paulthegrub’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've only watched the pilot so far and just wanted to give some thoughts on it. I also wanted everyone to know that I have finally started it, so yeah, I've finally started it. I feel pretty conflicted about this first episode and don't know what to expect from the rest of the series. I will say this was pretty surprising because I was told that the first episode is some pretty normal mystery thriller, but I don't get that at all. This was such a bizarre experience, but I don't know why I'm surprised. David Lynch films have the weirdest reactions because it feels like so many people feel the exact opposite way. I really don't understand what it is about David Lynch's works, but I usually can't fathom what people are talking about. A lot of people say that Blue Velvet gets better when Frank Booth appears, but he's what ruins that film for me. People think that Mullholand Drive is some piece of genius, but while I do find it to be where Lynch's style works best, it is just an ok film. The thing that I find most hilarious is that most people say Lost Highway is a mediocre David Lynch film, but I see it as one of the biggest disasters. After all of this, I shouldn't be surprised that I absolutely disagree with my brother, Finklereviews (Letterboxd account). This is not a typical mystery thriller at all! Twin Peaks, so far, feels like a dated soap opera from the 70s or 80s. While that may sound like a diss toward the series, it honestly isn't. This first episode blended so many tones and ideas that it shouldn't work, but for the most part, it does. The acting feels super over-expressive a lot of the time and this weirdly works. A lot of Lynch films have intentionally bad acting, which I hate. It was my biggest problem with Mulholland Drive because it kept me from caring about the characters or the plot, but for some reason, it works in Twin Peaks. The score also shouldn't work in the slightest bit, but for some reason does, but once again, that's only for the most part. The score uses so many genres of music and rarely fits the scenes, but somehow it does fit the scene. If that makes no sense, good, that's exactly how I feel. I have no idea why this weird blend of cheese, drama, and comedy works so efficiently, but it does. This made me experience feelings that nothing ever has, so I was really hyped, but... this style isn't perfect. Honestly, as the episode went along, this weird blend of tones and overacting started to not work and I got worried. I'm excited to see if Lynch can pull this unique tone all the way through, but super worried if the next episode will fall flat. Please, Lynch, don't fuck this up because this could be your best work.