Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: The Pilot...
From: halcyon! (Demosthenes)
Date: 1990-12-26, 22:40

I have seen every single episode of this show in it's entirety. Now, at 
least. Up until a couple of days ago, I had never seen the entire pilot. 
The first time it was broadcast, I wasn't able to watch it, and the 
second time it was broadcast, my parents decided it wasn't important 
enough to tape (even though I had explicitly said to them "TAPE THIS OR 
DIE!!!!!"), consequently I missed about the first half hour. 

But a couple of days ago, I borrowed a friend's tape of it, and watched 
it beginning to end. And I realize just how much BETTER it was then. Or, 
at least, how much better it is when David Lynch directs. 

I also noticed that the fact that it had been shot in 1989 was quite 
obvious; all the characters looked quite different. Andy had longer hair, 
Cooper looked a lot shorter and was just slicking his hair back, Truman's 
hair wasn't as long or gray, Philip Gerard (contrary to popular belief, 
we DO see him in the pilot, even if for just a few seconds), Catherine 
(spelled Katharine in the credits) had curly hair, Leland and Ben had 
darker hair, Bobby had darker hair, and so on. 

And I also noticed that the answer had been staring us in the face the 
entire time - in fact, it was the very first theory put forth by her 
mother concerning her disappearance: "I bet she's with Leland." (don't 
falme me for misquoting, I don't remember the exact words) Nothing about 
BOB or MIKE or secret diaries, or anything like that. But the answer 
could have been figured out just by watching the pilot. 

All major characters were introduced, including the one-armed man; he 
gets into the elevator with Truman and Cooper, and T&C exchange 
sympathetic glances. (Except for Maddy, I suppose - she doesn't make an 
appearance until the 4th(?) episode)

Of course, I'm telling you something you all probably knew already. But 
it wasn't something I knew until a couple of days ago...
By the way, before I go, I do want to mention two things: When we first 
see the Double R, it is the sign of the Mar-T Cafe in North Bend, with a 
pathetic little "RR" tacked onto the sign, and the Mar-T part of the sign 
is in full view. Also - when Pete is first coming out of the house, onto 
the beach, the water and horizon are so obviously the Pacific Northwest I 
said immediately, "I've seen this before." :)

"Mr. BOB, you've killed Theresa Banks,   *                Richard Barrett
 Laura Palmer, Jacques Renault, and      *             18004 146th Ave NE
 Maddy Ferguson. What are you going to   *          Woodinville, WA 98072
 do next?"                               *                (206)487-1312
"I'm going to Disneyland!"               *