So I find myself asking the worst possible question:
Would we have seen something better, if Lynch had indeed walked away from the project?
Now there's a question. You are very brave for uttering it! I don't know. I think Peaks needs Lynch. But it also needs Frost and without being privy to them working together, how much input each had and how much balance there was in that input, it's a tough one to judge. Dare I also say that maybe in the end it wasn't the cut Frost wanted, maybe that is why they weren't seen together at the launch, maybe he wasn't happy with what was finally cut - but that would be total conjecture and guesswork and I have no way of knowing either way. Either way they both got a huge pay cheque out of it.
They are both likely to be changed by time and life experiences. So their output would likely change with it. However they are both smart enough to be able to write and style in a similar way to how they did before. I have a real issue with people who say that it would be 'fan servicing' like there is something wrong with giving people what they want. After all, we are the ones who made the first two series a success and held the flame for it all these years. I think it could definitely be considered a selfish and egotistical move to not consider those who loved the world they created. There's way too much of that in the world enough already. There is a legacy there, that they created, so to just disregard it in a careless manner, as it appears, is very shortsighted.
Sadly this does feel like other shows I have seen of late. I also echo Mtsi's post that it feels like watching a stage play without music on it and yes, Chrysta's acting is the human equivalent of a Douglas fir.
I respectfully disagree.
The ultimate form of disrespect in art is delivering the product that the people want, disregarding the artist's own feelings. X-Files has demonstrated that.
When you look at a Dali painting, he wasn't thinking about you, or me. He was expressing his own soul. Same when you read a book that is not commercial in nature.
Now, the artist's job when picking up an old product is to find some balance between what was, and what is. Right now we're judging 1/5 of a product, it's the equivalent of looking at the top right corner of the Starry Night... a big yellow dot on a blue canvas. Obviously it's more complex, and the artist himself told us that this product has to be seen as a whole.
Now, we have been offered 'glimpses of hope', that is we have seen parts of the old Twin Peaks. We don't really know how they are in the big design of things, in the big canvas of Twin Peaks. It is clear that the legacy isn't forgotten. Admit that you, like me, melted when Bobby saw Laura's picture and cried. Worse, he kept crying and no one even went to confort him, they actually just stared at him. Even Lucy and Andy. Heck, even Hawk didn't say anything to Bobby.
But Laura is there, and Leland even told Cooper to find her (that is, find the soul of the show).
In any case the last thing I wanted, personally, is a nostalgia fest, a product that was designed to replicate my feelings of the 1990's. Although Laura's theme from the originals will always give me goosebumps, I am a different man. I was 11 or so, and now I am 36, I live in a different continent, and I have a family and children.
Heck I am even appreciating the original series even more now.
Yesterday I was watching with my 10yo kid the scene in the originals after Cooper was shot.
Well, I appreciated that discussed scene because (spoiler from 3 and 4):
Of course, I am not criticizing your point of view in itself. As any piece of art, some will love it, some will just enjoy it, some will be meh, and others will hate it. They are all valid expressions.
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