I have seen every David Lynch movie, most of them multiple times, but I have never seen one episode of Twin Peaks, and this weekend in my town, we’re having a Twin Peaks festival, The Great Southern (a reference to the show I don’t get yet)! There’s movie showings, a reading, a listening party, a DJ night and lots more. I hate feeling left out. What better way to celebrate than actually, finally, watching the god damn show.
I have been pretty ignorant about most aspects of Twin Peaks for 25 years. Here is what I know about it: Laura Palmer, this spread from Sassy, Kyle MacLachlan, pie, Gideon from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the log lady & sweaters.
Joining me for the liveblog is Katie AND my husband PJ! He watched the entire series while I was in grad school, so you will be able to enjoy his assy comments without me typing them out.
melissa, 08:00:49 PM
It’s up, you guys!!!!!!!!!!! EEEE.
katie, 08:01:05 PM
Oh I forgot the weird music. No joke this is the stuff my dad listens to on the regular. This and Eric Clapton.
katie, 08:02:05 PM
I wish this opening sequence had more pep.
katie, 08:02:41 PM
I think Russ Tamblyn is Amber Tamblyn’s dad.
melissa, 08:03:40 PM
Joan Chen! Having some technical difficulty with PJs posting, hold on…
melissa, 08:05:36 PM
Oh god that lady’s voice is going to be annoying.
melissa, 08:06:38 PM
ohhhh these coats!!!
katie, 08:07:01 PM
What happened to Joan Chen? Does she even make movies anymore? I’ll look that up when I look up Russ Tamblyn.
melissa, 08:07:15 PM
This is about as fast-paced as Top of the Lake.
PJ Sykes, 08:07:18 PM
I love Pete!
melissa, 08:08:38 PM
I feel like that image of Laura Palmer is one of the most iconic TV images ever. David Lynch is so good at that.
katie, 08:08:42 PM
I love that woman playing Laura’s mother she was on Big Love!
PJ Sykes, 08:09:34 PM
Laura’s Dad makes this great drink. It’s half lemonade half ice tea.
melissa, 08:09:36 PM
Awww does she not know Laura is fucking dead and wrapped in plastic yet? Sad.
katie, 08:09:37 PM
That image made Sheryl Lee famous. Sheryl Lee was fabulous in Backbeat.
katie, 08:10:16 PM
PJ is Laura’s dad named Arnold?
melissa, 08:10:57 PM
High school scenes just seem SO BELOW David Lynch.
katie, 08:11:15 PM
Russ Tamblyn plays the doctor and he is Amber Tamblyn’s dad I am on point AND half drunk! Now what has Joan Chen done lately.
melissa, 08:11:42 PM
PJs Arnold Palmer joke was so classic. This is why I invited him.
PJ Sykes, 08:12:59 PM
katie, 08:13:35 PM
Joan Chen was on Netflix’s Marco Polo! I am not interested in that at all. Daredevil however was great once Vincent Donofrio showed up.
melissa, 08:13:48 PM
The set design is amazing.
Ray Wise looks SO YOUNG. It’s freaking me out.
PJ Sykes, 08:13:48 PM
I watched the series for the first time all the way through maybe a year ago? I saw it a little in the 90s. I’m already picking up on things the second time through.
PJ Sykes, 08:14:46 PM
katie, 08:15:11 PM
This score is amazing.
melissa, 08:15:16 PM
Russ Tamblyn AKA Gideon. Can this liveblog get people to watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?
Laura Palmer’s mom is doing some ugly crying and it is glorious.
melissa, 08:16:27 PM
Now she is freaking screaming like someone in a horror movie. It is SO David Lynch to have someone scream like that. He probably told that actress to watch a bunch of 60s horror movies.
melissa, 08:16:55 PM
That kid’s hair is SO 90s. UGH. Butt cut.
melissa, 08:17:46 PM
Man the music IS fantastic. I might actually go to that listening party tomorrow of the soundtrack.
melissa, 08:18:46 PM
I love that the music overpowers the dialogue.
melissa, 08:20:07 PM
This hospital is both vintage and futuristic looking.
katie, 08:20:35 PM
Grace Zabriskie who plays Laura’s mom is amazing. She and Bruce Dern are the reasons I watched Big Love.
PJ Sykes, 08:21:05 PM
katie, 08:21:20 PM
Sherlyn Fenn is so fucking pretty. Also seeing Luara Flyn Boyle young reminds me that she has seriously fucked up her face.
katie, 08:22:16 PM
David Lynch’s idea if high school is amazing.
melissa, 08:22:20 PM
I can see why hipsters now are so obsessed with Twin Peaks. The vintage fashion; the sets; the dry, sarcastic dialogue…
PJ Sykes, 08:22:28 PM
melissa, 08:23:24 PM
In David Lynch’s high school, everyone is super covered up and intense. This is worse than Degrassi.
katie, 08:23:49 PM
Lara Flynn Boyle now:
melissa, 08:24:18 PM
So many nice jackets. I need to go shopping even though it’s almost summer.
katie, 08:24:33 PM
I wish Degrassi had this score.
katie, 08:25:42 PM
Bobby is an amazingly bad actor and yet it works.
melissa, 08:25:53 PM
That picture of Lara Flynn Boyle is horrifying. No wonder there were reports she wasn’t going to be on the new show, which I didn’t mention in my paragraph up at the top because I figured everyone knew about it.
This kid reminds me of Seth Cohen. But obviously not as hot.
melissa, 08:27:03 PM
PJ is really upset by modern day Lara Flynn Boyle.
melissa, 08:27:35 PM
Was Laura Palmer like the perfect person? What made her so great? I wish Veronica Mars was here to tell us.
katie, 08:27:44 PM
Sherlyn Fenn was on the Gilmore Girls as two different characters. FUN FACTS!
katie, 08:29:23 PM
I hope Kyle MacLachlan shows up soon. I need me some Trey McDougal!
melissa, 08:30:13 PM
Since I have read nothing about this show I will spend tomorrow researching David Lynch interviews about it. I would tell you to not tell my boss but no one is reading this post.
katie, 08:30:25 PM
Veronica Mars and Kyle MacLachlan solving crime would be an amazing show. So much better than House of Lies and SHEILD.
PJ Sykes, 08:30:31 PM
When I was in high school one of my teachers was killed and student (both accidents). As the principal does the announcement a flood of memories came back. The scenes feel very accurate.
melissa, 08:30:57 PM
So much bad man hair.
katie, 08:32:13 PM
What so weird about current Lara Flynn Boyle is that she is still so skinny and yet she has made her face fat. I do not understand it.
melissa, 08:32:44 PM
There are sooooo many characters. I love the Lynch School of Acting. I would be fucking great at it.
melissa, 08:33:24 PM
Remember cardigans with giant shoulder pads?
melissa, 08:34:29 PM
GET DOWN OFF THE BRIDGE, girl in nightie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
melissa, 08:34:50 PM
Excuse me, girl in dirty, ripped nightie.
katie, 08:35:46 PM
Oh Laura had a piece on the side too!
melissa, 08:36:25 PM
Eyepatch lady is amazing and looks like Ana Gasteyer.
PJ Sykes, 08:36:33 PM
So many great characters. It’s a lot of fun to see this again.
katie, 08:36:44 PM
YES!!! There is my boy!!! I already love him and he has only said two lines.
PJ Sykes, 08:37:40 PM
Diane! I’m live blogging Twin Peaks tonight. Gemma is sleeping at my feet. I had some ice cream, mint ice cream.
melissa, 08:39:07 PM
I am also super into the trees, Agent Cooper.
melissa, 08:40:44 PM
Kyle MacLachlan looks so young and adorable!! I feel like he’s perpetually been 45 since this ended.
katie, 08:41:49 PM
Russ Tamblyn’s tie is AMAZING!
melissa, 08:42:03 PM
PJ Sykes, 08:42:29 PM
Katie, this is a normal outfit for Russ.
melissa, 08:42:52 PM
These corks in his ears are a weird small-town quirk.
PJ Sykes, 08:43:08 PM
melissa, 08:44:23 PM
I want to paint everything that seafoam green color.
PJ Sykes, 08:46:09 PM
I’ve already been to the Roadhouse. ::reads note:: “Meet me at the Roadhouse”
katie, 08:46:14 PM
All of these teenagers look 32.
melissa, 08:46:19 PM
Blond douche in a letterman jacket= the worst.
katie, 08:46:28 PM
You hang those drapes Ed!!!
katie, 08:47:37 PM
PJ, do we ever meet Diane?
melissa, 08:47:55 PM
Agent Cooper really knows how to rip open a teenage girl’s locked diary! Did he learn that in FBI school?
PJ Sykes, 08:48:34 PM
Katie, Diane is the killer.
PJ Sykes, 08:50:43 PM
Lucy has to be based on Janine from Ghostbusters.
katie, 08:51:07 PM
Bobby would be perfect for Degrassi everyone on that show acts like he does. And that folks is why Drake is the best.
melissa, 08:51:41 PM
Bobby is so angry. He SHOULD be pissed about his Rider Strong haircut.
melissa, 08:52:43 PM
Agent Cooper is so good at his job! He should team up with Luther.
melissa, 08:54:14 PM
This woman is an idiot. She should have plugged the hole in the coffee cup instead of holding it over her desk and moving it around.
katie, 08:55:04 PM
I love how 50’s the kids are in the 90’s. The tight sweaters, pleated skirts, and saddle shoes.
katie, 08:55:14 PM
And the hair styles too.
katie, 08:55:30 PM
Even the boys. The letterman and the greaser.
katie, 08:56:22 PM
Luther can join my dream show with Veronica Mars and Kyle MacLachlan.
melissa, 08:56:26 PM
There are so many things in Twin Peaks world I want, starting with that Hello rug.
PJ Sykes, 08:56:51 PM
melissa, 08:59:08 PM
Yes this voice is already getting to me after one episode. Maybe after four more I’ll find it endearing?
melissa, 09:00:10 PM
Lara Flynn Boyle, you troublemaker, you!
PJ Sykes, 09:00:47 PM
katie, 09:01:46 PM
melissa, 09:02:38 PM
Cultural appropriation, much, Jonathan?
PJ Sykes, 09:03:50 PM
Someone just got back from Coachella, Johnathan.
melissa, 09:05:06 PM
He have now seen the worst hair on the show on bizarro Barry Watson.
PJ Sykes, 09:05:39 PM
Leo is the worst.
katie, 09:05:54 PM
Leo’s hair is amazing. And super dirty.
melissa, 09:06:02 PM
Is Leo drinking Mint Schnapp’s? EWWWWW.
katie, 09:06:42 PM
I’m glad Ed put up those drapes. I was very concerned.
melissa, 09:07:03 PM
I LOVE that Agent Cooper is so delighted by the flora and fauna of the pacific northwest.
katie, 09:07:44 PM
Is this taking place all in one day?
melissa, 09:07:56 PM
This meeting is SO Gilmore Girls-esque.
PJ Sykes, 09:08:05 PM
It’s log, log… it’s big it’s heavy it’s wood!
katie, 09:10:09 PM
That meeting also reminded me of Parks and Rec. And now I want to cry.
melissa, 09:11:07 PM
Swell Gal embroidered pillows for everyone!
melissa, 09:12:27 PM
What a cute relationship between these two weird sisters.
katie, 09:12:59 PM
I wish that Mike, Leo, and Bobby would all get lost down the river.
katie, 09:13:34 PM
I want that swell gal pillow.
melissa, 09:14:25 PM
Duh, she’s at the ROADHOUSE.
PJ Sykes, 09:15:01 PM
See you at 9:30 www.texasroadhouse.com
melissa, 09:15:25 PM
Lucy seems to work long shifts. I hope she is fairly compensated with overtime. #hrminute
katie, 09:16:23 PM
LEAVE JOANN ED YOU DESERVE BETTER!!!!
katie, 09:17:51 PM
It’s a party at the Roadhouse! This is like the worst roadhouse in the world it looks like a VFW.
PJ Sykes, 09:18:21 PM
Julee Cruise singing at the Roadhouse sounds like it could have been released in 2011 by SubPop.
melissa, 09:18:26 PM
This song was in Lost Highway and it gave me nightmares for MONTHS.
PJ Sykes, 09:19:14 PM
melissa, 09:19:26 PM
Donna’s boyfriend is abusive. She needs to get out of this relationship, asap.
melissa, 09:19:57 PM
Don’t get on that bike with ANOTHER bad-haired dude, Donna!
katie, 09:20:24 PM
After watching Daredevil with amazing fight sequences the roadhouse fight is hilarious.
katie, 09:20:33 PM
I WANT A DOUGHNUT!
katie, 09:23:52 PM
James is already the winner with his short haircut.
melissa, 09:23:53 PM
JAMES IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT.
PJ Sykes, 09:25:31 PM
katie, 09:26:02 PM
That is the worst burying the evidence job ever.
melissa, 09:26:22 PM
You NEVER bury something you don’t want people to find under a rock. That is a clear sign that something’s under the rock.
katie, 09:27:48 PM
James sure did move on fast.
melissa, 09:27:57 PM
PJ keeps pointing out actors who were also on the X Files.
PJ Sykes, 09:29:02 PM
Best. Dad. Ever.
melissa, 09:29:11 PM
Donna comes from such a nice family. They are so good and understanding.
melissa, 09:29:57 PM
Who is going to eat all those donuts?
katie, 09:30:04 PM
Lucy is an amazing assistant. She deserves a bonus.
katie, 09:31:33 PM
I always want to go to Vancouver but then I worry it will give me nightmares because it will remind me of X File episodes.
melissa, 09:31:46 PM
This jail-yelling bit somehow reminds me of Hemlock Grove. I mentioned it first! I WIN.
katie, 09:33:20 PM
PJ Sykes, 09:33:21 PM
29 more to go!
melissa, 09:33:55 PM
Oh no! It’s over! I want to know who killed Laura Palmer! I guess I’ll have to watch more of this damn show.
katie, 09:34:11 PM
I think I’m done at one but I will probably read about it on Wikipedia.
melissa, 09:34:40 PM
Bed time! Thanks for reading along with us, NO ONE! I hope people find this blog later, so that was a shitty thing to say.
PJ Sykes, 09:34:41 PM
katie, 09:35:06 PM
Goodnight Melissa and PJ! I’m going to be very American and watch The Big Bang Theory!
melissa, 09:35:18 PM
PJ Sykes, 09:35:46 PM
The guys from BBT would watch more.