he knew, the private page, all one huge prank.

And we all fell for it, hook, line and nerdy sinker, in our lust for secrets from a place both wonderful and strange.

How many of you fell for it? 

What, not even a little bit?

Hmm, well ok, I’ll take your word for it.

Anyway, it was brilliantly done and, aside from some good natured abuse directed at the prankster, the rest of us April fools took it very well, all things considered.

So thank you, Joel Peacock, you wiley Woolhouse Boy, (yes, I think it’s safe to unmask him now) for keeping us on our toes in the run up to Twin Peaks: The Return in less than two weeks time.

#atozchallenge: Reflections on Peaking in a vacuum.

 

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#atozchallenge: Z is for Zabriske…

So, it’s the final post in this year’s #atozchallenge, bringing us to the end of my hastily thrown together B to Z of Twin Peaks and the letter that so often presents a problem in these alphabetical lists, Z.

But not today.

Grace Zabriske plays Laura’s mother, Sarah Palmer, a woman whose life begins to come apart at the seams long before we meet her in the first episode (see also; Fire Walk With Me) and whose default state fluctuates between this…

…and this…

…for the entire series.
So I thought it only fair that she was wrapped in the warm and loving embrace of a Woolhouse Boys sweater.

Ahh, she looks better already.

#atozchallenge: Z is for Zabriske.

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{Stream of consciousness Sunday Monday will be with you tomorrow, since it’s a bank holiday and I can.}

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: Y is for Yankees…

For the Y post in the #atozchallenge, I’m pushing my luck again, to crowbar another daft subplot into the B to Z of Twin Peaks.

After living a life of venal ambition and greed, culminating in events so traumatic they prompt a mental breakdown, Benjamin Horne becomes convinced he’s a civil war general.

Yes, he actually thinks he’s in the southern army, fighting against the Yankees, only this time the South is winning and this entire unhinged fantasy takes place in Horne’s office at the Great Northern Hotel.

Hippy psychiatrist, Dr Jacoby enlists the help of Bobby Briggs and Ben’s daughter, Audrey Horne to reenact parts of his delusion, in order to help him regain his sanity.

Here’s a short clip of the surreal role-play therapy in action; take it away boys…

And here’s Ben in typically dramatic pose, flying the flag for The Woolhouse Boys.

#atozchallenge: Y is for Yankees.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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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.

#atozchallenge: X is for X-Files.

 
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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.

#atozchallenge: W is for Waldo.

 
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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.

#atozchallenge: V is for Vibraphone.

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

 

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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.

#atozchallenge: U is for Umbrellas.

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

 

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