A standalone version of the pilot for David Lynch’s immortal mystery about the life of a seemingly typical small town. Twenty minutes longer than the original, this is an alternative reality version of Twin Peaksin which closure is brought to the Laura Palmer case.
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This feature-length pilot is a marvelous self-contained work even if one goes by the American broadcast length over the 113-minute international standalone. Lynch destroys a Rockwellian small town before we even see it: a girl's wrapped corpse introduces us to Twin Peaks, and soon Lynch has impossibly killed innocence that never existed in the first place. The grief resonates beyond the confines of television.
Side by side with SFU, this may be the finest TV series ever. The police investigations combined with the Lynch's unmistakable obsession with dream-decoding and surrealism gave us some creepy/mindblowing moments. I've just watched it all in 4 days and it was quite an experience. Except by the unnecessary middle eps of the 2nd season, everything amused me (slapstick and melodrama included). "wow Bob wow!"
I know this is just the european version of the pilot and not the full show but honestly if MUBI were to put one television show on their website, I'd be cool with Twin Peaks. It is the greatest tv show ever created.
As for TV on the Auteurs, the short answer is no, since we focus on cinema, we won't be doing TV series, even with someone like Lynch behind them (miniseries are another matter, though). However, there's some debate over this one, since the pilot for Twin Peaks, in an altered version, was once available as a standalone film...
The whole series is fantastic. Simultaneously a satiric teen angsty drama and a surreal murder mystery, this has to be one of the best shows ever made. The second season, weaker than the first, drags on too long, but the overall effect is wonderful. I love that Lynch's episodes were so recognizable. The cast was amazing, and the characters and plot were very interesting. I would not mind watching this over again.
Ok, being totally honest here: I like Season 2 more than Season 1. Let's face it, the best episodes are those directed by Lynch himself, and Season 2 gets, count em, FOUR episodes to Season 1's measly two. Not to mention Lynch's appearances as Gordon. You do the math.