Mr. Reindeer wrote:Finished disc 2 and started disc 3. I’m going in linear OCD order, even if it means I’m excrutiatingly holding off on seeing the on-set footage. I may skip ahead to that eventually, but I’m enjoying sinking into this show in beautiful HD. I have a newfound respect for the show’s look. Even the sheriff’s station scenes, which I found rather flat when watching on a streaming platform, are gorgeously lit, the just-post-dawn tinge of the (still stupid) “bunnies” scene completely distinct from the late-night yellows when Bobby sees Laura’s photo.
I have to say, I enjoyed the Comic Con panel a lot more than I expected. I’d read that the questioners were really poorly screened, and that is true — one guy hadn’t ever seen TP and just wanted to talk about Dune, one woman seems mostly intent on making things awkward by shaming the actors who haven’t watched the show and confronting Kyle with the decades-old Audrey/Fenn controversy, and one guest is so “off” that I half-suspect he was a performance artist or a misguided plant intended to evoke a “Lynchian” moment. But Lindelof and the actors make the absolute most of what they’re given. It was great to hear the actors’ various stories of how they’d learned about the Return — even if I already knew the broader strokes, hearing them tell the stories in person was great and added some “local color” (that photo of Bobby and Laura on London Bridge NEEDS to be part of the Carrie Page reality in season 4). Everett comes across as such a genuine dude and I love listening to him (his story about DKL’s “harder edge” amid all the expected talk of the utopian atmosphere on set was refreshing, especially since it related to one of my favorite scenes from the original show). Don Murray comes across as a lovely human being, going out of his way to compliment Lillard when a fan (amusingly) brings up his Shaggy role. As a continuity/dating freak, I appreciated Lillard’s mention of the 9/29 controversy (and his self-effacing admission that he has terrible penmanship and can’t read it a year after the fact). Also great that Naomi gives a shoutout to Rabbits, even though (surprisingly) no one on the panel seems to get it! Sometimes I find Kimmy’s shtick a bit much, but her description of crawling under her bed and her “hot take” on Dougie were both hysterical, as was everything else she contributed to this panel. It WAS rather unfortunate that several actors on the panel hadn’t seem the show, but it’s tough to resist putting Naomi Watts and Tim Roth on your panel, and their contributions were still fun. I think this will serve as a great time capsule and I’m glad it’s there.
Totally agree about the comic con panel! More importantly, I totally agree about the look and lighting of the Sheriff's Station, which I always thought looked like, well, "home." And most importantly, I disagree about the bunnies, which I always thought was mostly great...and it's probably the key to the whole thing, I mean, come on...probably.