“Every single week I’ve watched this show, I don’t know what to expect,” Zach Laws admits during our fifth installment of Gold Derby’s ongoing video chat series (watch above) about Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival. After all of the hype, mystery and excitement of the premiere in May, this anticipated revival of “Twin Peaks” continues to beguile, shock and transfix loyal viewers every week. Gold Derby is presenting video recaps with our staff of writers and editors to break down the labyrinthine storylines and bizarre plot twists, and this week Charles Bright, Zach and I are back to discuss episodes six to nine of this confronting, enchanting and invigorating masterpiece.
Although we had a lot of ground to cover because it has been a few weeks since our last recap video, we were immediately eager to share our thoughts about “Part 8,” a divisive ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ avant-garde fever-dream of an episode. The program stars Kyle MacLachlan plus newcomers Laura Dern, Robert Forster, and Naomi Watts among a cast of over 200 people.
Zach doesn’t mince words when expressing how he feels about the highlight episode. “Not only was it the best episode of television in 2017, but also one of the fullest expressions of David Lynch’s obsessions, his talents, the things that have defined him and his art throughout these past 40 years now.”
“I am invigorated, confused, I laugh, I’m scared, I’m enchanted,” he says. “At the end of the episode I wondered what did I just watch and I want to immediately talk to people who have also watched it, and see what they thought. This show is alive in a way that other TV shows and quite frankly most movies are not. And that’s really exciting.”
“I think I kind of really loved it. And I can’t get it out of my head. I have not gotten it out of my head since watching it,” I say hesitantly. “I didn’t know what the hell I was watching. It was really loud and confronting and there’s just so much to unpack. I don’t even know where to begin. But I was transfixed, and I was confused. And I didn’t even know if I liked it at the time, because I felt so uncomfortable. But by the end of it, it all kind of clicked in. I think I really loved that. I’m not making a lot of sense, which I think is really apt for what we are talking about.”
Charles also loves “Part 8,” and notes that he is enjoying watching this show unfurl as a true representation of what helmer Lynch is trying to achieve. “When I watch this, there is no doubt in my mind that this is what David Lynch wanted to make. Remember, with ‘Twin Peaks,’ there were other writers on the show, there was other directors for other episodes. But this is all his. This is what he wants to do. So I’m completely game for it, as someone who appreciates someone being able to exercise their artistic license to their full ability, I really think that is an amazing thing.”
Fans of “Twin Peaks” will have to wait until next year to see if the show can make an impact at the Emmys (as it is not eligible for Emmy consideration this season). Be sure to make your Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.