The Good

An interesting show that paved the way for a lot of the multilayered programming we see on television today.

The Bad

Ultimately, this show marked David Lynch indulging his tastes too much.

Twin Peaks: The Second Season continues Dale Cooper's (Kyle MacLachlan) search for the murderer of Laura Palmer. However, things take a darker, more byzantine turn this season as Cooper is suspended from the FBI and suddenly finds people trailing him. Shot down in his hotel, he begins a slow recuperation process where his case is aided by a being that gives him clues to what may or may not have happened to Laura Palmer. As the town begins preparing for the "Miss Twin Peaks" contest Cooper continues to investigate Black Lodge where he seemingly finds a lot of leads, but nothing that gives him the concrete evidence he needs. Things get even more interesting when Laura Palmer's diary is found and a whole new set of clues (and plotlines) are opened up.

If you are expecting a procedural that takes you through a case step by step than Twin Peaks: The Second Season isn't for you. If you don't mind your TV being confusing, perplexing, and downright gleefully ambiguous than this show has just what the doctor ordered.

Features

Insights

There are insights offered here by some of the show's directors like Caleb Deschanel and Steven Gyllenhaal among others. There's also an interview with Jennifer Lynch who wrote the Laura Palmer Diary. I skimmed around through these but, having been a big fan of Lynch's Boxing Helena I decided to give her interview the most attention. This lady is certainly her father's daughter as she is vague about some things, and deadly honest about others. She talks about her father telling her who Laura Palmer's killer was, how Lynch took things from her life and put them in the diary (the rat story was particularly compelling), and she also discusses how she utilized the power of dreams for this as well. Aside from a coyish charm, Jennifer Lynch seems to want to make things a little more accessible than her father usually does.

Interactive Interview Grid

I didn't know what to expect from this but I found it to be very interesting. There are 12 interviews total, and they are broken up so you can go to the sections that interest you the most. They are broken down between Origin, Production and Legacy. They feature the likes of Sherilynn Fenn, Kyle MacLachlan and David Duchovny among others. One thing that is clear is that these actors have a great respect and reverence for having not only worked on this show, but having worked with David Lynch. Aiding these interviews is the dark mood created by much of the lighting, in addition to the music employed. Fans of this show are going to love this as it really seems like it was made for them.

Log Lady Intros

Imagine avant-garde poetry shot on poor video and that is pretty much what you have here. The Log Lady stands with a log in her hands and these intros played before each show. Why they felt the need to single them out is anybody's guess, but something tells me that this woman has a following if only on the internet. While I would never recommend sitting through all of these in one shot, combined with the episodes themselves they seem to work.

Video

Full Screen Format. While being a lot clearer in presentation than some of David Lynch's current stuff, his subject matter is very much his subject matter. There isn't so much being done with the images in a postproduction sense. Lynch seems to understand that the medium for TV didn't allow to get too crazy in terms of what he did with the images. So he manipulated this by his harsh and odd use of colors at times, mixed in with outfits and subject matter that work very well together. On the whole, it is amazing to me how straight of a TV show this looks like at first. Then, as the episodes unfold that's where you see David Lynch's real handiwork.

Audio

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Spanish Mono/Brazilian Portugese Mono - Subtitles: Spanish/Brazilian Portugese. The music of this show should have made any fan of David Lynch proud. I am also glad that Paramount didn't switch it out for this release in order to save money. Without the uplifting strains that are laced with foreboding, this show would not be a David Lynch show. These episodes are also really leveled nicely so that you can have them turned up, the sound doesn't distort, and you don't have to lower the audio once the characters start speaking.

Package

A video-like shot of an aqua blue Kyle MacLachlan makes up the front of this slipcase cover. Mixed in with it is a shot of a cafe and a deer's head. The back serves up a very well written description of Twin Peaks: The Second Season, a Special Features listing, and some technical specs. The six discs that house all this content are stored in slim cases that each feature an image of one of this show's more memorable characters. The back covers list out the episodes by numbers and they also offer up images that are pertinent the show. Inside the covers is more artwork and, if nothing else, I like the DVD creator's trust that the people purchasing these DVDs will appreciate the minimalness that is offered.

Final Word

I made a big mistake when I watched this show. I hadn't seen the First Season so going into Twin Peaks: The Second Season, I was completely out in the dark on a lot of the plot points and subject matter. However, I didn't let this get me down and I soldiered on. Episode after episode, my confusion mounting, my assumptions being disabused, I continued with this show knowing that it wasn't going to get any easier. However, I do like David Lynch films. In fact, I saw Inland Empire in the theater over the holidays and I actually think I got what the film was trying to say. This isn't to say that I did but maybe it said what it was meant to say for me.

I don't think David Lynch makes things for explanatory purposes. It seems that he gets an idea and he follows it until he doesn't anymore. Sometimes this creates a piece that many can latch on to (Straight Story), some can latch on to (Blue Velvet), and none can latch on to (the aforementioned Inland Empire). I don't know really know where Twin Peaks: The Second Season falls in this spectrum, but something tells me that it's probably somewhere in the middle. Having not seen the First Season, I am assuming this second one simply wasn't accessible enough to warrant a third.

Twin Peaks was released .