I would just like to extend a huge congratulations to myself for finishing the television series Twin Peaks without crying and/or hiding behind my chair the whole time and/or closing the tab on my computer whenever BOB appeared on the screen.
OK, maybe I did slit my eyes for roughly one-third of each episode. (And then immediately watch an episode of Undeclared to calm myself down a la the genius of Judd Apatow.) But, that’s not the point! The point is, I actually really liked it and kind of want to talk nonstop about how strange and wonderful it all is. I mean, minus all the scary murder stuff, and minus the entire Josie Packard storyline, I was physically incapable of peeling myself away. It got to a point where the theme music would play over and over again in my mind every day, like an everlasting loop of doom. Ugh, IT IS ALL JUST SO GOOD.
Basically, the series revolves around the murder of teenage homecoming queen Laura Palmer. In the first episode, her pale and beaten body is discovered wrapped in plastic and washed ashore of a river. Just as you would expect, an FBI investigation of Laura’s death quickly ensues, headed by the quirky and brilliant Special Agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan). As the series unfolds piece by piece, Laura’s murder case exposes the seedy underbelly of Twin Peaks. Weird (like, really weird) things happen, there are more murderz, and then BOB comes out of nowhere and scares the living crap out of you!! With tiny details like the Palmer’s ceiling fan and the eerie stillness of the suburban town, a general aura of creepiness surrounds each episode. One sentence could sum up the whole show pretty well: “In a town like Twin Peaks, no one is innocent.”
Here’s Laura Palmer with that trademark smile. The other iconic image of her is the one where she’s dead and the plastic is peeled away from her ghostly, bluish face. I thought this picture would be a better one to post since you probably didn’t come here to look at dead people?
This last screen-cap is actually from the Twin Peaks movie, Fire Walk With Me. The movie is meant to be watched after the television series, as it documents the week before Laura was killed and would definitely ruin certain parts of the show for you.
I just love this image so much, though– it’s the last scene of the film. That’s Agent Cooper right there standing over Laura in the Black Lodge. You can’t see what she’s laughing/crying about here, but the camera eventually pans out to show an angel floating above them. It’s the most beautiful scene, and it warms my heart (after the previous two hours literally destroy you) because I know that Laura is finally at peace and unburdened by her dark, tragic past. *Sob*