I mean, I watched back then, I remember! They were huge and that certainly included Sherilyn and Audrey. But I also think it's undeniable that Audrey was marginalized - the Wheeler story was there, but the character and actor became decentralized, in favor of LFB and other things. And certainly, once FWWM was in place that had a big impact. I'm not saying it was right, because IMO it was wrong how she was handled in the latter half of Season 2. There were a lot of mistakes. It shouldn't have happened. At the same time, a massive part of what Twin Peaks means to me overall comes from the first half of Season 2 and especially FWWM.
I think hearing from fans that it should have become or remained the Cooper and Audrey show for years on the fan circuit created a false expectation for Sherilyn, and I think that influenced some of her behavior during production, not all of which I agree with. People don't have to agree with me there. But I am glad the story was changed, and I think the new material is far more compelling. I don't bear her any ill will; I think she takes too much stick from fans online, especially in recent years. She's a sweet person. I don't think Lynch hates her or she hates Lynch. I never believed the new show would be as good without Audrey, and I hope if there is more we get much more. I think it was a mistake for her to not remain as integral as a Laura or a Cooper (at least, I don't feel she did). I think Season 3, in a roundabout or imperfect way, went a fair bit of the way towards that. She is now an immortal part of a much deeper foundation and mystery than just the echoes of 1990, pre-Episode 14, pre-FWWM, LH, MD, etc.
I do think they had a large, strange story in mind for Season 3, and it was not all about Twin Peaks proper. But that was fine with me. I don't think they just slotted the characters in wherever they could haphazardly, though. I think the approach to the overall town and character landscape was much more episodic and vignette-like, much more similar to the structure of MD or the Missing Pieces than the original show. I get why that doesn't work for some people, but it did for me, for the most part. It bears little resemblance to the classical TV structure of the original series, yes. But that's okay for me too.
I know Sherilyn isn't alone in having mixed feelings on Season 3; I know Ray Wise has some. I'd have loved to see more of both of them. But as I've said recently, this is not new - a lot of the cast had issues with FWWM. They're entitled to that. And I think there's something to be said for a possible Season 4 being a bold attempt at 'classicism' - maybe going back to a more conventional episodic TV format of A, B and C-plots a la the '90s than the rambling wormhole of Season 3's structure. But the truth is I wouldn't mind more of the same either.
Put it this way: The difference between Season 3 and something like, say, Stranger Things 3 is elemental. I love Stranger Things, I really enjoyed its third season. But it's apples and oranges. ST3 gives me everything I want and expect from its characters and structure while expanding its narrative world, but it never expands it so far that my expectations of what it does or can be are truly ruptured or changed. And that's fine - it's not looking to change TV as we know it. It is a blockbuster movie in an eight-hour experience, it has specific notes and touchstones, that's great. I had a blast, I love the show, it does what it does very well.
By contrast, Season 3 of Twin Peaks did not give me everything I wanted and hoped for over lo however many years. It loved to turn left on my expectations or perceived wants or needs. It did not function or behave, as a program, the way a conventional narrative show does. Yet it gave me all I needed and more. It changed the show, and it changed me. Did I love every second? No. But I loved it just the same. I was fascinated and spellbound every week, I was constantly surprised. It has not left my mind since; there's always some trace there. Could I watch it every day: No. And it's imperfect. But it always was. And it just thrills me that this show still has that power.
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