ozziejohn wrote:Having given it a few days since the finale, I feel that I really ought to state my allegiance to the profoundly satisfied!
This series was confounding, creepy, funny....everything I wanted really.
I've been stunned by the the Profoundly Disappointed thread - so hard to see what the dislike is all about. Posters over there have been falling over themselves to throw the most outlandish insults at the series and it's creators.
I'm convinced that TPTR breaks the fourth wall throughout and makes the viewer an integral part of the series rather than simply a passive recipient - the hanging plot lines, the unseen events, the long quiet spaces filled only with the interpretations and thoughts buzzing around your own head; these are not sloppiness or disdain for the audience - they are all intentional devices to bring you into the experience, to make you a co-creator... It's an experimental approach that obviously hasn't worked for some people.
I have loved the unresolved questions - what happened to Becky and Steven, who really IS Red, why was the janitor-guy so cagey with the police before Ruth Davenport's body was found, who was the 1-1-9 girl....not having answers gives you space to think, to have possibilities buzzing endlessly in your mind...
Lynch's exhortation to #keepthemysteryalive didn't just refer to the idea of avoiding spoilers during the show's airing, but is a core principle of the show itself.
I really like the cut of your jib. As far as I am concerned that was a superbly perceptive and honest post very clearly articulated, and refreshingly free of unnecessary hyperbole.
It might sound hackneyed to throw this in here, but I think it's very true: art is not an object to consume alongside other products but a way of engaging with objects and images and relating to them -- and sometimes not knowing how to engage but discovering it in the process. Some would add, good art is always this demanding, placing a claim on the viewer's attention and thoughtfulness. It's definitely a two way street, and requires quite a bit of effort. There's certainly no guarantees that everyone will feel as rewarded for the time and thought they put into it.