In 2003 I started working at a video store. One of the benefits of the job was being able to rent movies for free. There were thousands of movies to pick, so I decided at that moment I would attempt to watch those movies that many considered “must see before you die”. Watching Citizen Kane, one of the greatest films of all time, and then watching The Evil Dead, one of the greatest cult films of all time, makes for an interesting afternoon.
This goal turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. There were countless movies of varying genre that were “must see”. I decided to narrow my list down to whatever The Simpsons had referenced in their episodes. This naturally led to me wanting to watch the 90s television show Twin Peaks. Of course the more hype something has the longer it takes me to watch it.
When the wonder that is Netflix came into my life three years ago, I put the Twin Peaks into my queue. It stayed there until one beautiful autumn day in which I spent most of the morning battling the flu on my couch, I finally watched it. All I knew about the show at the time was that The Simpsons referenced it in the two part episode of Who Shot Mr.Burns and that it ended on a cliff hanger.
When I finally sat down to watch it I was intrigued within minutes, but that quickly turned to, “What the heck is going on?”
These characters were unlike anything I had ever seen. They broke all the stereotypical rules of what their characters should be like and made inane observations that didn’t seem to really go with the plot or theme of the show. Never the less, I continued to watch the show and slowly found myself falling in love with it.
Twin Peaks is the only show I’ve ever sat down and read fan fiction in hopes that would help curb my addiction. I purchased the special Blu-ray edition in order to finally watch the infamous Twin Peaks prequel, Fire Walk With Me.
Even though you can stream Twin Peaks on Netflix cheaper than purchasing the Blu-ray (and easier), but being able to view the show is also location dependent.
Those in America can stream the show, but that is not the same for those living in Europe. After sitting back and watching the first few episodes there is a considerable difference in the quality of what you are watching and hearing when it comes to streaming and Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray edition presents a clearer picture and better sound. It also includes extra features that provide you with another look from those who helped make the show. The special edition includes special features which include David Lynch talking about the show and what it has meant to him, including his regrets.
There is also deleted scenes, outtakes, and an option to begin certain episodes with the Log Lady speaking in her usual mysterious way about the episode you are about to watch.
Many have said that the show was way ahead of its time. I must say I disagree. The show was timed perfectly. I cannot imagine FBI Agent Gordon Cole without his oversized hearing aid or Laura’s diary being replaced with her Facebook or Twitter accounts. The show is still great and each time I watch I notice something I never did before. If you are a fan of the show Twin Peaks than this is a perfect way to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Laura’s “return”.