Ross wrote:And the autobiography actually DID come out around that time. I have the USA Today article on the shows' return from hiatus (on March 28, 91) for the last six eps. And it includes a (very good) review for the Autobiography which it says "will be released early next week" (so beginning of April).
That makes so much more sense to me...I was wondering why I would come out so late in the season. Yet all I could find was the Amazon edition which placed it on May 1 (probably the paperback edition? or just someone misdating it?).
Ross wrote:Actually TP easily splits into four parts for me; Season 1, eps 8 thru 16 (End of Laura story), eps 17 thru 23 (up to the hiatus), and eps 24 thru 29 (final six).
Loved seeing the "welcome back to Twin Peaks"-type bumper at the beginning of episode 24 on the blu-ray!
I see the breakdown much the same. I'm planning an eventual post - tentatively scheduled for the 25th anniversary next year - in which I offer up my thoughts on the whole Twin Peaks saga alongside some context. I plan to take it section-by-section in exactly the way you split it, except I'll also discuss the pilot, the season two premiere, and the finale in isolation as well (as well as the deleted scenes, the published miscellany, the Log Lady intros, and of course FWWM).
I haven't figured out yet if I want to isolate the finale as a 2-parter or just the Lynch episode. Obviously Lynch's entry pretty much stands on its own today as the finishing touch on the series but - even though I'm not really a big fan of the Miss Twin Peaks episode (even LOVING that Windom Earle-black teeth moment early on) - I think #28 creates an interesting lead-in to #29, both narratively (sort of like #6 leads in to #7) but also thematically. There are a lot of elements, like the Twin Peaks ladies dancing while "wrapped in plastic" (raincoats, of course), and the Log Lady literally disappearing from the shot only to be "replaced" by Windom Earle in drag, which feel almost like (unintentional?) meta-commentary on some of the missteps the show had made after resolving the Laura mystery. It provides an appropriate build-up to #29's crescendo in which the teleplay and Lynch's direction virtually lay waste the town. Also, the final montage of #27 certainly feels like the end of "something."
So I'll probably break down my analysis like so, with the main parts of the narrative in caps (yeah, at this point I consider The Missing Pieces a major part of the overall narrative!). I also think this makes a fairly nifty viewing order for returning Twin Peaks fans. I'd tentatively offer it to newbies as well but advising them to watch deleted scenes before the feature has proven, ahem, controversial so maybe I should keep that opinion to myself for a while (oops too late!
). Obviously my overview will not be entirely chronological, in terms of creation anyway:
Atmospherics (just such a great entry into the world of Twin Peaks...)
Log Lady intros (w/ particular focus on the first)
SEASON ONE (with emphasis on two arcs: 1-3, as Coop settles into the town and Laura is buried & 4-7 as several investigations, amateur and professional alike, kick into gear)
SEASON TWO PREMIERE
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
(maybe the Diane tapes)
SEASON TWO: EP. 9-16 (with emphasis on two arcs: 9-12, as the two branches of the Laura mystery are intercut with the Audrey-One Eyed Jacks storyline, and 13-16 in which virtually all the narrative emphasis is put upon the resolution of the Laura mystery; I'd considered placing #15 & #16 with the subsequent episodes since even though they deal with the outcome of the Laura investigation they feel like the beginning of a general retreat which takes full-force in #17...but on re-watching them recently I think for all their flaws, they still feel very much of a piece with the rest of the Laura/Leland arc; ep. 16 in particular has threads and questions which will be picked up in FWWM even if I think the episode sometimes mishandles them)
SEASON TWO: EP. 17-23 (I've seen people place ep. 23 with the final group of episodes; it does introduce Wheeler and set up Annie and it is the first post-Evelyn episode, but because of Josie's story it feels like the conclusion of the mid-season arc to me, not the start of something new)
The Autobiography of Dale Cooper
(maybe the Access Guide)
SEASON TWO EP. 24-27 (I've also seen people claim ep. 25 is where it REALLY picks up since Coop gets suited up again and Lynch returns as Gordon Cole - plus ep. 24 has the infamous Pine Weasel riot; but 24 also just feels so much fresher to me than the previous episode, and we do meet Annie and get the Log Lady & Maj. Briggs to make some real progress on the Lodge lore for the first time)
THE TWO-PART FINALE (for reasons explained above, though I may change my mind on this)
THE MISSING PIECES (if considered as an actual part of the whole Twin Peaks narrative structure, they ONLY make sense to me here, which both serves as a nice segue between the thematic & stylistic worlds of the show and preserves FWWM as the proper conclusion of the story)
FIRE WALK WITH ME (with emphasis on the 2 parts: the first 40 minutes as our last abandonment of intermediaries in Laura's story, and then the Laura Palmer story as the culmination of what Twin Peaks has been building toward, even when it tries to run in the other direction)
Between Two Worlds
Atmospherics (because, why not? everything in Twin Peaks is cyclical anyway and everyone who finishes watching it always wants to start over at the beginning...)