Gabriel wrote:There's a hilariously long review of TPTR in the Daily Telegraph which reads as a desperate luvvie attempt to justify not just liking the series, but calling it a 'masterpiece.'
It's got barely any comments on it and you'll have to search for it, because clearly no one's bothered to read it.
And that's the thing with the new show: the original, whether it provoked love or derision, provoked 'water cooler' discussion. This show has provoked discussion on interest group forums and that's it. Any friends I have who are fans laugh about it. The only discussions over beers we've had are about how mental the whole thing has been, how incompetent the whole thing is and how it was ever allowed to be broadcast in the state it was delivered. It's a lesson in not giving someone total creative control.
Most people simply don't care about the show – as a fan of the original and FWWM, my view of Lynch's work has been irrevocably tarnished. My brother, who was a bigger fan than me, ditched the show after part four.
Rather than being seen as some 'great experiment,' at best TPTR will be a minor footnote. As I say, I'm fascinated to read Mark Frost's book, because it might well be the best indication of what the original script was about and of the differences in viewpoints of the two creators.
How many modern shows do produce "water cooler" discussion though? Game of Thrones? The Walking Dead (maybe in its early seasons)? We live in a world that's so much more saturated now - and given how Twin Peak's time in the public limelight was so fleeting anyway, what made you think a continuation of it (and a continuation of Lynch and Frost's styles and interests 25 years on) would see it be anything but what it is now?
It will only be seen as a "minor footnote" in your angry view of all those who seem to like it. It's been received very well and will likely only grow in its critical appreciation, no matter how you try to demean those who hold opposing views to your own. Whether you reply or whether you're on another of your endless forum exile/return cycles I don't know.