DAVID LYNCH – TWIN
– DEFINTIVE GOLD
BOX EDITION – 2010
It all starts the way we remember
the film, but we soon are going to be lost in translation, we are going to lose
our memory and we are bound to loosen our minds into something that sounds like
derangement. And we find out in the final “Lost and Found” that some lines were
dropped along the way that would have made the surreal aspect even deeper,
darker and bleaker.
A long bloody series of killings
one after the other brings a federal Special Agent, a certain Dale Cooper, into
the picture of this panoramic and flabbergasting mountain-scape from upland Wasington
at the very border to Canada.
And we wonder why a great film director decided to become the director – and creator
– of a TV series. And we do not know, and we cannot know, and the concerned
director could not even know himself. He felt the impulse, he needed some extra
money, or he wanted to discover some new territory. But who cares anyway.
This series produced in 1990-1991
and followed by the film “Twin Peaks
Walk With Me” in 1992 opened completely new territories and trails in TV art,
because TV can be an art. First it completely dropped the autonomous episode
syndrome and the whole series is but one story that cannot be considered as
sliced up in episodes that would be autonomous one from the other. Each episode
ends up with a strong at times melodramatic, most of the type pretty dramatic
last touch that is supposed to create fear and to call for anxiety and expectation.
And it is not simply what Stephen King recalls about the special teenage matinee
films in the old days with one serial character, with one unified episode each
week, and yet each one ending right in the most atrociously suspenseful event,
like a cliffhanger just losing his grip two thousand feet over the firm ground
at the foot of the cliff, but after concluding his business of the week just
In the case of this series that
suspenseful last touch is in fact opening a new can of worms that is an
amplification of the very episode and yet forcing us to lose all our certainty
about what has happened in this episode, hence throwing our minds into
disbelief and doubt about the whole story line and what could come next. This
suspense does not require us to suspend our disbelief. It creates in our
consciousness absolute disbelief about any hypotheses or conclusion we might
have come to.
And sure enough from a simple
detective story, a banal crime story or even a lackluster serial killer story
we move to a vengeance story, a ghost story, a supernatural story, a fantastic
dark fantasy of a story that never stops going beyond the margin and limits of
This series has had many
descendants, many children and grandchildren, from “Lost” to “Supernatural” or all
the mini series produced by Stephen King or other people in the same line. As
such David Lynch has opened up a real can of real rodent bugs that are haunting
us, gnawing at our guts and munching our vitals with teeth of steel.
The present Gold Box Edition is particularly
welcome because the modern definition of our screens and the wide size of these
screens being what they are, this product that was done for low definition and
small screens becomes magical. The editor of the set goes as far as giving us,
at the very end some small scenes that were deleted, supposedly lost and
miraculously retrieved, precisely in the low definition of the time and we can remember
the fuzziness of these pictures, though at the time it was less visible because
the screens were so small that the pixels were nearly microscopic.
We thus can enjoy the rich
setting slightly overcrowded with props and detail, the encumbered movements
and actions that find all their power and force in today’s technical conditions,
all for our best enjoyment.
But does it mean anything?
I am afraid not. I can’t really
tell you the end, but let’s say it is becoming common today, especially after
the last volume of the “Dark
” series by Stephen
King in which the last page of the seventh and chronologically last volume is word
for word the same as the first page of the very first volume. David Lynch is a
lot more complex than just repeating the first scene of the first episode in
the last scene of the last episode, but altogether it is the same pattern. Life
is eternal because it repeats itself. Life is deadly, fatal, lethal, because it
can start all over again just after death has struck.
The only deeper reflection you
may get out of this series is that nature is beautiful, man, (and woman) is a dirty
littering filthy polluting animal but deep deeper deepest in this world the
polluter always gets it right bang in their faces. There is always a pine
weasel that can bite your nose. Apart from that it is pure entertainment and
story telling, even if at times the story telling is kind of twisted and
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU