Dang, finally. I thought I was going to have to borrow Jordan's VHS copies.
VHS? I'm choking on my own rage here!
Besides, Summerisle has perfect DVD bootlegs of season 2.
Now all they need to do is release the broadcast version of the series premiere.
Yeah, they were taken from the lazer disc so the quality is great. Season 2 has some incredible moments and a couple of classic episodes but some of the subplots get a little stupid. Ben Horne's Civil War Re-enactment? Nadine thinks she's a teenager? I don't think they could have sustained a 3rd season even if it wasn't canceled. The revealing of the killer in the mirror was pure brilliance.
I have a good bootleg DVD of the original broadcast. God, why has it been so difficult to bring this series to DVD?
johnnysweatpants,Yeah! That single (Lynch directed) episode is astoundingly good. I still get chills when I think of the horse in the living room...and the rhythm of the stuck phonograph needle going "ca-clack ca-clack... ca-clack ca-clack..." through the entire murder scene.
I have a funny story about that episode.During Twin Peaks' original run I was part of a group of friends who were total Twin Peaks fanatics (theorizing, reading the books etc.) including my roommate, Katie. Everybody would come over every week and watch the show at my house, and late arrivals were frantically screamed at to "SHUT UP!" when the show came on.At the time of the episode in question, I was finishing up the final draft of the book I was writing at the time, which meant I was spending time at my Mom's office in Midtown, because they had a laser printer that I could use. I would basically get locked into the office at the end of the work day, stay trapped there all night working on my book and printing it out (I brought "lunch"), and then getting out of there at seven AM when the building re-opened.On the day that Twin Peaks 15 was broadcast, I carefully told Katie, "Katie, I want you to tape Twin Peaks tonght so I can watch it later. Furthermore I want you to not tell me what happens in the show because I would very much like to see it for myself, spoiler-free."Katie came through and taped the episode, and I worked on the book like I described for another four days, and managed to keep from finding out who killed Laura Palmer (but it was a near thing). During this time Mindy asked if she could borrow the tape so her boyfriend (who also had missed the episode) could watch it.I said sure but please be very careful and do not drop it in the sewer or erase it or tape "Days of Our Lives" over it or anything. She promised, and she and her boyfriend went off with the tape.I finally got the tape back a week later and by this time I was going nuts because I still hadn't watched it and I was constantly fleeing Twin Peaks conversations so that nobody would give it away.Finally I put the tape into the VCR and pressed play.BUT WHAT I DID NOT KNOW WAS THIS:At the exact moment that Leland looks in the mirror and his reflection turns into Bob...on THAT EXACT FUCKING FRAME of Twin Peaks...Mindy's boyfriend Stephen was so completely freaked out that he simply could not keep watching and he impulsively stabbed his finger out and hit the STOP button on the VCR.Mindy kept urging Stephen to watch the rest, but he could not, because it was so upsetting (or whatever). Besides, he now knew the secret, so there wasn't much point. (There's only about four minutes left at that point anyway.)Meanwhile I was begging for the tape, so at some point Mindy just pressed EJECT and put the tape in its box and gave it back to me.Since I can't imagine returning a tape to someone without rewinding it first (for whatever reasons) I didn't think about rewinding: I just popped the tape in...two weeks after the broadcast...having managed to avoid all spoilers...pressed play...and had the entire thing ruined with the first frame I saw.
Oh wow that sucks. Wow.Heh. What's the lesson there, exactly?Be kind and rewind.Don't lend Mindy anything.Don't write novels.
I'd go with the second of your three reads of the scenario.What was amazing was that she kept insisting that I "didn't understand" what had happened and how blameless they were, since all Stephen had done was freak out at some cutting-edge art and all she'd done was respect his wishes and then give me my tape back like I asked. Why couldn't I "understand" this and, therefore, not be so unreasonably irritated?
"Don't write novels" is so obvious a principle that it hardly warrants mentioning.
What I learned from Jordan's sad tale was that Stephen is a pussy.
"oh shit, there's a horse in the living room."(quote that only octo will get)
And I do!
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