Tuesday, January 29, 2013
"Twin Peaks" (Season 1)
Season one is a mere 8 episodes long. In a word it is weird. But it is also more than just a strange Soap Opera built on the premise of a murder mystery. It is a story about a small, idyllic village from a seemingly innocent, simpler time. The truth however, is that Twin Peaks is a community where evil is hidden, dark, and as bad or worse than anything the more “modern” metro area has to offer. This is no surprise to anyone who has lived in a small town. Whereas strange behavior and lifestyles are a visible rarity in large urban areas sprawling with humanity; small towns seem to teem with human weaknesses bubbling just below the surface.
In most mystery stories we get one of two scenarios. Either we don’t know what is going on and are trying to solve the puzzle with the detective, or we know the facts and enjoy watching the detective figure things out. In this case, no one knows anything. There are any number of clandestine wrongs being committed. However, the closest thing to detection going on in “Twin Peaks” is dream interpretation or perhaps some subconscious character judgment by way of rock pitching.
Since season one is all complex set-up, ultimate judgment must be withheld a bit.