Netflix Roulette: “Twin Peaks”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’re Katey Stoetzel and Sara Hettel, and we’ll be teaming up this semester to bring you Netflix Roulette.

Netflix Roulette is a weekly source of commentary about television shows found within Netflix’s library. Each week, we’ll randomly select a series by spinning the wheel on the Netflix Roulette website. All thoughts, observations and reviews are based only on the pilot episode of each series.

ABC’s “Twin Peaks” follows FBI agent Dale Cooper and sheriff Harry S. Truman as they investigate the murder of town sweetheart and homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The pilot, “Northwest Passage” aired Apr. 8, 1990.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXjTEw9Qm0k”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Katey: So, “Twin Peaks” is pretty much amazing.

Sara: That was a seriously heavy pilot.

Katey: Despite all the death, I couldn’t stop laughing. Mostly because I kept thinking about that “Psych” episode. I knew “Twin Peaks” was eccentric and quirky, but I wasn’t expecting so much of it.

Sara: I think it was the cheesy detective music, because I was thinking the same thing. Cooper himself is such a quirky, sort of out there character it almost feels like a show within a show because he doesn’t fit the somber nature.

Katey: I loved Cooper so much. His introduction in the car is so funny, how he’s just talking to some person named Diana into his recorder. And we stay on him for a while in that car. It’s a long scene. And it comes pretty late in the episode. Well, like half-way. But it’s perfect. And I love that cheesy detective music. On paper, this shouldn’t work. But somehow it flows so perfectly.

Sara: It took me forever to realize why his character looked so familiar and then I realized that he also plays The Captain on “How I Met Your Mother” (still bitter about that show), who is known for his murder-y, stern-looking eyes. They definitely fit Cooper as well, considering he’s meant to be the offbeat character of the town. I feel like he’s straight out of “Men In Black.”

Katey: I didn’t really see Cooper as the offbeat character. He’s definitely eccentric, but he’s the least eccentric in a very eccentric town.

Sara: See, I feel like he’s really the odd one out. Everything from the way he dresses to his very professional mannerisms make him stand out in a town where everyone else is more relaxed. As far as crazy goes, Audrey wins that prize for me with her constant, rebellious shenanigan-starting, like when she told the conference Laura had died after direct orders not to.

Katey: Audrey’s kind of devious, yeah. But I think Cooper is only the odd one out because he physically doesn’t belong in the town. He’s an outsider as it is. What I really loved about this pilot was the timing of its reveals. All the major players are connected in some way, and we don’t necessarily how until the episode decides it’s important for us to know in that moment.

Sara: Absolutely. I was pulled in right from the beginning, and my mind was blown by the whole Donna/James/Laura situation.

Katey: I wasn’t sure what to think of it. Can you share some thoughts?

Sara: It was very confusing and weird, and I’m not sure if I interpreted it correctly, but it seemed like obviously Laura and James had something going and maybe Donna also had feelings for him and vice versa? Their meeting in the woods was too intimate for friends, so I almost wonder if James was cheating on Laura with Donna, yet Donna is with Mike and Laura was with Bobby. Apparently cheating is not a crime in Twin Peaks.

Katey: Yeah, I kept feeling bad for the person being cheated on, but then it was revealed they were also cheating. It’s all a giant mess, and I’m not sure what to think about our cast of characters. Cooper seems to think someone from town killed Laura, but right now I couldn’t tell you my list of suspects. I wonder if finding out who Laura’s killer is is really the point to Twin Peaks though. It’s probably more about the town and the people in it more than anything else. And boy, do we have a weird bunch of people.

Sara: Basically, everyone sucks. I feel pretty confident that Bobby and Mike have nothing to do with it, just because they’re obvious targets. I want to say it was Donna, especially if she had a thing with James. That motive is too strong.

Katey: I’m glad they cleared Bobby right away instead of dragging that out. He’s the obvious choice, no point in making him the actual killer.

Sara: Same. I was afraid they would just arrest him for it anyway, which would have dramatically affected my opinion of the show I think.

Katey: I just have to mention the music again. Without it, “Twin Peaks” would definitely feel like a much different show than it is. And the whole premise seems pretty basic. The popular girl in school gets murdered and it affects everyone in town. But obviously there’s more going on here.

Sara: The soundtrack does really sell the show. It adds another layer of elements that makes viewers realize this isn’t just another typical crime drama. The music gives it character.

Katey: Definitely not a typical crime drama, I would agree.

“Twin Peaks” ran for two seasons on CBS and aired its series finale June 10, 1991. The show has three and a half out of five stars on Netflix. Similar titles include “The X-Files,” “Black Mirror” and “Making a Murderer.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]