‘Twin Peaks’ Pilot and ‘Fire Walk with Me’

Welcome to a special, epic two-part magnum opus where we look at the bookended films that encapsulated the ‘Twin Peaks’ phenomenon of the early 1990s, beginning with the two-hour pilot episode and concluding with the oft-maligned theaterical release ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.’

Film: Twin Peaks (Pilot) (1990) and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Rated: (Fire Walk with Me) R
Directed by: David Lynch
Written by: David Lynch and Mark Frost

Starring: Kyle MacLachlin as Special Agent Dale Cooper
              Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
              Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs
              Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward (played by Moira Kelly in FWWM)
              Madchen Amick as Shelly Johnson
              Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer/Madeline Ferguson
              Ray Wise as LeLand Palmer
By Joe Campanella of Cinema-Fist
Pre-screeening memories: Growing up I was exposed to many different kinds of films. You see, I had a brother who was 14 years older than me, so naturally I’d pick up on a few things most 10-year-olds didn’t.
While the kids at school were telling me how great Home Alone was, I was raving about Barton Fink. My God, I was pretentious even back then?
As a kid I remember my brother being obsessed with this show because someone named David Lynch was at the helm. (Having grown up and seen most of Lynch’s work I now know why.) Every week, my brother would put on the TV and watch another episode of this odd show about the murder of someone named Laura Palmer.
To be honest, I really didn’t remember much from this show, other than this…
…which made me, at the time, very scared of couches (my brother would often recreate this scene in our living room, throughly freaking me out).
The other thing I remembered quite vividly was Cooper’s dream…
 
…which also frightened me immensely.
Was Joe still having horrific nighmares of The Log Lady, Bob, Laura Palmer, dopplegangers and the Little Person who was actually a disembodied left arm (yes, it’s all as strange as it sounds) ? You can find out about he pilot episode of Twin Peaks here (or listen below),
as Joe and Rob talk about the pilot and the subsequent mania that was Twin Peaks. Then head over to:
 Part II: Where Joe and Rob conclude their visit to Twin Peaks with a look back to Fire Walk with Me.
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9 Comments

  1. Twin Peaks – the gift that keeps on giving. That scene terrified me too and I didn’t see it until I was your brother’s age.

  2. Rob, you might be interested in a series I started a while back: an episode-by-episode of Twin Peaks (you can check it out here: http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2008/08/twin-peaks.html )

  3. Excellent conversation, and let me forward Twin-Peakians as a possible moniker for fans. Also, the show would not have been the same without Mel Ferrer in one of the most hysterically funny turns in the whole series.

  4. MovieMan is the man when it comes to Twin Peaks.

    His diesections are wonderful to read. Very insightful stuff!

    Thanks Rob! This was fun!

  5. MovieMan,
    Wow, very thorough. I will have to clear my stack of Cat Fancy mags off my nighstand and sit down with printouts of your take on the series. Thanks for the link. Very informative.

  6. Bo,
    I thought of another one: Twin Peak-achoose… *crickets* No? Is this thing on?

  7. How about Twin Peakanese? These are all good. We need someone from one of the Peaks’ fan sites to stop by, look down their nose at us, and snidely correct us before launching into a dissection of the pie subtext.

  8. Hi,
    I’m searching the movie-poster of ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Twin peaks, Fire walk with me’…
    Where can i find those?

    I’m from Belgium.

    Gr.

    • I would go to allposters.com or on amazon.com. It’s about $20. Happy hunting


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