On my long list of “shows I intend to watch one of these days”, Twin Peaks sits pretty near the top. It’s been on Netflix forever, but I’ve always avoided it because I am a giant chicken and don’t handle creepy/scary stuff very well. Today, I finally started the show. Since I’m relatively clueless about the show, I figured I’d post the notes I took while watching the first episode. Two things I should mention: 1. Going into this, all I really knew was that the story is about a girl who gets murdered and is from a super weird town. 2. I started taking notes half-way through the episode, so the first part of my notes are really out of order, but are thoughts & questions I had before I started note taking.
Twin Peaks Episode 1, Season 1: Pilot
-Why do I always want to call this show Twin Pines? Is it because I’ve seen Back to the Future so many times?
-What is the deal with how Laura’s mom is crying? Like did they hypnotize her so she’ll talk?
-What’s this bobby-soxer girl’s name? I think I’m gonna call her Peggy Sue. Seems like a better name than whatever her name actually is.
-When is this supposed to be taking place? The 50’s? The 80’s? I’m confused by the costuming choices.
-GAH! How far is he gonna stick that pair of tweezers under the girl’s fingernail?
-Oh look, it’s the guy from SG1. He was more likeable in SG1.
-Is that how a student’s death normally gets announced to the whole school?
-The music. It’s so bizarrely Hallmark Channel. Somehow it really does work to make the episode better.
-Why does Ed’s wife have an eyepatch? Is this important? I hope it’s important.
-Police receptionist is weird.
-This whole town of +51,000 is basically shutting down. Is that normal?
-Peggy Sue is not a nice girl.
-Deputy that keeps crying. Why? How did he get the job?
-Yup, that’s blood. Creepy place for a murder.
-Kyle McLaughlin’s constant tape recording. I hope we meet Diane at some point. I really want to know what she’s like.
-So, Laura was beloved by everyone. Was she really that nice?
-Deer head on the table. Ominious? Foreshadowing?
-What’s a nice girl doing with a porno mag in a safe deposit box?
-Okay, it’s not a porno mag…It’s a prostitution mag?
-I’m worried for Shelly’s safety.
-Shelly’s husband (?), Leo, is a psycho.
-Dude, everyone in this town is having an affair, aren’t they?
-Ed’s wife and her drapes.
-Kyle McLaughlin is way too obsessed with the trees and bunnies and nature.
-Flickering lights. Definitely ominous.
-Log Lady. I’ve heard of her. She’s a lady with a log. Is the log important? Is it her child?
-Mayor Milford looks like he’s about to die. Seriously. I want to know how they’re keeping him alive. Is he a zombie? That’d be kind of cool. Zombie Mayor.
-Okay, it’s a serial killer they’re after. Town’s creepy enough, seems appropriate that a serial killer might reside there.
-I have a feeling I should not watch this show after dark, alone.
-Eileen and her husband are Donna’s parents? Grandparents?
-No, Donna, don’t go outside. That seems super stupid. Maybe she killed Laura so she knows she’s safe?
-Harriet seems serial killer-ish too.
-Really, Dr. Hayward? You’re just going to let it slide that these boys are drinking and driving?
-Yeah, Bobby seems good to drive. (insert eye-roll)
-Dr. Hayward, you are a terrible guardian/parent/guy.
-Okay, I’ve got zero experience with biker bars, but the Roadhouse doesn’t seem like it’s actually a biker bar. It seems like it’s filled with people that wish they were bikers, but aren’t. Aspiring bikers.
– I’m finding the use of the color red very interesting. I’m sure it’s symbolic.
-Mike is an abusive turd.
-I really hope Harry doesn’t turn out to be a bad guy, cause I’m liking him.
-“Fire Walk With Me” What does it mean?
-This show isn’t super scary, but it’s definitely creepy.
-Super awkward make-out scene alert. “I’m sorry.” “I’m not sorry.” I’m a bit confused.
-Why do I feel like every single thing in this show is worth noticing?
-These kids really need to be wearing helmets if they’re going to be riding motorcycles.
-Okay, Dr. Hayward is Donna’s dad. The Haywards are kind of old for having teenagers.
-Lucy sets up the donuts every night. She completely covers the better part of the table with donut stacks. Why not just leave them in the box? Also, won’t they be super dried out and stale in the morning?
-Barking. Yeah, boys, that’s real mature. Makes you look really mentally stable.
-Jo and the sheriff are really cute together. I have a bad feeling about this.
-Okay, Laura’s mom is psychic? Also, her reactions to things feels very over-the-top.
Okay, that’s it for my first trip to Twin Peaks. Episode 1 definitely held my attention, and I’m quite curious to see what happens.