On this installment of The Weekly Set, Tyson, Will, and Kat catch up on the events of episodes 19 through 24 of Twin Peaks in our penultimate discussion of the series for Fall Show Club 2014. The discussion is a bit looser this week, and Kat suffered some internet issues that kept her involvement low, unfortunately.
Tyson: Okay, lets begin.
Will: DAVID DUCHOVNY IN DRAG!
Tyson: (Laughs) Lets start off by checking in on how we feel about these post Leland episodes.
Will: Not as good as the previous episodes.
Tyson: Yeah, they were definitely a downer for me, though things picked up by the end.
Will: Well things certainly got stranger by the end.
Kat: Hee hee hee. I’m so glad we’ve reached this point in the show’s run.
Kat: The David Duchovny stuff, that is.
Tyson: Awww. Yeah, I wasn’t paying so much attention, but the voice caught me.
Will: Oh ha ha yeah I enjoyed it.
Tyson: Funny that he comes into the picture as things start to get all alien-ie. But this is, of course, all pre X-Files.
Kat: To me, it’s one of the clearest signs drawing a line from this show to X-Files.
Will: X-Files was inspired by Twin Peaks?
Tyson: Everything is connected. (Laughs)
Tyson: Then after ditching the FBI entirely, Fox becomes a sex addicted writer.
Kat: Exactly! X-Files definitely came about because of Twin Peaks.
Tyson: The serialization of Twin Peaks had to help with a high concept show like the X-Files.
Kat: I dunno how much you could say “inspiration” – but Twin Peaks definitely allowed for X-Files‘ existence.
Will: Yeah I’d agree with that
Tyson: They were only about a year apart I think. I remember when Buffy premiered and Whedon (who nobody really knew then) was using X-Files to describe the format of his show. It is interesting to see the chain of all these shows.
Will: That is interesting, Come to think of it I think Buffy is the first serialized show I actively followed.
Kat: For sure. I love looking back at the evolution of TV in the 90s, post-Twin Peaks.
Tyson: So lets talk about the happenings in the small town of Twin Peaks. Starting with Nadine, not a popular character among us, but unavoidable.
Will: Yeah she has the hots for Mike or whoever
Tyson: Is the implication now that she won him over? She had his jacket, right? Or is “poor” Mike just continuing to suffer.
Will: I think he’s continuing to suffer.
Tyson: I almost had this feeling that she just rocked his world and now he is all in.
Will: Maybe, She might know some things.
Kat: Nadine is odd – I don’t know if I would ever describe myself as “liking” or “disliking” her. And I’m not sure that we’re supposed to feel one way or the other.
Tyson: At least it was fun seeing her destroy Hank. The look on his face when she started lifting him and throwing him around.
Will: Yes that was the best part of her story.
Tyson: She also seems to be out of the way for Ed and Norma now.
Will: I’m happy for that.
Will: Ed and Norma deserve happiness.
Tyson: And mike deserves Nadine.
Will: Haha yeah.
Kat: Hee hee
Tyson: Lets move on then. How about the return of the General.
Will: That was surprising.
Tyson: He has the best car insurance rates in town.
Will: (Laughs) I got that reference.
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Will: Dial em up.
Tyson: We wouldn’t even make their radar… … … Yet!
Will: In good time Tyson.
Tyson: Anyways, back to the General. He’s back.
Will: So the General was at the White Lodge?
Kat: Dun dun
Tyson: He seems to think so. He appeared in a flash of light and seems to be missing 2 days.
Will: And that’s what the army is looking for.
Tyson: I am sure we will have more to say about the White Lodge next week, for now we play the waiting game.
Will: Yeah, I feel it’s gonna be big.
Tyson: Lets talk about Ben. Off the deep end, and then some.
Will: He’s a general now too (Laughs)
Kat: He was due
Will: In his mind of course.
Tyson: I loved Dr. Creepy Shrink in this story, “Hallelujah!” He is really enjoying himself.
Will: He just went along with it. Praise Dixie.
Tyson: Now Ben has a new found interest in philanthropy.
Will: Oh yeah, totally no self interest there. (Laughs)
Tyson: Hahaha. Lets talk about the elderly brothers, the Mayor and his sibling Dougie.
Will: Oh that is a hoot, I love the mayor.
Tyson: Dougie died, and the Mayor was out for blood, suspecting Dougie’s wife of using witchcraft.
Will: Mayor with a shotgun.
Tyson: But a little time alone together and… “We’ve decided to adopt a child.”
Will: She must be a witch.
Tyson: More eccentric shenanigans in Twin Peaks.
Will: Yeah, town is weird.
Tyson: We got to meet 2 characters that have been talked about for quite some time that we had never seen before. Cooper’s ex partner Windom Earle, and Josie’s “Boss” Thomas Eckhardt.
Will: Yes, this is the interesting stuff.
Tyson: Windom Earle is leaving bodies in his twisted chess game with Cooper, but now Cooper has an ace up his sleeve… Pete.
Will: An unlikely an Ace as any.
Tyson: But first, Windom left a ghastly surprise in the Sheriff’s station.
Will: Yeah, dun dun.
Tyson: How about Eckhardt, and the return of Bob
Will: Yeah Bob made a brief reappearance at the end.
Tyson:We got to see some of the worst special effects ever. (Laughs)
Will: Yeah, budget must’ve been small. Oh, and dancing little person.
Tyson: The dancing Dwarf seems to be a direct representation of Bob, or at least directly tied to Bob in the story.
Will: Yeah interesting, Then Josie’s soul got trapped in the drawer or something? I dunno David Lynch, I guess.
Tyson: Poor Josie, she has had a rough time of it.
Will: Yeah, well a lot was her doing.
Tyson: Which brings us to the revelation that Josie was Cooper’s shooter. Who saw it coming?
Will: I did not guess that. But I guess that’s the thing with this show, the character you least suspect did it.
Tyson: Lets discuss the other happenings in this weeks episodes. Leo woke up.
Will: And he was pissed.
Tyson: That was kind of scary.
Will: Yeah, but I was expecting it.
Kat: Yeah, he had to come back at some point.
Tyson: Leo terrorized Shelly like he was in a slasher film.
Will: But Bobby saved the day. (Laughs)
Tyson: And Leo ended up at the mercy of a better villain.
Will: He was always at the mercy of a better villain, Leo’s a punk.
Tyson: True. Also, Bobby finally came forward about Hank shooting Leo, and now Hank is in jail.
Will: Yes, and Sheriff Truman wasn’t gonna let him talk himself out of it.
Tyson: Early on in these 6 episodes we finally got closure on Jean, as he took Cooper, but ended up dead. A lot of characters came and went this week.
Will: Yeah that wraps up that storyline. Also the return of Albert, and he and Sheriff Truman hugged each other. Something else I’d never predict.
Tyson: They are bros now.
Will: Total bros.
Tyson: But their bromance doesn’t touch that of Cooper and Truman.
Will: Oh no way, Maybe if Albert had been nice from the start.
Tyson: I expect the new series will begin with Cooper and Truman together, in their morning routine as a same sex couple.
Will: Ha ha ha.
Kat: I always preferred Cooper-Albert myself, but I have bias toward Albert.
Will: Also, Dick, Andy and Little Nicky. Is he Satan’s spawn?
Tyson: They certainly seem to think so.
Will: Yeah, and he does seem to cause trouble.
Tyson: We also found out that Josie’s dead husband… Well… He isn’t so dead after all.
Tyson: And his machinations are what lead Josie to tragedy.
Will: Well Josie and Eckhart did conspire to kill him.
Tyson: I feel bad for Josie though, I feel that she was a pawn, she was always so afraid.
Will: Yeah Eckhart had total control of her. She seems like she wouldn’t just do these things of her own volition.
Tyson: Yeah. So anything else stand out to you this week?
Will: Oh, James being set up by that woman.
Tyson: Awww yes, dopey James.
Will: Not that I blame him there.
Tyson: “Love isn’t wrong, James.” The most soap opera moment of these episodes.
Will: Yeah, total soap opera plotline. Hey she was pretty and wanted her car fixed, what could possibly go wrong?
Tyson: I am pretty much done for this week, unless their is anything else you think we should talk about.
Will: No, I think that covers it.
Tyson: Okay, so how did you feel moving forwards? Only 1 week left.
Will: Eh, the show is certainly less interesting now with no real mystery. The stuff with Cooper’s old partner is neat, but eh.
Tyson: I feel like the return of Bob got me a little interested again, plus its the final week, but for the most part, this week was a low point.
Will: Yes, Bob gives me hope, I hope we end on a high note to make the wait for 2016 painful.
Tyson: I hear there was a cliffhanger, that fans have been dying for resolution. I sure hope so.
Will: Oh there’s also a movie should we watch that for the Show Club?
Tyson: Naw, we might talk about that later. We talked about doing it for the 25 year anniversary next year.
Will: Ah okay, I can’t imagine what the cliffhanger could be.
Join us next week for the final Twin Peaks discussion, as we enter week 5 of TVE’s Fall 2014 Show Club. What did you think about these 6 episodes? Tell us in our comments, and stay tuned to TVEnthusiast for more coverage of Twin Peaks, its upcoming follow up series on Showtime, and all of your favorite shows. Oh, and Happy Halloween everybody.