It seems a lot of the more fervent love for TR is from people who either don't actually like the original series much ("The Lynch episodes were great but everything else was typical TV," etc), or who may be a big fan yet still think TR is better than it. Which boggles my mind but hey, it takes all kinds I guess.
I mean I can understand maligning the weaker stretches of the original or the more prosaic feel of many of the non Lynch episodes (even though I still think they're great)... but to put TR on par with or surpassing stuff like Pilot, Episodes 2, 8, 9, 14, 29? Or Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 13? Even Episodes 7, 16, 23, 25, 26, 27? (Which I think are a bit more flawed but still quality).
Hell, I enjoy flawed but good episodes like 11, 15, 18, 20, 24, etc, more than I enjoy even the more objectively Artful parts of TR. What the hell is wrong with me?
I guess I can say that I enjoy TR more than I do Episodes 19, 21 and 22 of the original series. (High praise, indeed). But even a trainwreck like Episode 17 is something I'd often rather spend time with than in the ugly world of TR.
So I guess I'm an irredeemable fanboy of the original run. To the point where even the flaws don't bother me, and I never skip scenes or episodes on rewatches. The whole package is just so much more impressive than TR, even down to something like the opening credits - in particular, those aerial drone shots of water flowing and waterfalls etc in TR credits strike me as oddly prosaic, like extracted from a nature doc; in the original credits every shot was gorgeous and stylized. The new ones feel a bit lazy. I even miss the way the old show continued those distinctive oddly-colored credits into the episode proper, with some openings being quite striking even (like Ep 29's screen-covering "Written by Mark Frost & Harley Peyton & Robert Engels" or Lynch's directors credit coming in over the moodily scored opening scene just as Hawk enters).
Dugpa was right, I'm definitely a huge nerd
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