GQ’s Culture blog published a piece written by Mark Byrne about why Twin Peaks does not deserve its current, second wave of popularity. I would say write it off, in the same way he suggested you write off one of the best television shows that has ever existed, but give it a read. And then come back.
Here’s the thing - I too discovered Twin Peaks due to the renaissance that it’s had over the last few years. But I didn’t want to. In fact, I originally wrote it off as something the hipsters had adopted as part of their quest to adopt everything from the 90s in some obnoxious cultural platform. I suspect the author of this article is of similar ilk, in fact. He originally watched the series because of a ‘brunch/Twin Peaks viewing party.’ Brunch? Twin Peaks party? You and those “other groups of twentysomethings all over Brooklyn.” Sigh.
Anyway, this general disdain kept me from watching it until my roommate suggested to me that I really should. Being a big TV person, I thought, what the hell. I’ll give it a try.
The first season, as even the author admits, is amazing. But here’s his reasoning for why it’s ultimately not worth the watch:
Even David Lynch admits that he wasn’t happy with the way Laura Palmer’s murder was resolved. The show was cancelled. By the time Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me came out, in 1993, no one gave a shit. People booed at Cannes. Metacritic has it rated at 28 out of 100.
On these grounds, I cannot argue with him. David Lynch, from what I understand, was pressured by higher-ups to resolve the Laura Palmer storyline and move onto something else. The current show ‘The Killing’ did not resolve the murder of Rosie Larsen until the Season 2 Finale, and I bet Lynch could’ve dragged out the Palmer case even longer had TP not been cancelled and he was allowed to do so.
The author also complains about the “weird” things that never get answers.
But the log lady? The dream sequence with the midget talking in reverse? James and his motorcycle? Lucy the dimwitted receptionist and her dimwitted lover Andy? Think about this critically for a second: Is it farce? Is it satire? Is David Lynch just fucking with you? Do you ever find out the answer? Is there an answer?
The Log Lady talks to the log because in the universe of the show, her husband was a lumberjack who died in a fire on their wedding night. Deputy Hawk and others often talk about how the wood in Twin Peaks ‘holds many spirits’, so it is possible that the spirit in the log is in fact her husband talking to her from beyond. If he wasn’t so busy pretending to be a fan, maybe he’d know this.