mtwentz wrote:Imagine if the only Twin Peaks had been the European Pilot- it would have ended with a mysterious confrontation with BOB in the boiler room and an even more mysterious scene 25 years later in a Red Room with Cooper, Laura (or her lookalike) and LMFAP. Lynch fans would have been debating the ending for years, with no one point of view on the ending being any more or less valid than that of any other person's point of view.
Now, it's not everyone's cup of tea to end on such an ambiguous note. But for those of us who enjoy that kind of thing, it is delicious, a special and rare treat
Yeah I dont like to waste my time debating about hypothetical scenarios like this. Pilots aren't seen if they aren't picked up, and the European would not have existed if it wasn't picked up in the US from my understanding.
That said, TP is the most talked about of DL's work because of its longevity, cultural significance, stand out unique quality. The pilot would have been a curiosity for niche cinephiles who loved EH and Dune and Elephant Man, but without the massive career making power of TP, most of us wouldn't be here. There's nothing to theorize about for years because it'd just be an obscure failed pilot with a funny midget sequence, and MD's raw pilot --which I've seen-- didn't lend itself to any theorizing. MD pilot is a forgettable curiosity, not to mention the fact that the Lynch fans like me wouldn't have seen it, or the early short films, if TP didn't make his career and the demand for ephemera like this ,and the very existence of MD, or WAH or LH possible. IE was ambiguous but there's not much to say about it, the slapped on Cooper dream is surely less interesting than DL's last feature. This line of speculation is an intellectual dead end. The Pilot can't even be compared to the sprawling mediocrity that was TR. If the opening parts of TR which are also intensely captivating- as its own beast or as a dreamy late coda to TP - stopped there I don't believe we'd discuss them for years either, for what it's worth. They are showy and entertaining for sure, but short on the substance of WKLP.
Furthermore, 'DL is not a good storyteller or good at logic' is absolutely criticism
expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments.
2.expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art.
Frost is observing faults and merits here for better or worse. Everything that isn't out and out wanking Lynch off is not begging for strawman defenses. Frost didn't say anything about an ambiguous ending, and you don't need a refined palate to appreciate ambiguity. People can stop congratulating themselves on this kind of thing in a thread where the thrust is shining a light on the same sloppiness Frost is talking about.
ps I love MD and LH and their ambiguity. Recently saw All is Lost and that ending was moving and enchanting and profound, and I love playing with time paradoxes- Triangle starring MD's Melissa George- did that particularly well. These conceits are not TR's failures, though you are correct some people dont like open endings and mind bends and some people do. That goes without saying.