Have Your Say: Does TWIN PEAKS Without David Lynch Sound Feasible?

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Have Your Say: Does TWIN PEAKS Without David Lynch Sound Feasible?
Remakes, sequels, prequels, reboots... these always provide plenty of topics for discussion. When there was news about a follow-up series to the legendary Twin Peaks, it sure got tongues wagging, and for good reason: most of the vital parts of the original series' creative team were involved. First and foremost among these were Mark Frost and David Lynch, the latter of which can be seen on the right in the shot above, directing good and evil on the set of the original Twin Peaks.

Then, yesterday, we suddenly got the news that David Lynch has now left the team, and there was much wailing and the gnashing of teeth.

Hopefully this is not final yet, and just a stage in an escalated negotiation process, but what if David Lynch is truly gone from the project? The question here is not whether we'd want him aboard or not (I think everyone is on the same page about that), the question is: would you watch a new Twin Peaks without his involvement from this point on? The script is still there, and so is much of the team...

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ManateeAdvocateApril 7, 2015 11:45 AM

I'll still watch it. Why wouldn't I? It's Twin Peaks and we're lucky to be getting more. However, I really hope they work something out so that he can be on board during filming/production as well. It'll be a real shame if he isn't there for day one shooting/directing. He should be there for all the episodes. Twin Peaks was so cool and different for me as a TV viewing child. Twin Peaks and The Prisoner. Mind blowing stuff for me at that age.

MehliensApril 7, 2015 12:00 PM

Only Lynch can really do authentic Lynchverse. Younger directors trying to copy his style are terrible all together. Authentic Lynch is what most people want from Twin Peaks. Fire Walk With Me just in proper series format instead of a 2 hour feature would have been absofuckinglutely insane. Well it was amazing as a feature as well but it would have worked even better as tv show. If Frost steps in as director I'll probably still watch it but I'm sure I will feel cheated of something.

Don SelfApril 7, 2015 12:58 PM

isn't most of s2 without lynch already, so would that mean it would be more of the big ed's one eye wife's storyline stuff? If that's the kind of stuff we're gonna get I wouldn't have a hard time passing it up. I'm here for the Lynch stuff, not so much for the Frost stuff.

Don DryeApril 7, 2015 2:10 PM

I probably give it a try but i'm more of a "David Lynch" fan than a "Twin Peaks" fan.
Twin Peaks best episodes (in my opinion) where the ones mr. Lynch directed himself. Some of the non-Lynch episodes (in season 2) are really mediocre and some are even pretty bad (remember the whole James side story with the rich girl).

marllApril 7, 2015 2:52 PM

the only stuff that was great in the original was the stuff directed by lynch. otherwise, not interested. anything else will just be a parody so i say, let it ly : )

Peter MartinApril 7, 2015 2:55 PM

Agree that the episodes directed by Lynch -- two in season 1, four in season 2 -- were the highlights. And I think he co-wrote all the episodes he directed. It's not entirely clear now if any of the scripts for the proposed revival were completed by Lynch and Frost or not. If not, then I have zero interest. If the scripts were completed, I'd tune in out of morbid curiosity.

Todd BrownApril 7, 2015 4:46 PM

Lynch and Frost have already co-written all nine episodes of the new series. Those are apparently done.

Todd BrownApril 7, 2015 4:48 PM

S2 has as high a percentage of Lynch as S1, actually. The bigger issue there is that ABC pulled the rug out from under them twice during the run of the season - first by forcing them to reveal who the killer was (which they never, ever, ever intended to do) which had huge impact on other storylines, and then by giving them short notice to wrap everything up after the ratings dove because of revealing who the killer was. What we got in S2 is not what the creative team set out to make.

Todd BrownApril 7, 2015 4:51 PM

I'd give it probably the first three episodes to see if it finds its feet. It'd be different without Lynch than with him, for sure, but different does not necessarily equate to horrible. Or even bad. I'd say judge it on its own merits. And if it has none I'll just ignore it and go back to the original stuff, which will still be there as batshit crazy as ever. But if it's good then, hey! More Twin Peaks! It's kind of a no lose scenario, in my book. Like the Highlander sequels. Those are all utter shit, but the original is still fantastic.

Don SelfApril 7, 2015 4:57 PM

cool, thanks for that, i was always under the impression that Lynch got busy into something else and his focus shifted off of peaks onto whatever else he had going on, and he really only came back for the finale.

Todd BrownApril 7, 2015 5:05 PM

Yeah, he went away to do Wild At Heart. What most people forget, though, is that he only actually directed one episode in series one outside of the pilot, which was kind of its own animal ... he did 4 of the 22 episodes in series 2 as well as being around a bunch to play Gordon Cole.

BuddyApril 7, 2015 6:39 PM

At season 2, I totally gave up after episode 2. It was some of the worst television I have ever seen and was frighteningly shocked at how much I felt betrayed by the creative team for doing this to me. After LOVING what they accomplished on season 1 I felt disappointed and deflated. I stuck with it for whatever reason THEN the episode David Lynch directed finally HITS. By jove that was the turning point. It brought everything I adored and admired back with a vengeance and then some. So NO. Give it up if Mr. Lynch is truly gone. He is the LYNCHpin to it all!

Unflinching_EyeApril 7, 2015 8:05 PM

I'm not that interested in seeing someone ape his style.

knewsomethingApril 8, 2015 4:14 AM

Based on my experience with the Fargo TV series, I would say I'd give a Lynchless Twin Peaks a go. That had enough of the feel of the movie to be of the same universe but generally did not feel derivative. I didn't love Fargo TV series but thought it was quality TV. And I'm not sure how much faith I still have with Lynch after 'Inland Empire'. Dare I suggest that maybe Twin Peaks could be better without Lynch? (And I'm a huge Lynch fan).

sabbersoloApril 8, 2015 7:32 AM

Of course we want David Lynch to be involved. But having said that, many of the great episodes of the show were directed by others. He'd set the mood with the pilot which later directed carried on really well. What about the phenomenal series 1 finale directed by Mark Frost? I feel like he doesn't get enough credit when it comes to Twin Peaks. What I am worried about is how his vision could slip if too many people start mucking with the world (like in series 2).

sabbersoloApril 8, 2015 7:33 AM

Lynch directed episode 2 of season 2 though!

saulApril 8, 2015 9:56 AM

With such a big cult following I would be fairly confident in Showtime & Frost etc; to get the right people to create a satisfying show.

Don DryeApril 8, 2015 2:04 PM

Well, at least a huge part of the cast agree's that a Lynch-less "Twin Peaks" isn't quite "Twin Peaks".


ZetoApril 11, 2015 9:05 AM

Feasible or not, I will not watch a Twin Peaks without David Lynch.

ZetoApril 11, 2015 9:10 AM

No Twin Peaks without David Lynch.