bluefrank wrote:Wow, a whole thread dedicated to hating on the new series. Most of the disappointment will be coming from a lack of understanding of what you're watching. Those seeking instant gratification and all the answers on a plate will be sorely disappointed - and rightly so. Ok then, I'll leave you all to it.
This is every thing I don't understand about the pro Season 3 camp. I hesitate to call them the 'pro', because the people I am referring to seem so utterly determined to psychologically destroy anyone who had the faintest dissatisfaction with the new series, they remind me of extreme Trump supporters against so called 'Social justice warriors'.
I have absolutely no problem with the fact that others enjoy this season more than me, why would I? But I just can't understand why the series supporters are so reactionary against people that don't feel the same way, calling them stupid, ignorant, nostalgic and people 'seeking instant gratification'.
In truth, I had a very emotional reaction to the new series, reflectively I can see that my expectations were too high, and I had had too many years to create my own fanfic Season 3 in my mind. I was disappointed, but at the end of the day it's just a television series and doesn't warrant the kind extreme emotional reaction some of us are having. Really, we ought to be grateful we're getting a new series, and ultimately we have to accept what it is now, because it's not going to miraculously turn into something else.
Having had some time to reflect on my own opinions, I will say there seem to be two major currents to the dissatisfaction, and one strain definitely has more validity over the other.
Whilst critics praise this new Season as Lynch's return to glory, and it is cheered at Cannes and universally acknowledged as a masterpiece, part of me still feels the hanging melancholy of my intitial reaction to it. The sentiment that people like me and the other people in this thread who wanted nostalgia and a return to the profoundly odd, but also strongly rooted realism of a detective story slash soap opera parody -- are just boring, low brow populists who want comfort from a series that originally shocked its audience the same way Season 3 has. Well on my heart I disagree, and to the people revering Lynch's Swansong I don't want to denigrate that -- I've always been a fan of Lynch and now that I've accepted what we're getting really is 'pure heroine Lynch' i an enthusiastic about that. I'll reiterate that Twin Peaks wasn't Lynch's masterwork, there were a lot of people that brought charm and substance to the original and to be honest the new series shows more of a lack of outsider influence tha it shows Lynch failing to recreate anything. This series is a natural progression for Lynch, it makes sense -- but that doesn't make it a natural progression for Twin Peaks - it's Lynch commandeering something and altering it to fit his current worldview.
But you know what, that's fine. I actually agree with critics that this is an invalid line of dissatisfaction. Mark Frost and David Lynch have come at this from a fresh perspective, and maybe they have gone all George Lucas on fans, but it's not like Disney has taken over the franchise and turned it on its head. This is how the creators invisioned the series, and we have to accept and embrace that.
But... the other line of criticism which people seem so afraid of, or unwilling to listen to, and which has absolute validity is how the creators really have failed to hit the mark on this. That's how I genuinely feel, and I'm not trying to change the minds of people who like it. Right now there is soooooo much hype, and I think that's great. Like other fans I'm really intrigued as to how it's all going to pan out, it's absolutely amazing we've got this continuation to sub plots that have haunted people's minds for 25 years.
That seems to be driving the optimism, and I think that's great. Other than this thread I'm not really even interesting in discussing the faults of this series with the people who are hyped up right now, because they just aren't interested in listening anyway. But I still affirm, that when this series is over and done, even if the next 14 episodes are the most amazing television anyone has ever seen, people will still look back at these opening episode as a slow, faulted mess.
I actually love the fact, that people who have defended Season two for twenty years, and Fire walk with me in spite of their faults when critics SLAMMED those things, those same critics can't find a single fault in the new season?
You cant accept Josie in the door knob but you can accept Major Briggs head floating through space, Laura Palmer taking off her face and Cooper Flying through space. The special effects in this series are Soooooo bad, so much worse than little Nicky with devil horns floating in a bubble over Andy's head. Helllllloooooo? Those fucking red room montages in the casino? Cooper falling into the mauve balcony is literally the worse piece of special effects in cinema history (and I've been to first year special effects class). Ed Wood could be considered a genius in light of some of the scenes in this new season, then the fact it is genuinely so tedious to watch.
Anyway, there's lots of positives too. I'm really interested to see what's coming. The truth is this is going to be a season highs and lows, even as season two was a series of highs and lows. This one will have much bigger lows, but who knows maybe immense highs aswell.
Ultimately the thing is this is just really stupid sci fi. I can't believe that critics would receive so well something which has garmonbozia as the major focal plotlone, an evil long haired Kyle machlachlan saying 'You're nice and wet'. Somebody travelling through a power socket (sorry I digress, this scen trumps Josie in the door knob by ten thousand)
Anyway, let them eat hate.
I'm glad people are enjoying the series so much they have to write their comments with three exclamation marks;
I'm just so excited!!!! This series surpasses anything that has ever been made!!! Anyone who can't enjoy this is just an idiot who doesn't understand the complexity!!!! Lynch is a genius!!!!
Do you think the arm will collect enough garmonbozia so the gold ball grows into a time field big enough that the eyeless woman will get trapped in the cube and the one armed man will turn into a gnome and there will be ten thousand different realities and everyone name will be dougie then we will cut to the Twin Peaks Sherrif a department where the resurrected Laura Palmer licks a water melon then flies theough a rainbow and becomes Windom earlea doppleganger so that the Bavarian illuminati make flying saucers come and abduct Major Briggs head and put it inside a coffee cup that Kyle Machlachlan and will say 'This coffee used to be damn fine---but now that I'm really old it just Goes straight down into the bedpan. Lol. Rofl. Hawk is an Indian. The only black person in this show is a prostitute but doesn't Agent Tamara Preston have a nice arse' <wink wink>
And now I feel better, and pouring myself a glass of red wine. Cheers therapy group! I'm so happy I found you!!