Twin peaks: Mid-Season 2 (Revisited)

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I have always thought that the second part of S2 worked really well within the context of the show. It was a much needed relaxing point, before the sheer madness of The Return.

With that said, it did have lots and lots of boring plotlines, which haven't lead anywhere. This edit disposes of them, in the best way possible.

My favourite thing is how Windom Earle was handled, he really is a lot more menacing, and feels like a genuine threat.

I'm happy to say, that the second season is now great, and an absolute pleasure to watch.

Many thanks, MisterCooper.

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All right now, so, Twin Peaks is not just any show; it's easily one of the absolute richest, most tantalizing, unusual, daring, confoundingly mysterious mythologies existing in fiction. I remember seeing the premiere way back when and the show never left me; lo these long years waiting to see what happened to our dear fallen angel "Agent Cooper" (Audrey's last words...), and in 2017 getting more than just a valentine from that most scrupulous of alchemical wizard magicians, David Lynch, but instead a stone masterpiece which exploded all of our attempts at theorizing the mythos, and into a brand-new, expanded sphere beyond the wildest dreams of even the most die-hard champion of Twin Peaks, who understands innately that this isn't a "show". Never was, and never will be.

Now that I've planted my flag firmly in the ground, let me say to you, dear reader, taking your time and, grinning perhaps in that achingly knowing way only a fellow fan would understand, or grinning in bewilderment over this dude's weird rambling if you're uninitiated (poor you!), that you know as much as I do the flaws that exist in Season 2 remain forever the (necessary?) fly in the ointment.

I've tried my own hand at editing the series down, with little success, although with a cheap piece of software it's relatively easy to isolate the idiocy of some of those decidedly pseudo-Lynchian plotlines and jettison them. I had my own cut for a while which succeeded to a degree, but I wanted to watch a more professional labor of love. My two cents:

Coop here has done the expected - let me break down the pros and cons of this project:

*Dick & Nick - gone. Nothing needs to be said here.

*James & Evelyn - gone....almost. I think our last glimpse of James should be riding the bike out of Twin Peaks. There's no need to bring the story in at all, as it is awkward and as jittery in this truncated form. Just have Donna get that postcard from San Fran and that's that.

*Pete & Catherine - interesting to see the stuff of them with Josie (<-- you understand why the log lady talks to her log, right?) jettisoned; now that it's gone, it does seem extremely out of character for Pete to bully her, given the utter sweetness of that relationship. Pete in general has such a charm that any scene with him and any woman in Twin Peaks is worth keeping (more on this later), but the few scenes where he goes on with Catherine are indeed weird.

*Ben / Audrey / Bobby - yes, minimized to include only the bare essentials of getting Bobby in with Ben. (*it is telling how inane Sherilyn Fenn's "like to lick" line is delivered; she clearly is needing the maestro's hand to handle these kinds of scenes)

*I think we still have one Nadine wrestling scene too many; otherwise, I've always been pleasantly charmed by this plotline.

*The entire plotline with Lana serves ultimately to deal with the Mayor's reaction to her not winning. I wonder if any of that stuff is even remotely needed, because I think his "outrage" could be edited around. Intrepid editor - is there a larger reason for keeping all this in there other than the buildup to the contest and her loss?

*Pete & Audrey - now, now, now....we absolutely HAVE to have the scene where Pete comforts Audrey post-Jack blowing town. I mean, c'mon, that's a beauty, and goes right with the awkwardly charming age gap between Pete and any woman 1/3rd his age (and leads nicely into their sweetly greeting one another as she's chained to the bank vault in the finale - Pete meets his demise in her presence, and this scene should be there. "Love stinks." - Audrey. Indeed. Pete invites her fishing. Man, that's such sweet stuff I was sad to see it go.

However, I'm more than happy to have Jack's "yes I tuck in my sweater" moment gone. What a howler that one always was.

*Earle - now, this was interesting to see, or, more to the point, to ***not see***. I didn't ever think to remove his scenes with Leo and, yes, in thinking about it they are pretty ridiculous, but now the absence of these makes Earle a better character. I do think it would be interesting to have him simply say, "I'm Windom" to Leo without the last name. His absence is great, fantastic, and it does add a layer of real weirdness to what may exactly be going on with Windom and Leo (that's up to our viewer now), especially in light of Coop's discovery of the handwriting, and Leo's return to Twin Peaks (at the beginning, not end, of your Ep 19) with him chained up and trying to ensure the Major doesn't suffer the same mysterious fate as whatever it is he is going through (again, less is more here!)

HOWEVER, we have got to have the spiders. We have to have the spiders. If for no other reason than to allow for Lynch's finale episode to have that wonderful moment where Leo is shown "having the time of his life" with the spiders. Spiders! Let's have spiders!

All the kudos in the world to you, Agent Cooper. I had a blast watching this over the past number of weeks. Anyone who appreciates the mythos of Twin Peaks on the deep rabbit hole level it should be appreciated on can relate to editing projects like this one. If you're interested and game for any of the suggestions above for a v2 or 3 of any of the eps, please let me know, I'd love to see them.

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I'm a working dad with a wife and kids, and don't have a lot of free time. I only ever watch TV series with my wife, and we usually have similar tastes so we settle on a series and watch it after work when the kids are (finally) in bed. So, it usually works out. But not with Twin Peaks. I really wanted to watch it, and she really didn't click with it (mostly.., she did like the Laura Palmer / Dale Cooper / Black Lodge stuff, but absolutely hated all the side-plots).

We had made it to the mid-point of season 2... but I knew I was going to lose her with the mid-season slump, and I wouldn't get a chance to watch it on my own. So, if we couldn't find a way through the mid-season 2, then that was it (and I was so looking forward to The Return).

MisterCooper's fanedit saved my marriage.

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I'm an avid David Lynch fan and I've watched Twin Peaks straight through many a time. Season 2 becomes a slog, many know that. I'm normally not keen on Lynch fan edits, but considering that he didn't have as much input in this stretch of episodes, a fan edit seemed appropriate for this case.

MisterCooper worked fantastically to trim the clumsier elements from the later third of the series, resulting in two fewer episodes when everything's said and done. Some highlights:

- James's arc is stripped to its bare essentials, giving more of a glimpse into his soap opera escapades rather than languishing in it. I consider that this works, as the less of this content, the better.
- Little Nicky is gone.
- Ben Horne's Civil War charade is reduced to a single-scene inclusion.
- Windham Earle is handled verrrrrry differently. While I appreciate his character in the original show, the restraint in his inclusion here works to boot the mystique of his presence.

The edit itself is technically tight and the narrative holds together with greater tension and a more focused mystery. My only qualm is the inconsistent runtime of the separate episodes, but I understand that managing this while stitching together a fragmented story would be difficult. In the case of marathoning, this note is minor anyhow.

I'd suggest any fan of Twin Peaks give this edit a shot, definitely for any nonpurist who struggles through season 2.

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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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