In this edition of The Weekly Set, we discuss the winner of our Fall 2014 Show Club, Twin Peaks. We will be watching 6 episodes of Twin Peaks every week, and then posting our discussions of the episodes in that week’s Weekly Set roundtable. We would then like to engage you, our readers, in on the conversation with us in the comments. Those of you interested in participating, we will be discussing the first 6 episodes of the series next week on October 10th. Episodes of the series can be streamed on Netflix, Hulu Plus, or through various pay per episode services, such as Amazon Instant, and iTunes.
Tyson: So, lets start by announcing the winner for our Fall 2014 Show Club, Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks ran for 30 Episodes, and had a movie as well. The series ran from April 8th 1990 until June 10th, 1991 which pre-dates The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a significant serialized television series. So have any of you watched Twin Peaks?
Will: Nope, know next to nothing about it.
Kat: I have – but it’s been a year and a half since I did.
Tyson: I have only seen a scene here or there, it is one of my deepest shames as a TV viewer.
Kat: shame shame
Tyson: Now I get to rectify that shame.
Will: Hey I’m excited.
Tyson: Twin Peaks was created by infamous art-house director David Lynch, best known for directing Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and all other manner of creepy unsettling surrealistic films. Do any of you have experience with the works of David Lynch?
Will: Eh, not really.
Kat: The only other work of his that i’ve seen is Dune.
Tyson: I didn’t even know he was involved in Dune.
Kat: Yeah…it’s really weird in a predictably David Lynch way. He actually directed it. I’m still kind of relieved the man didn’t direct Return of the Jedi – that would’ve been much too weird.
Tyson: I have seen maybe 4 or 5 of his films. Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, a few others.
Will: I saw Lost Highway but I can’t remember any of it.
Tyson: That sounds about right. His movies are known to have a dream like quality to them. They can take you places.
Kat: I’m not surprised to hear that. From what I have seen, he’s a pretty unusual auteur.
Tyson: I actually saw him in person once, and scared him off. (Laughs) I saw him in front of a cupcake store in Burbank, CA called Yummy Cupcakes, he was wearing a full suit. I was in a car with 2 other people and was trying to point him out to the others. I kept saying “over there, on the corner, in the suit, that’s David Lynch.” They weren’t noticing him, so I was getting rather animated, trying to point him out. When they finally noticed him he was running away.
Will: Ha ha that’s great.
Tyson: Seeing him out in the world is strange, he is just a strange guy. I read once that he ate at Bob’s Big Boy on Riverside Drive every day for lunch at exactly the same time for around a year.
Kat: I’ve seen a few interviews…and yeah…
Tyson: So back to the show, it is readily available to watch. Twin Peaks is available to stream on Netflix and Hulu Plus, and individual episodes can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes, and most other digital services. How do you guys plan on watching it?
Tyson: Same here, going to Chromecast it from Netflix. How about you Kat?
Kat: Netflix for me too.
Tyson: Is that how you watched it the first time?
Kat: Yep. How many episodes are you thinking you’d like to tackle?
Tyson: Well lets discuss that. We will have 5 roundtable discussions of the show, 1 posted every Friday starting next week. So if we agree to watch 6 episodes a week we can complete the whole series. Any thoughts?
Will: Sounds reasonable to me.
Kat: Hmm, is there any way we could pick a smaller handful of episodes? Between the fall season and everything else in my life, I don’t know if I have time for that much.
Tyson: We could step it down a bit. How does 4 sound? Just because the Show Club eventually concludes, doesn’t mean we have to stop watching the series either.
Kat: Maybe if it works for you, since I’ve already seen it, maybe I could let y’all watch the six a week and I’ll watch a select few over the next few weeks to refresh myself on the series. And keep up with the discussions.
Tyson: That works too, since you have seen it. You can just watch a few here and there to be fresh for the discussions.
Kat: Works for me.
Tyson: So we are down for 6 a week then? any objections?
Will: Not any from me, that equals an episode a day. I think I can handle it.
Tyson: Cool then, 6 a week it is. I just noticed that next April marks the 25th anniversary of the series. Maybe we could revisit the series again at that time. Perhaps we can watch the movie and discuss it.
Kat: That could be interesting. I’d also love to discuss the origins of how the series came to be, and its continuing impact – as both are super interesting, and monumental for the landscape of television.
Tyson: Yeah, perhaps we can announce a Twin Peaks week… half a year in advance. (Laughs) So are you guys going to watch alone, or try and pull anybody else in with you?
Will: Watch it alone.
Tyson: I am going to try and rope some friends in for the ride.
Kat: I’ll probably watch it alone, though my sister recently got into it.
Tyson: Get her in the comments. The best possible way this can work is to have our roundtables continue into the comments.
Will: Yeah for sure
Tyson: So any last thoughts for this roundtable?
Kat: So we meet here same time next week and discuss the first batch of episodes then?
Tyson: Yep, same time next week, unless that doesn’t work for you guys.
Kat: Works for me.
Will: Works for me. I’m looking forward to watching Twin Peaks for the first time
Have you seen Twin Peaks? Will you be watching with us? Tell us in our comments. Keep up with TVEnthusiast’s The Weekly Set as we watch through Twin Peaks this Fall, and stay tuned for more coverage of all of your favorite shows.