Print Story I finally got around to watching Fire Walk With Me
By lm (Sat Apr 22, 2017 at 09:05:38 PM EST) (all tags)
Last year I discovered that Netflix had Twin Peaks and I wnet through that over a number of months. Production values aside, it was pretty good. Although the ending felt a bit rushed.

Fire Walk With Me filled in a lot of the gaps. It was pretty great.

The negatives:

Lara Flynn Boyle didn't return as Donna. I'm not the type that has a problem with different actors playing the same character. And I certainly understand Lara Flynn Boyle's stated reasons for not wanting to continue to play a teenaged high school student in her late twenties. But the replacement actress, Moira Kelly, really lacked a lot of what Flynn Boyle brought to the role.

The leveraging of Kiefer Sunderland and Chris Isaak as FBI agents. They performed their roles leading up to the transition to the locale of Twin Peaks beautifully. It's a shame they were limited to the first half hour.

The positives.

Between the television show and movie, Sheryl Lee grew substantially as an actress. Her performance was stellar.

No "American ending". I was talking with a friend of mine from eastern Europe a few years back. He told me that when a movie ends where everything works out and all is well, that's called an "American ending". Sometimes movies warrant such an ending. More often they do not.

Everything Kyle MacLachlan did was okay but somehow irrelevant. Maybe Lynch and Co. were aiming for future opportunities to continue the story. But all of the MacLachlan scenes seemed bolted on to the narrative.

David Lynch at close to his best.


I really wish David Lynch and  Richard Kelly would do a Vulcan mind meld and turn out something deranged.

I'm looking forward to the reboot.

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I'm looking forward to it too. by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Apr 24, 2017 at 05:16:30 PM EST
I wish the original had continued somehow. But there's a lot to look forward to.

When I did the twitter thing, I followed both Trent Reznor and David Lynch. One day one of them posted a selfie with the other. I had one of those moments... I mean, of course they knew each other, I just hadn't realized it. So I guess Trent's on the show now. 1990s me is losing his shit right now.

Reznor has had some moments I can really appreciate. Like he was a big fan of Doom (it even ate into recording time) so they got NIN to do the Quake soundtrack and made a NIN-themed trap in Ultimate Doom.

I don't remember much from Fire Walk With Me, I think the series has overpowered it in memory at nearly every turn. I should probably give it another view before the new series airs.

I've mentioned it before, but I should bring it up here: Fortitude has some of the Twin Peaks feel to it. In a way, they open the same: small town, a murder. From there it's all idiosyncrasies and mounting weirdness. It never goes full-on Lynch, but the build feels awful familiar.

See you, space cowboy.

*spoiler warning* by the mariner (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Apr 24, 2017 at 07:41:25 PM EST
new twin peaks synopsis:

the diner has shut down, the grove the entrance to the black lodge was in is now a strip mall parking lot, the log lady is dead, and all surviving characters are meth addicts.

Posted from WA: by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Apr 29, 2017 at 03:31:52 AM EST
1.) Not yet
2.) Yes
3.) Yes
4.) Probably

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