Agent Earle wrote:
Which brings me to NormoftheAndes' response: I hope what I just wrote makes it clear I was not trolling. I'm sorry if my cynical comment offended you in any way as that was not my intention. I'm not hiding the new season of my beloved show has left me disappointed, perhaps even profoundly, and I'm at a point where listening to fans trying to make sense of it all makes me tired and depressed, yet I'm unable to look away and part from it all, not just yet, anyhow. For what it's worth, I always try to avoid argumentation ad hominem during my ramblings here, and it never crossed my mind to label the show's creators as dishonest, ill-intentioned, senile etc. (though I'll admit Lynch trashing S2 just prior to the S3 premiere didn't make me any greater fan of his, to put it extremely politely) - I truly think what they gave us comes from their genuine creative process where they followed their muse and who they are as creators at the moment. It just wasn't (good enough) for me. I'd never go as far as some of the disappointed ones (Gabriel, sylvia_north ...) did, that is chucking out all my TP stuff, as TP's been an integral part of my life, of me, even, for too long. If a continuation of it ever happens (you make a good point with Lynch's comments about a "bronze" and "golden age"), I'll certainly give it a whirl, although I realize a return to the original creative recipe (a pinch of Engels & Peyton, for instance) is a pipe dream.
P.S.: Sorry for any grammatical errors, English is not my first language, and I have to work with what I have.
Great post Agent Earle.
Such a short post seemed like trolling to me but clearly that was not your intention so I apologise. I hope we can get on damn fine here.
In terms of the production, I think the final product was definitely shaped by that but I don't think that Lynch's penchant for secrecy really had much to do with that.
What I DO think had a major effect was the decision to go from 9 episodes to 18. Even though Showtime did offer more budget for that, I don't think that they DOUBLED the budget. It is well known that the production was operating as if it was a low-budget indie film. Over 9 episodes the budget could have looked pretty impressive, but stretched over 18 the minor increase in budget overall gives the show a certain quality which I would describe as 'evidently basic' at times! The camera set-ups and overall look is quite bare-bones I would say. That works well for certain scenes like in the trailer park sequences, but Ben's office for instance looks like a pretty obvious set. It doesn't feel lush, like the original show.
Another good example is part 8 - amidst 17 other episodes this one coalesces into a big mish-mash I feel, whereas if this was originally intended to be one of 9 then it would have stood out more. Sabrina Sutherland the exec. producer has said there were a couple of sequences which had to be dropped due to budget constraints. So, instead of some more impressive sequences we got more sequences involving Dougie and the office space, or the Buckhorn FBI set-up - another obvious set.
I am sure that the vortex special effect was deliberately wacky and lo-fi deliberately, but on the other hand this was still dictated by the budget somewhat.
I've got a huge love for season 3 but also a disappointment that is inevitable considering the shortcomings of the production. Showtime just didn't offer a substantial budget for what was planned in the script - but at the same time it seems like Lynch was given free reign to shoot that script however he wanted. I don't think that Frost had major disagreements or discussions with Lynch for how it would all be planned since they were both so happy at being given this chance and I think Frost is now very easy-going.
Do I think Lynch would have benefited from having Engels and Peyton also work on this season - absolutely! Do I think it suffered in the expansion from 9 episodes to 18? Definitely. I wonder if they really had enough material to fill 18 episodes - explaining the driftings longeurs of the Dougie storyline, the lightweight and rather throwaway Mitchums etc. Even the Buckhorn FBI scene are repetitive and feel forced at times.
Considering all of that, how s3 turned out is completely understandable. Its the inevitable result of having too much time that can't be substantially filled by the script they must have had fairly completed back in 2014. Expanding sections or adding extra scenes due to Showtime giving more episodes at that stage is always going to be apparent. Most significantly, give Lynch complete reign over those 18 episodes and you're asking for trouble. So you end up with something that is as baffling as INLAND EMPIRE mixed with delightful, fantastic scenes and other parts which feel less vital.
However, I am still optimistic because the behind-the-scenes make it very clear that Lynch was unhappy with the time restraints on set - linked to budget of course. But if they had not opted to film so many locations and with so many actors, wouldn't they have had more time and money for shooting at the Fireman's theatre?
At the Emmy's screening of part 18 for critics, Kyle said he would love to see Twin Peaks continue. I am not sure if Showtime would opt for another 18-part run. It might be more sensible to go for 10 episodes and focus more closely on a specific storyline, most likely centred around the place the show is named after. I do think that Lynch had a dogged determination to make season 3 the 'doppleganger/ tulpa' season and by that alone I see it as more of a loose story than any sort of ending.