IcedOver wrote:mtwentz wrote:Instead of one central mystery, there are numerous interlocking mysteries (what is Doppelcoop after, who is trying to kill DoppelCoop, what is the thing in the box, where did Laura go, etc?). So the sense of mystery is still there, however the plot is much more complex (and thus much richer) this time.
The original show had many interlocking plotlines as well, but it was that central hook that tied them all together which caused people to pay attention. This show has mysteries, but Lynch has gone out of his way not to develop any of them (yet), and they're not as relatable to casual fans. We know the same amount as we did the first week. The central mystery, I guess, is who is behind this all and what is Evil Coop's ultimate goal (hopefully not to be just a drug kingpin hanging out with scum). The original show intrigued people because it melded surrealism and traditional soap opera storytelling. This is just surrealism and absurdist elements, which is fine, but it's also not even that weird to be honest. The interest in 1990 was because none of us had been exposed to anything like that before. Today weird and dark elements on a TV show are nothing new, and it's being met with indifference.
I really don't get the notion that this isn't that weird. It's the weirdest show I've ever seen on a major TV channel. Everything about it is unorthodox and contributes to this feeling, from the pacing to the plotting to the structure to the performances to the choices made in both cinematography and effects. It's all disorienting and weird to me, and just for some background I say this as someone who's seen Inland Empire 18 or 19 times. To the average viewer, I think the show's weirdness is probably positively bracing. I think it's being met with indifference, as you say, because it actually is that different.