Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

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Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Little Nicky
21
15%
James/Evelyn Marsh Storyline
49
36%
Ben Horne Civil War
19
14%
Audrey and John Wheeler
11
8%
Nadine in High School
11
8%
Packard/Eckhardt Battle
4
3%
Josie as a maid
1
1%
Leo as a vegetable
0
No votes
Donna and her true father
2
1%
Donna and James season two
4
3%
Milford/Lana
8
6%
Other (Please specify in comments)
6
4%
 
Total votes: 136
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Re: Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Postby Agent Earle » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:20 am

claaa7 wrote: the only thing is that James voice clearly sounds heavily studio manipulated which makes it a little weird, but so what...


When I was a wee lad, I always thought James' voice distortion has to do something with his microphone (I pictured the latter as a gadget that you could "program" and get it to transform your voice into whatever color, intonation, melody, etc. you'd want). Oh, the naivety of childhood :)
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Re: Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Postby tmurry » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:12 am

Wow, no one chose Josie as the Maid (that was in my top 3 for sure).

The James/Donna plot had its share of weak moments, but when I think of them I always recall their beautiful scene together at the Roadhouse in episode 14.


Has anyone ever heard the theory/rumor that the turning point between early and late Lynch was Mary Sweeny talking to him about this scene in the editing bay? That this was the point where his interest in women as objects turned into an obsession with feminine subjectivity? I've always kind of liked this idea, supportable or not.
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Re: Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Postby Rainwater » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:32 am

Agent Earle wrote:
claaa7 wrote: the only thing is that James voice clearly sounds heavily studio manipulated which makes it a little weird, but so what...


When I was a wee lad, I always thought James' voice distortion has to do something with his microphone (I pictured the latter as a gadget that you could "program" and get it to transform your voice into whatever color, intonation, melody, etc. you'd want). Oh, the naivety of childhood :)

The funniest thing to me is that it sounds quite a bit like Lynch's vocals in the music he's released.
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Re: Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Postby claaa7 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:46 am

Rainwater wrote:
Agent Earle wrote:
claaa7 wrote: the only thing is that James voice clearly sounds heavily studio manipulated which makes it a little weird, but so what...


When I was a wee lad, I always thought James' voice distortion has to do something with his microphone (I pictured the latter as a gadget that you could "program" and get it to transform your voice into whatever color, intonation, melody, etc. you'd want). Oh, the naivety of childhood :)

The funniest thing to me is that it sounds quite a bit like Lynch's vocals in the music he's released.


YES! it definitely does, the "Strange What Love Does..." and that stuff. not too big on Lynch's music on its own tbh, but when coupled with his other art it can create tremenedous experiences.
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Re: Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Postby mine » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:47 am

The Windom Earle storyline used as the main plot once Laura's murder was resolved.

I tend to be mainly interested in plots and storylines over characters in TV shows. I think most plot driven shows work on a sensible balance between the main plot and the various peripheral B plots who's main purpose tends to be to dilute the main plot. For me as long as the main plot is interesting I have little issue with the other storylines since I have that to look forward to.
As long as Laura's murder mystery was the main plot Twin Peaks had a great balance between the main plot and the rest. The minor storylines just like Laura's murder were for the most part secrets of the town so Twin Peaks was always front and center in the narrative.
With Earle, Twin Peaks and it's inhabitants became the backdrop for on old feud of Coop's. So the balance was thrown off. To make it worse the plot seemed to be barely thought out which made it relatively uninteresting all considered.
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Re: Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Postby Metamorphia » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:38 am

The Civil War stuff really is the nadir.

I actually think the James sub-plot in S2 is somewhat underrated. It's fine (and also a nice precursor for the better applied Lost Highway).
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Re: Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Postby claaa7 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:40 pm

i never thought the James Hurley storyline was that awful either... it was a bit cheesy, but it did manage to capture some noir feeling from time to time which at least was a welcome change from all the ultra silly stories about Nadine behaving like an 11 year old with superhuman strength, the Lucy, Andy and Dick Show (although I do love Ian McChannan - what a star, he was obviously so good that Lynch and Frost wanted him as the main guy on "On The Air" which worked like a charm).

the James / Evelyn storyline, while feeling like it belonged on a different series at times, at least had some nice images and some really nice musical themes that i don't think had been introduced before. on my latest rewatch the ones i really felt like fast forwarding through was The Civil War stuff and Nadine as an 11 year old trapped in a grown woman's body thinking she's 18. and then you got Windom Earle, my god what a goofy character. there's a scene where Annie and Cooper is out on the pond and at the gazebo having a picnic and then the director zooms out to reveal that Windom Earle is disguised as a fisher with big binoculars looking right at them and laughing this big archetypical Joker type of villain laugh.... horrendous!
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Re: Least Favorite Storyline in Twin Peaks

Postby bluefrank » Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:00 pm

I went for James/Evelyn - and I'm not surprised to discover that it tops the chart.

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