Welcome to TVEnthusiast’s The Weekly Set round-table discussion. In this edition, we cover the second week of the TVE Fall 2014 Show Club, discussing Twin Peaks. This week we will be talking about Episodes 7 through 12 (Season 1 episode 7 through season 2 episode 4) of the iconic series.
Tyson: So first of all, I have to say that my interest in the series has greatly expanded with this weeks 6 episodes.
Will: It has gotten more interesting.
Tyson: Definitely, and season 2 has dramatically ramped up the quality of the show
Kat: Wow, that’s kind of surprising to hear. I feel like it’s usually viewed the other way around, with the first season better than the second. Though, the first did have the benefit (kind of) of being shorter.
Will: That’s what I hear Kat, so I’m worried it’s gonna get worse.
Tyson: Well I’ve only seen 4 episodes of season 2 so far, but the production values are better, they are doing more interesting camera work, and the art direction has ramped up.
Will: For sure.
Tyson: So far I really like season 2, though, again, I am only 4 episodes in.
Will: Me too.
Kat: Well, I hope you still like it – I enjoyed the second season myself.
Tyson: So lets start with episode 7 of season 1, in which Cooper goes undercover, and so does Audrey.
Will: Ah yes that was fun.
Tyson: I am liking Audrey more and more.
Will: She has become one of my favorite characters.
Tyson: She has guts, and she is a good match for Cooper, smart and a bit wild. They have great chemistry.
Will: Yeah definitely, It was pretty ballsy of her to get herself involved with One Eyed Jack.
Tyson: I loved the scene where she was using the porcelain mask to conceal her identity from her father, while playfully rebuking his advances (he not knowing who she is).
Will: Oh yeah that was great, and creepy, because her dad was (Unknowingly) trying to seduce her. Eeewwww.
Kat: I love both Audrey and Cooper, but I couldn’t get behind their pairing because of the age difference. Too oogey.
Will: Yeah way to oogey for a romantic pairing.
Tyson: I like them paired. Less romantically, more just as a friendship. I also like Cooper and the Sheriff’s bromance. So besides Cooper and Audrey, we got to see Maddy pretend to be Laura in order to lure Dr Creepy Shrink away from his apartment.
Will: Ah yes, Who attacked the Doc?
Tyson: Well, we got a confession on that is season 2, but we’ll address that later, anything else to say about episode 7?
Will: Yeah, Donna and James took the second half of the heart pendant from the Doc and also retrieved a cassette with Laura confessing things to the Doc.
Tyson: It is fun having all these little micro investigations.
Will: Keeps it interesting.
Kat: A lot of the Maddy as Laura stuff was appropriately creepy, as I recall.
Tyson: Yeah, she seemed to take some strange pleasure in playing the part too.
Will: She seemed too into it.
Tyson: Lets head into the season 1 finale, shall we, it was eventful. Mill Gate is in full effect.
Will: Yup, burn baby burn.
Tyson: Ben and Jerry seem to have trouble picking their distinct flavor of deception and conspiracy.
Will: And Leo has his wife all tied up.
Tyson: Yeah, Leo went off the rails. Actually, lets backtrack a bit. We should talk about Leo murdering the bird.
Will: Oh yeah, it makes you wonder how, and to what extent, he was involved.
Tyson: At the very least he seemed to have a rather complicated sexual relationship with Laura.
Tyson: Yeah, wasn’t he having group sex with her, and the guy from the casino?
Will: To be honest, I have no idea what was happening, maybe.
Kat: Laura certainly got around.
Tyson: It seemed to me that Laura, Leo, the casino guy, the coma girl, and more were involved in some messed drug induced sex adventure.
Will: Yeah, there was bondage and sex involved for sure.
Tyson: Back to the finale now. Cooper was able to get a real suspect, and Deputy Dipshit actually saved the day.
Will: Ha ha yeah who would’ve thunk?
Kat: “Deputy Dipshit”? (Laughs)
Tyson: That guy just makes me laugh, I still laugh remembering Cooper hitting him in the head with a rock, and nobody caring.
Will: Tyson has clearly channeled Albert.
Tyson: So Mill Gate deepens. On Ben’s orders Leo tries to kill Catherine, who Ben was also conspiring with. Hank seems to be conspiring with both Ben and Josie (who seemed so innocent).
Will: Josie. Poor Sheriff Truman is gonna be so disappointed.
Tyson: Leo’s plot to take out his wife with Catherine and then kill Bobby with an axe, lead to Bobby witnessing Hank shooting Leo, on Ben’s orders, to clean up loose ends apparently.
Kat: It’s almost like you need a chart to keep track of who’s sleeping with who, and who’s been contracted to kill who (and for what reason).
Will: Yeah, I feel that way.
Will: I’m honestly having trouble keeping everything straight, but that’s part of the appeal for me.
Kat: Definitely. The intricacy is what makes it all so intriguing.
Tyson: So Leo is in a coma, but he isn’t alone, because Nadine had a little pill popping adventure.
Will: Comas. Comas. Comas. Come and get your Comas.
Tyson: And of course there is still coma girl from the pilot.
Will: Yup, everyone will be in a coma by show’s end.
Tyson: A deconstruction of the second biggest soap opera trope, after amnesia.
Tyson: Two more major points from the finale. First, Laura’s dad killed the casino suspect
Will: I wasn’t surprised when it panned up to reveal his face
Tyson: I was kind of expecting a last second misdirect
Will: And then Cooper. Bang bang.
Tyson: Cooper got shot 3 times in his own room.
Will: Lifting his vest to get a tick.
Tyson: That would have been a hard cliffhanger to wait for, back in the day.
Will: Yeah, Netflix certainly softened the blow there.
Kat: I know, right?
Will: If Cooper died I wouldn’t have even bothered with the rest.
Tyson: It would have been hard for sure.
Kat: Oh, the show wouldn’t work without Cooper.
Will: Yeah, who would replace cooper? Albert? Can you imagine?
Tyson: Lets get into season 2, I have been dying to talk about this stuff. Season 2 episode 1. (Laughs) Funniest opening scene I have seen in a show in quite some time. “I’ve heard about you.” *thumbs up*
Will: Oh my god, that old guy
Tyson: I could not stop laughing.
Will: It did not phase him that Cooper was shot.
Tyson: I loved how Cooper initially tried to get him to help, but then just gave up.
Will: The way he slowly and awkwardly moved about.
Tyson: And he kept coming back.
Kat: Hee hee hee
Will: Ha ha yeah, he just hung up the phone. (Laughs)
Tyson: “Does this include gratuity?”
Tyson: I had to pause the show to laugh when Cooper started signing the check.
Will: I noticed also that this is where the show starts to embrace the weirdness more.
Tyson: The comedy of it, for sure.
Kat: Oh, for sure.