notmypresident: (Scream red)
Though it's taken me a couple of days to mention it, I quite enjoyed the Sunday premiere or "Twin Peaks: The Return." My free trial for the Showtime channel allowed me access to the live feed from the East Coast, so I was able to watch the first two "Twin Peaks" episodes in 26 years along without the typical three-hour West Coast delay. Exciting!

Binge watching the original two seasons refreshed my memory as to many of the show's details, but it also highlighted how original writers Mark Frost and David Lynch would often veer into silly — and boring, actually — soap opera territory. It was something the creators themselves gave a meta wink to via the in-show soap opera, "Invitation to Love." It seems clear now that these little ventures were stalling tactics designed to stretch out the central premise of Who Killed Laura Palmer? Frost and Lynch have reportedly said that they never wanted to reveal the identity of Laura's killer, but I find it hard to believe that even they would think that an audience would continue to watch a mystery that is never answered.

I suppose it could also be argued that the original show was hobbled by the nature and censorship of TV at the time. Prime time TV in 1990 could only scratch the surface of the psychosexual nature of the central evil that permeated the bucolic Washington town, and so Frost/Lynch were forced to incorporate more acceptable elements. But the writers — who are now once again handling the script — are no longer working with such restrictions in this revival. In just its first two episodes "Twin Peaks: The Return" set out to show viewers just what it's capable of, with plenty of nudity and violence and... weirdness. Lots and lots and lots of weirdness.

Director Lynch is off and running with the new freedoms afforded "Twin Peaks." Scenes no longer have to be fashioned with an eye toward commercial interruptions, and so there are some that are merely long, extended soundscapes. It feels at times like Lynch is back in his "Eraserhead" mode, where sound is just as important as words. He's also upped the bizarre aspect of the both the script and its visuals (though I think he's having a bit too much "fun" with opticals that are otherwise quite unnecessary). My father would last about thirty seconds before crying out "What the hell is this shit?" But instead of feeling like soap opera filler, all the weirdness feels like part of a big story, one that makes me want to find out more. I know that not all questions will be answered, but I'm in it for the ride.

My only decision is whether to continue the subscription or to wait for inevitable Blu-ray. I think I'm inclined toward the latter option, even though Showtime has already released the first four episodes for streaming. I'm not sure that's a practice the channel will continue, however. I think myself safest bet would be to wait for the Blu-ray. The mystery will keep until then.

And now it's time for Another Hot Guy.

notmypresident: (Shocked Marilyn)
Good lords, how in the world did I miss this bit of renewal news?

Fox Renews "The Exorcist"

I mean, my jaw just dropped. I had assumed it was fait accompli that this show was dead and buried. Guess that shows why I'm not working in Hollywood.

Cut to Another Hot Guy.