Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Day Two Hundred and Seventy-five - Twin Peaks: Season 1, Episode 2, "Just as long as those grapefruits... *in walks Audrey* ...are freshly squeezed."
Welcome to Day 2 of our Couchbound Spooktacular in which, on weekdays all throughout October, we're enjoying the bountiful weirdness of David Lynch's Twin Peaks.
Yesterday's pilot did a decent job of establishing 99% of the key players in town so we pretty much know the score. Laura Palmer is a victim, but also had a hidden side to her... Agent Cooper is a whimsical genius who is obsessed with Coffee and Pie... and Twin Peaks, itself, is populated with the strangest of people.
A few mysteries are definitely deepened, even as one or two things are revealed to the audience.
Leo is found with a bloody shirt in his possession, and instantly solidifies what a horrendously abusive husband he is to the two-timing Shelley. Hammy acting notwithstanding, there's a definite amount of real, visceral hate that I feel towards Leo that only grows stronger when he puts the bar of soap in the sock.
The mystery figure who stole the other half of the locket from its hiding place is revealed to be the weirdo shrink who was secretly seeing Laura (with serious hints of a less than professional slant to their relationship). It looks like Laura wasn't exactly the goodie-two-shoes that she let on to most of the people in her life. Definitely more than an inkling of a bad girl in her taped diary to the Doc.
Speaking of The Doc, I still have yet to see an explanation regarding his gigantic ear plugs from the pilot. Oh well, at least we know who has the locket.
I think the biggest revelation in the episode is the fact that Bob is seen for the first time. We'll definitely have more on him as the series progresses, but I'm glad some of the spooky is starting to show up, even if it doesn't seem like it now. If this were a virginal viewing of the series, for all you know he's just some random creep who Laura's Mom keeps remembering, not the mystical nya-nya he actually is.
But, let's not get ahead of ourselves.
There are a few moments of humor to lighten the mood... such as when Pete accidentally brews a pot of fish-flavored coffee for Agent Cooper and the Sheriff (and you know how much stock Coop takes in a good cup of coffee)... plus there's Coop's opening scene where he's dictating to Diane while hanging upside via gravity boots.
While plot thickens, I think my main takeaway is Audrey. Whether it's her not so subtle approach to Agent Cooper or her sultry dance to music in her father's office, she's the oh so bad girl that just instantly lights my fire. Rawr!
Fun stuff... and The Log Lady even speaks!
I think that my main complaint is the truly, truly terrible job they did matting Laura's face onto Donna during the hallucination bit. Wow. Talk about your dated cinematography. That's really it, though. Everything else, cheesy melodrama and all, is great.
Until tomorrow, Potatoes~