Twin Peaks Usenet Archive
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joshua Neil Rubin)
Date: 1990-12-14, 06:47
One of the things that makes TP unique and
interesting is that it is, to a great extent, self-
consciously about the question of what it is about.
The continued revelation of what kind of world TP is
keeps me coming back for more, but it worries me. I
find that I become intrigued by new formulas in TV
shows while they're being worked out. While a
cutting-edge show is still finding itself it toys with
the boundaries of the art. But once it finds itself
and settles down (and limits itself to a bounded
psychic pigeonhole), I lose a lot of interest.
How long can the shape of the series, its premises,
continue to evolve? How long can the strip-tease
last? How long until we have solved the real
mystery - the mystery of just what the heck kinda
place this is? When do we find out whether TP is about
soul-sucking aliens from the fourth dimension, Angels,
Knights Templar, telepaths, Rosicrucians,
time-travelers, Satanists, quantum physics, Masons,
black holes, all/none of the above? And what happens
then? Must TP evolve into something ever-funnier?
Ever-freakier? Ever-more evil? More beautiful? More
mystical? More magical? More bizarre?
Are there no limits or must it ultimately stagnate? Is
the answer that it must stagnate because of the
limitations of an open-ended TV series as a medium and
the fact (?) that you can only go so far out? Is it
squandering its capital by revealing itself? Or can its
creators continue to create metaphysical twists and turns
that keep the ball in play indefinitely? I hope so.
Magic covers a lot of turf.
P.S. - The donuts are not what they seem.