sylvia_north wrote:David Lynch *is* prestige TV. He and Frost, already prestigious from his Hill Street Blues acclaim, was possibly the first to deserve that title. He is no longer indie, he is no longer the adventurer rebel. He has access to massive audiences, corporate support, because of his respected brand of deliberate weirdness that in its current incarnation had anyone else’s name on it would be ignored but must always be called refreshing because of said prestige. Prestige TV is the industry elite’s embrace of high art, thanks to Lynch, mixed with low-brow titallliation to capitalize on the widest possible audience.
That's easy to say devoid of context, but in practice it's not factual. Mainstream prestige TV - meticulously plotted for story and characters beats, often years in advance - bears no resemblance to Lynch's work as we know it, certainly not Season 3. In fact, the lack of so many of those things is a crucial part of many of the complaints (not mine, but they're there!) in this thread.
Try to draw a line between the production and manufacture of Game of Thrones, Westworld, Fargo, etc. to that of Season 3. It's difficult to impossible. Performers on S3 often had next to no script, no schedule, some written on napkins the day of, some actors given a call date practically the night before. Scenes made up on set because Lynch liked the idea of a hangout scene for Cole, Tammy and Diane smoking cigarettes. FX and edits don't match. The mysterious shapeshifting RR Diner at night. I can go on and that's not even getting into the above issues re: story and character.
Vegas Elvis still trotted out the old chestnut hits we were oversaturated with already, but then found most success doing what everyone else had been doing in the genre he created
Except no one is doing what Lynch did with Season 3. For better or worse, no one else could get away with it.
If it validates your view of Season 3 to claim it is somehow of a piece with other popular TV of 2017-18 today, hey, go for it. I'm just not sure you'll get many takers on that view either among the season's fans or non-fans.
anything in TP3 can mean whatever you want it to mean which makes theorizing a go-nowhere game.
That viewpoint hasn't been new since 1990, nor has it stopped anyone since 1990.