Mr. Reindeer wrote:While I’m overall loving the book so far, the “objective” chapter on the original TP series is not very insightful. The quotes and anecdotes are nice (particularly thoughts Ontkean contributed in October 2016, a year after he had opted out of S3). But there is remarkably little new insight (perhaps inevitably, given how well Brad Dukes picked this ground over). It skips around the show’s production randomly, and barely grazes the surface of DKL’s involvement with the show post-Pilot (it barely even touches on the production of Episode 29, which must be loaded with great stories!). It also has some careless misinformation, and one gets the sense that McKenna doesn’t know the show super well: she says parts of the Pilot were shot in the Malibu woods and in a San Fernando Valley warehouse (untrue—that’s where the SERIES was shot)
Agree with you on feeling a bit disappointed by the Twin Peaks chapter. Same goes for the Twin Peaks Season 3 chapter, actually.
I wonder, though, if the mentions of the Malibu woods and warehouse for the pilot are kinda accurate though (sorta). The warehouse being where they filmed the Red Room sequence for the European ending (which, I think, was filmed very soon after they wrapped pilot filming in WA, and it was definitely on a Los Angeles soundstage). And maybe the Malibu woods is where they did the re-shoot of the scene of James and Donna in the woods in the pilot?
It's interesting about that scene - Mark Frost tells a story in the Secrets from Another Place documentary about how Lynch wanted to keep Lara Flynn Boyle and James Marshall out in the cold in WA for that scene and wouldn't let them get warmed up, and needed the right emotion from it. But I read or watched a James Marshall interview not long ago where he mentioned that scene actually had to be re-shot later. And here's the thing - when I rewatched the pilot last month (during a series review), I gasped at how very obvious it is that the finished scene in the pilot of James and Donna in the woods clearly contains footage of the two actors from the original shoot and also the re-shoot, and yet I somehow never noticed it. When James and Donna are standing close to each other and talking, before and after their kissing, notice Lara Flynn Boyle in her various close-ups. Her hairstyle (and the lighting on her) changes pretty drastically from take to take if you're paying careful attention. Kind of curly hair in the scenes filmed in the cold in WA, and hair combed very straight down in other shots. Is this something everybody else has noticed for years? The only LFB continuity error that always bugged me before this was the disappearing and reappearing right earring she wears in Episode 26 or whenever she follows her mom to the Great Northern.