IcedOver wrote: Agent Earle wrote:
While I don't agree with your assessment of the later part of S 2 (I personally am a great fan of it, always have been), I wholeheartedly do regarding the title of the new show - a lot of confusion and animosity would be avoided if they simply removed the title "Twin Peaks" or maybe included it only as a subtitle, "A Twin Peaks Tale", for example). I'm flabbergasted as to how can you rate S 2's finale lower than the new show - is it because it contains Windom Earle & Annie?
Perhaps it should have been called "Twin Peaks, or, The Absurd Mystery of the Strange Forces of Existence" (Ronnie Rocket
's subtitle, reused in this series). That's more accurate as to the content of the show.
As for the original show's finale, I hadn't watched it since perhaps 1993 or so before I watched it again on BD. It just didn't resonate with me as much as it did in 1991. I'd put it as the worst of the Lynch-directed episodes of the original show. Unfortunately, the decision was made to continue the very thin plot threads of that episode . . . all the way through this season. Episodes 15 through 29 have a lot of good stuff going on at times, to be sure, but I think that despite its myriad flaws, I'd put "Return" as better in pure quality than just that segment.
I'm curious, which were the other plot threads of the S 2 finale that you consider were continued by the new series? Other than the obvious doppelganger cliffhanger stuff that was, in my view, one of the best if not the
best cliffhanger in television history and of course they couldn't avoid picking up from that (since it was probably 90 % of the reasons why the show never left people's minds and S 3 was coveted for after all this time), I don't see any other threads that were directly elaborated by S 3, at least not in any great detail. Sure, there were people from the finale that were in the new series (Ben and Audrey, Shelly and Bobby, Nadine and Big Ed etc.) but their continued storylines were so far removed from what went on in the original they might as well be completely different characters.
The finale is for me one of the holy trinity of Lynch-directed episodes of the original Peaks, right up there with E 14 and E 9 (an underdog which doesn't get the praise it deserves). Then comes the pilot, followed by the S 2 opening and, lastly, E 2.