TWIN PEAKS Weekly WTF
I have chosen to cover TWIN PEAKS here on the werewolves site instead of on one of our sister sites (darkness.com, vampires.com, topcomics.com, and zombies.org) due to the connection with demonic possession and serial killers. These twain are a better fit for a website catering to all things werewolf. I do realize that not EVERY werewolf mark is also necessarily a TWIN PEAKS fan–but they should be. Bear with me, then, all you non-initiates. Or better yet, go binge watch the show and get caught up. Then you can join in the shared sense of WHAT THE EVERLIVIN’ F*CK?! that all fans of the series are experiencing right now.
Anyone who has tried to create something, whether a screenplay, a novel, the script for a stage play, or what have you, has had to deal with THEM. No, not the giant ants from the movie of that title. By THEM I mean the accursed non-writers who nevertheless think they know better than the creator–the bloody editorial types. Sometimes the editors are right, and when they are they should be listened to. Sometimes, though, they don’t, as my Grammaw used to say, know their asses from a hole in the ground. (Considering I used to work as an editor myself, I know whereof I speak. There is no special degree in editor-ing, no special training. It’s all just OPINION. And their opinions aren’t necessarily any more correct than anybody else’s. I mean, mine were, but not every editor’s are.)
One of the greatest of the modern bugaboos for writers is the damnable issue of PACING. Breakneck pacing is in vogue right now. Movies, TV shows, you name it. The pace can’t slow down for a second, because the modern viewer/reader doesn’t have the attention span to stay with it (whatever “it” is) if you give them a second to stop and think. This is partially true, thanks to the oversaturation of flash-bang imagery, living as we do in an Xbox world where sensory input is machine-gunned at us every minute of the day. It can be taken too far, though. Want characterization? Too bad! Gotta nix it! Pacing! Want symbolism? Well out with it! Pacing! Want your characters to have a moment of quiet introspection? What are ye, daft?! PACING! I, and a lot of fans, miss the old-school method of storytelling, where things weren’t always being thrown at you at a hundred miles an hour.
That’s one of the reasons why I’m enjoying this third season of TWIN PEAKS despite its maddeningly slow progression. It’s like David Lynch is standing with his middle finger fully extended, telling all the editorial types to go fly kites. Because he’s David Lynch, and he doesn’t have to listen to anybody. It’s a deliberate thing with Lynch, so it’s okay. He knows he has fans sitting on the edge of their seats, waving their hands over their heads, exclaiming “But where is [fill in the blank]?!” or “When is Agent Cooper going to [fill in the blank]?!” We are several episodes into the new season now, and it feels like we’ve just started. He’s teasing us, making us wait. He’s a sadist, that Lynch, but he’s a brilliant sadist. And when all these loose WTF threads are finally drawn together, we’ll understand just HOW brilliant.
You just KNOW it’s driving the suits at Showtime crazy, though. But what are they gonna do? He’s David Lynch!