The Twin Peaks season premiere was damn hard work

Unless you have been living in a cave, you will have probably heard about Twin Peaks coming back on Sunday night with a two-part premiere. With me living in the U.K. and having to start work super early, it took me quite a while to get through the two hour show and I’m glad I did it in a few sittings because it was seriously hard work and really tested my tolerance for the weird.

I’m not gonna recap the episodes because that is pointless, those articles have been around for a day now (check one out here), but I’m gonna start out by saying I’m not a diehard fan. I started watching the show for the first time in February (I wanted to see what the fuss was about) and was done in April and that’s quite a long time considering there’s only 30 episodes so I like it but I don’t love it. It’s freaking weird and season two lost its way between the conclusion of the Laura Palmer whodunnit and the Windom Earle mystery.

Back to the premiere: I could not tell you what was happening in the first 30-45 minutes because there were so many separate strands that seemed totally unconnected and I was totally baffled. I was trying SO hard to concentrate and take it all in because I know it will be important some way down the line but it was so slow. I’m not gonna lie to you, I struggled to keep my eyes open on a few occasions so I stopped it and gave myself a break. I know I need to pay full attention!

That’s not to say I didn’t connect with it at all – I was really intrigued by the New York-based glass box storyline and the horrific deaths that came shortly afterwards and I was into the whole Matthew Lillard murder suspect plot – but it was just the slow bits in between that sucked my energy. What I liked about the original Twin Peaks was that it was weird within the structure of a small town whodunnit mystery and this so much bigger – we have more locations, so many characters to keep up with (I was unable to follow) and a more ambitious and batshit crazy story.

I’m certain it will pay off and I’m totally down with watching all 18 episodes to see where it goes but I also know that they will be many slow, WTF moments that test me along the way. As long as it’s worth it in the end, I don’t mind.

PS. Please bring back good Agent Cooper – I don’t like this creepy long-haired fella!

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