Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Big BBC debut
From: jgp@rutabaga.Rational.COM (Jim Pellmann)
Date: 1990-11-09, 12:58

From today's San Francisco Chronicle (originally in the New York Times):

Big BBC Debut for 'Twin Peaks'

The British are fighting furiously against addiction to "Twin Peaks," which
arrived on the BBC's second channel last month, but it may be a losing battle.

The opening 90-minute pilot attracted 8.15 million viewers in the first week,
one of BBC-2's largest audiences ever. How the second episode did isn't known
yet, but some London households have begun to keep Tuesday evenings free, if
that's any indication. Broadcast time is 9 PM, with a repeat late Saturday

But "Twin Peaks" also has caused considerable bafflement here.

Foreign Turf

America, in David Lynch's interpretation, is definitely foreign territory, as
the critics see it.

"The garage man is having an affair with the lady at the diner, Laura has been
dating at least two boys and having an affair with the psychiatrist, Leo is a
wife beater, half the population snorts cocaine, there is a plot to raze the
sawmill and claim the insurance, local girls dabble in prostitution at One-Eyed
Jack's, and even the sheriff is carrying on with a Japanese widow," wrote
Christopher Dunkley in the Financial Times.

He also wrote that he would be surprised if "Twin Peaks" attracted more than
2.5 million viewers after the initial frisson had passed.

The French Like Director

Many British critics have panned the series, perhaps because the dreaded French
across the English Channel are such fans of its creator, David Lynch, whose
"Wild at Heart" was judged the best movie at this year's Cannes International
Film Festival.

Recalling the violence in that film and in his earlier "Eraserhead," critic
Brett Arends wrote in the Guardian:

"You could make many things of movies like these. But you should never make
the mistake of Paul Morley, who in reviewing 'Twin Peaks' on 'The Late Show,'
said that David Lynch 'obviously doesn't know what he's doing.' David Lynch
knows exactly what he is doing.

"No film maker who's been making rubbish for 15 years while receiving massive
critical acclaim, no film maker who has made a bomb selling the world a TV
series whose greatest catch phrase is, apparently, 'That's a damned fine cup of
coffee,' does not know what he is doing. We may not know who killed Laura
Palmer, but we know who's making the killing now."

On Wednesday, one newspaper held a private preview for a selected audience and
reported: "If the rest of the country feels the same as our panel, the series
looks unlikely to become such a monster hit as it is in America.

"On the surface, Twin Peaks is a quiet American mountain town where apple--or
rather cherry--pie rules supreme. But its underbelly of corruption, drugs, and
illicit sex is exposed when Laura Palmer is murdered."

The Mail on Sunday ran a three-page exclusive culled from "The Secret Diary of
Laura Palmer," a "Twin Peaks" tie-in written by Lynch's daughter Jennifer that
was published in Britain last week by Penguin Books for $7.98 a copy.

A "Twin Peaks" computer game is planned for next year, according to the Times
of London. But the Sunday Times Magazine may have had the last word in an
article called "Lynch Pinned" that was published last August, long before "Twin
Peaks" arrived on these shores.

"The smart set who analyze the 'meaning' of 'Twin Peaks' are falling into his
trap," wrote Annie Leibovitz. "The only 'meaning' is the coherence of the
Lynch-shifted logic that keeps the series going."

Meanwhile, ABC is telling American viewers they will learn who killed Laura
Palmer in Saturday night's episode of "Twin Peaks."

As the full-page ad ABC has run in several magazines this week puts it:

"Finally. Find out who killed Laura Palmer. Really."
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