Twin peaks: Mid-Season 2 (Revisited)

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Original Release Date:
1991
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616 minutes
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Synopsis:
ABC forced Frost and Lynch to name the killer mid-season and it really changed the series direction from Episode 10 and on.
This fanfix covers ONLY those episodes, which is everything after Laura's killer's reveal.

The goal of this edit is to keep the main Cooper/Black Lodge story in focus while also keeping the subplots that
actually had a payoff at the end of the season and keeping Windom Earle a more menacing force.
Intention:
Was very disappointed with the direction of Windom Earle and the filler plotlines (like most fans) in Season 2.
I also thought it could use a few updated pieces of music, I used 2 tracks by David Lynch that fit very nicely.

Other Sources:
DAVID LYNCH – THE BIG DREAM: SUPER DELUXE EDITION - "Say It' (Instrumental Version) - Replaces James motorcyle music
DAVID LYNCH & LYKKE LI – "I'm Waiting Here" (Instrumental Version) - Replaces Ben Horne's 8mm film screening
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Removed Little Nicky subplot (Andy/Dick/Lucy already have another subplot happening)

Removed all of Windom Earle and Leo scenes till the very end *Episode 19*.
Pushing Windom to the back gives Cooper an opportunity again to be a detective on-screen.

Leo no longer gets killed by spiders, his death happens off-screen now and isn't played silly.

Removed Catherine eavesdropping on Josie when on the phone with Eckhart.

Removed some scenes of Pete and Catherine giving Josie a hard time as a maid.
We see her become a maid and her vent to Harry about it already, but removed most of this as the story ran on too long.

Removed Ben's dissociative Civil War fugue/ Audrey & Bobby team up that goes on forever.

Removed Lana and Dick scenes at Miss Twin Peaks audition rehearsal.

Removed scene of Audrey and Pete watching Jack's plane fly away.

Removed 98% of James's subplot when he leaves Twin peaks. His story happens off-screen but
Donna does go searching for him and is in for a surprise.

Trimmed up Garland being shot by the horse. It no longer shows Windom Earle's face and shows Garland's vision instead.

Removed Dartboard Garland scenes.

Reorganized the Nadine/Mike/Hank/Ed/Norma subplot.

Removed scene of Audrey and Jack that breaks up the scene of Harry being attacked.

Cut Ben Horne making shadow puppets when Hank tells him he's fired.

Updated two songs in Episode 11 with 2 instrumental tracks by David Lynch ("Say it" & "Waiting Here" Instrumental (from The Big Dream).

Recreated opening credits for Episode 17 because I didn't have footage I could use. (This episode had Windom and Leo in the opening)
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Original Release Date:
1991
Original Running Time:
616 minutes
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493 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
ABC forced Frost and Lynch to name the killer mid-season and it really changed the series direction from Episode 10 and on.
This fanfix covers ONLY those episodes, which is everything after Laura's killer's reveal.

The goal of this edit is to keep the main Cooper/Black Lodge story in focus while also keeping the subplots that
actually had a payoff at the end of the season and keeping Windom Earle a more menacing force.
Intention:
Was very disappointed with the direction of Windom Earle and the filler plotlines (like most fans) in Season 2.
I also thought it could use a few updated pieces of music, I used 2 tracks by David Lynch that fit very nicely.

Other Sources:
DAVID LYNCH – THE BIG DREAM: SUPER DELUXE EDITION - "Say It' (Instrumental Version) - Replaces James motorcyle music
DAVID LYNCH & LYKKE LI – "I'm Waiting Here" (Instrumental Version) - Replaces Ben Horne's 8mm film screening
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Removed Little Nicky subplot (Andy/Dick/Lucy already have another subplot happening)

Removed all of Windom Earle and Leo scenes till the very end *Episode 19*.
Pushing Windom to the back gives Cooper an opportunity again to be a detective on-screen.

Leo no longer gets killed by spiders, his death happens off-screen now and isn't played silly.

Removed Catherine eavesdropping on Josie when on the phone with Eckhart.

Removed some scenes of Pete and Catherine giving Josie a hard time as a maid.
We see her become a maid and her vent to Harry about it already, but removed most of this as the story ran on too long.

Removed Ben's dissociative Civil War fugue/ Audrey & Bobby team up that goes on forever.

Removed Lana and Dick scenes at Miss Twin Peaks audition rehearsal.

Removed scene of Audrey and Pete watching Jack's plane fly away.

Removed 98% of James's subplot when he leaves Twin peaks. His story happens off-screen but
Donna does go searching for him and is in for a surprise.

Trimmed up Garland being shot by the horse. It no longer shows Windom Earle's face and shows Garland's vision instead.

Removed Dartboard Garland scenes.

Reorganized the Nadine/Mike/Hank/Ed/Norma subplot.

Removed scene of Audrey and Jack that breaks up the scene of Harry being attacked.

Cut Ben Horne making shadow puppets when Hank tells him he's fired.

Updated two songs in Episode 11 with 2 instrumental tracks by David Lynch ("Say it" & "Waiting Here" Instrumental (from The Big Dream).

Recreated opening credits for Episode 17 because I didn't have footage I could use. (This episode had Windom and Leo in the opening)
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The first and only way I have seen this section of Twin Peaks so far, the second half of Season 2's reputation had led me to intentionally avoid investing time in the franchise until I noticed this edit crop up in the forum.

Apart from a few instances (couple of shots feeling a touch short, the remaining sections of James Hurley's very abridged story feeling a little out of place) this edit follows the preceding half-season very naturally. It can't help feeling different to what came before (with the central mystery of the earlier episodes being solved), but in my opinion this can be overcome simply by considering it as a separate season, say Season 2.5.

Not sure when (if ever) I will get around to watching the edited episodes in their original form, will update the review if necessary. From what clips I have seen of them though I think that could only make this edit look better in comparison!

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Much improved experience.

Watched second 2 with a brand new first time watcher.
As James' side thing is quickly wrapped up, first time watcher says "I'm glad I didn't have to sit through all that."
Billy Zane still feels dropped in, and then Annie. First time watcher says "I guess if they added someone for Audrey, they had to add in a girl for Coop." Guess he exists to add to the theme of love.
Nadine is a lot of comic relief.

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Short and sweet. I forgot to review this edit when I watched it. Probably because I was just so blown away. I've now watched it I don't know how many times. It's on a loop with the first season and the first half of the second season. I don't much bother with the original back half of the season. I just watch this. Great edit. Very well done. Perfect for the fan who wants to cute through the garbage and get straight to a more serious back half of season 2. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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First time Twin Peaks watcher. I was a ways into the post-Lynch episodes and staring at my monitor almost saying out loud, "Just cut this entire plotline". I skipped ahead to episode 21 and immediately was sad that I missed what had happened because even without David Lynch directing (I know he didn't direct much of the show regardless) I felt that the show had definitely recovered and felt like Twin Peaks again.

So I went back and started about halfway through Mister Cooper's edited episode 13. I definitely noted that I wasn't actively angry at the show anymore but it still wasn't peak Peaks.

Episode 14 felt a little slow with all the random citizens having so much plot to do but I started getting back into it and the random plotlines did start to feel a little meatier than soap opera writing. I still hate Amnesia Nadine being a subplot at all, was hoping she'd be gone, but only one short scene so not too bad. The Josie plot coming to a head felt like the first BIG Twin Peaks is back moment.

Ep 15 The show feels back on track. Like a lesser episode from the peak Lynch Frost days. Still not a fan of Nadine but they're mercifully short scenes. This version of the show really preserves the depressive post ep 9 feeling without letting it slip into meaningless filler. Which is why I think I prefer having an edited down s2 second half instead of a brutal cutting of ep 9 to 22 with as few scenes as possible. Cooper is settling in as a local so cutting this more relaxed arc out completely would probably mess with the overall feeling of the show.

Ep 19 Overall it's been pretty seamless. What's really interesting is that the way Leo and Windom Earle only have three scenes together in this version makes you imagine what went on between them that whole stretch. The way Leo tells the Major to save Shelley becomes another tension tool pointed at the Miss Twin Peaks Pageant. And the way it's edited makes it seem like Earle is just talking to Leo's motionless corpse which makes Earle quite threatening and mad.

So here at the end I guess I'd say that I still hate Nadine's whole amnesia storyline and you could probably edit it out (I haven't watched Return though so I could be wrong and it gets referenced a lot), but that's about it as far as the bad stuff goes. The season hits a lull after episode 9 but this edit has made it feel like a natural downbeat part of the story instead of filler.

Watched the final unedited episode of season 2. The single edit (other than cutting Nadine's amnesia) I would suggest is to take out the shot of Leo struggling with the string in his mouth. Although not explicit, I had the sense from the last time Windom Earle talked to him that he was already dead and just slumped against the wall. So editing this out of the final episode would be good. As is you don't have context in this edit for what is happening with the string, so just cutting it would work the best.

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I've been a fan of David Lynch's work since this series back in the 90's. I, like many others, were sorely disappointed in how the second half of Season 2 went. Despite this, I ended up buying probably every release of this show, including VHS, the Korean release of the Pilot episode, multiple versions of the DVD releases, and now digitally.

The parts that MisterCooper deals with are exactly the things that need removing. This version definitely returns a good-watching experience with the show's second half. I agree with some of the others, that there may be a little too much Nadine, with the wrestling or tossing. But at least its watchable as presented. It felt like the James story line was left hanging a bit. But to be fair I couldn't have cared less. This version was much better than what we were given.

Technically the transitions, music, and video cuts are absolutely phenomenal. The quality of this release is on par with the digital version that I started with. Absolutely stunning!

All in all, an amazing release that any TP fan should give a watch. Thanks MisterCooper, I look forward to other fanedits you have in the works.

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I have watched the original series multiple times. As many will agree the second half of season 2 went off the rails. This edit corrects that and makes the second half stand on its own. After completing the edit, I can't say there was anything that I really missed, instead I was left with a sense of satisfaction knowing that I can look forward to rewatching season 2 again in the future. Thanks MisterCooper for this truly essential edit!

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