Coffee, Cherry Pie, and Chevron: Getting Lost in the Dreamy World of Twin Peaks (Part 2)

Posted on May 23, 2017 in
I could talk about Twin Peaks until the day I keel over. Here's a continuation of the reasons why it's so easy to sink into the atmosphere of the show.

If you thought I was done talking about Twin Peaks, you’re wrong. I could probably talk about this show until the day I keel over. Let’s get to a continuation of all the reasons why it’s so easy to sink into the atmosphere of the show that’s given me a reason to get excited anytime somebody describes something as “wrapped in plastic.”

It’s Another Time, Another Place — And Yet It’s Here, Now

Even at its most supernatural, every bit of Twin Peaks feels real. In fact, a lot of the time it feels like its happening to you instead of in front of you. Watching Twin Peaks feels like an interaction, not a passive experience. It doesn’t feel like Earth, and yet it also creates this compelling connection that makes it feel absolutely human.

Okay, there is a good argument for Twin Peaks having some cheesy, super dated moments. Still, I argue that Twin Peaks transcends the early 90s. The fashion doesn’t feel very 90s to me, and the hairstyles are pretty diverse. Elements of the show remind me of every time period from the 1960s and on. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the aesthetic of the show never gets old.

There Is Always Something Lurking

Even when all seems well in the Twin Peaks universe, there are subtle clues that tell you this is not the case. The music, the dialogue, the lighting. It all creates this ambiance that reminds you that simply because you are at peace now does not mean you will be later. This is what allows the show to cross the line between whimsical and terrifying from minute to minute. By the way, that line is not as fine as you might have thought.

Kyle MacLachlan

Obviously. Kyle MacLachlan is the shining star of Twin Peaks. In fact, he’s the shining star of everything he’s in. We see so much of him throughout the two seasons, and yet we know so little about him. He remains a mystery in many ways, especially when we begin to see the lives of so many less significant characters flesh out. I am always left with the desire to know more about his world.

Everything Seems Intentional

Even when something isn’t intentional in Twin Peaks, it feels like it is. Everything feels like it is meant to be there, and David Lynch has really set up this world where you feel like everything means something — even if it doesn’t.

This scene really captures this idea:

Anyway, I have at least one more post in this series to wrap this all up. Then, I’ll start getting into my thoughts on the first four episodes of the show’s return.

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