Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Lesson in "Twin Peaks" (Season 2a)
When one looks back to the late Eighties and early Nineties, it is probably fair to recognize that audiences were not quite ready to explore these ideas and questions. It was not yet main stream to consider things like the supernatural, and even more “out there” the demonic. It was still a couple years before shows like “The X Files” would signal a change in society to where we would be interested in the spiritual again.
Another aspect that sets “Twin Peaks” apart from other shows that would follow is the David Lynch factor. It is simply weird. That and it has a certain definitive “New Age” leaning. What would become acceptable and discussed a couple years later would be a much more ambiguous approach to this subject matter. Even when we became open to spiritual topics, we have still not embraced any I’ve-figured-everything-out, religious approach.
You need to get people to consider and ultimately accept the strong possibility of things supernatural before you start helping them find the answers about said broader reality.