True Detective Season 2 Lament

What is quality TV? That is the question that we posed in our first podcast and just about 100 episodes later we are still covering it. The question that True Detective Season 2 really brings up is…does quality TV have to be enjoyable or does it just have to be well made? Does it have to be fun to watch? Well no one could say Hannibal is FUN to watch, but you do like the characters. I didn’t like the characters of True Detective. Do I have to root for the characters or be on their side? No, because I was never on Walter White’s side, or Don Draper. That was what the Difficult Men era was all about. And I wasn’t rooting for anyone in Season 2 of True Detective. Not even the poor little red headed boy that had no friends. He kind of seemed like a jerk to me.

So what makes quality TV and was True Detective quality?  You have to admit that the show was filled with good actors, was not a story we had exactly seen before and they upped the female participation quite a bit.  They obviously thought about how to shoot scenes and a color scheme to go with the show.  So was it quality?

Maybe a more relevant question is: was it watchable?  I mean great actors, an HBO budget and spectacular music isn’t enough.  It has to be entertaining. Was it watchable? Why would anyone want to watch 8 episodes where EVERY character is dark and miserable. Life is hard. No doubt about it, but can someone be happy? Or at least not absolutely despondent. There is always one sad sack in every group, but a group of sad sacks don’t really move a story or accomplish anything in life. I think the major mistake was not having the Vince Vaughn character be more fun. If he had a sense of humor he could have been intimidating. I never believed that he could just take over every business in LA because he said so. Had he been a little more Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet, it would have maybe worked better.

But those are just splitting hairs.  The truth is after two seasons we now know the case doesn’t matter at all. Both seasons the actual “mystery” was solved in the last episode with no connection to any clues that the happen in the previous 7 episodes. Why this worked last year was because Matthew McConaughey played an interesting character who said things about religion in America that no one has said on mainstream TV Drama. Woody Harrelson played a dirt bag who pretended to have morals. This character difference of morality in the religious south was what the show was about, not the murder.

This season no character was interesting and no character complimented each other. I have read that the writer and director fought last year and so a new director was brought in this year. That may have been a bit of the problem but overall this idea may not work on TV. The idea that you are going to have people invest in 8 episodes in a mystery that will never pay off. If you have 2 seasons and both times the worst episodes are the finales you have a problem.

In yet, it has a feel of quality. I have to admit, I am not annoyed that I watched it. Also, I am still thinking about it a week later.  True, I am not thinking of the plot, characters or story and I am just thinking of how it went wrong, but still I am thinking of it. The main thing I see in Season 2 is that they tried and failed.  I can give a lot to a writer who tries. Most TV has given up trying at all. So, I will watch season 3 and I have hope.  The difference is next year, I will quit after the second episode if I don’t like the main characters cause now I know that is what the show is about.  Quality or not, I have to get some level of enjoyment out of a show and that enjoyment level is going to come from the characters.  So just like the detectives on the show, I cracked the case at the end when it was too late to turn back.

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Preview of A New Twin Peaks Documentary

 

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When I travelled out to the Twin Peaks Fest 2015, I packed up my camera and recorded everything that I could.  I interviewed fellow Festers and filmed all the major events.  I am now beginning the task of editing that together into a documentary called, Journey to Twin Peaks.  Today I debut the preview of the movie with an original song that I wrote just for the movie.  I didn’t want to wait to share the song so I decided it would serve as the preview.

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Podcast: Twin Peaks Fest with Josh Eisenstadt

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Our Newest Podcast is all about The Twin Peaks Festival of 2015.  Scott took a trip to the town of Twin Peaks, check out his pictures here.  Scott and Josh Minton discuss the trip then the Manager of Twede’s Cafe gives an EXCLUSIVE interview about David Lynch’s visit to check out the Double R diner and restore it.  After that interview we welcome Josh Eisendstadt, independent film maker and Twin Peaks expert.  Scott and Josh E have the most in depth Twin Peaks conversation you are going to hear this side of the Great Northern.  We create a new BOB theory on the spot, discuss Cooper’s Hair theory that Scott debuted last year and talk all about the love of the Festival.

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Twin Peaks Fest Pictures

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I did it!  After 25 years, I finally went to the Red Room’s Mecca.  I went to the Twin Peaks Festival.  I have plans to make a documentary of the experience but that may take a few months.  I didn’t want to wait to share my pictures with you, so here we go.

IMG_3082 copyThe Double R diner is just as exciting to see as you might imagine.

 

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This is where they filmed the Sheriff Station

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My wife sitting in Lucy’s spot.  Does this make me Andy?

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Here is what is left of the smoke stacks from the Saw Mill.

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This is the bus tour in front of Nadine and Big Ed’s House.  I asked everyone to pretend they were Nadine and cover an eye. Notice that our frequent guest, David Bushman, refused.

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The hotel where Laura and Teresa Banks stayed

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Brad Dukes (buy his book about Twin Peaks it is amazing) and I welcome you to Twin Peaks in the exact spot from the credits.

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Ronette’s Bridge from the pilot

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This is the mountain in the back of FWWM when Chet and Sam talk

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The Great Northern looks exactly the same.  I got a little emotional here.

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It was great to meet former guests of our show.  I put their claim to fame by their picture.  I was honored to be around these wonderful people.  The Red Room has been blessed with great guests.

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This is John Thorne.  He is THE MAN as far as I am concerned. He was the co-editor of Wrapped in Plastic Magazine.  If you have not listened to my interview with him, listen here.

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Another group of Twin Peaks Guru’s.  The guy in the middle, Josh Eisenstadt, knows everything about Twin Peaks.  He also said he would put me in touch with Sheryl Lee for an interview so he may be my favorite human ever!

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This is my recreation of what it would be like to meet Sheryl Lee.  Sam K. was dressed as Laura from the final episode.  She enchanted me with her Black Lodge Mojo

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This is me humbly being interviewed for a German magazine.  She had listened to the Red Room before coming to the fest to study up on Twin Peaks.  This was a first for the Red Room.

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This is Matt H from The Twin Peaks Podcast and I re-creating the fight between Sheriff Cable and Agent Desmond in FWWM in the spot it was filmed.  I am very glad that with all the fighting that goes on between Twin Peaks internet sites that the Red Room is friends with everyone.  I am honored to guest on Twin Peaks Podcast and happy to have them.  No real fighting here just respect. Also Matt had a hilarious video play at movie night.

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This is Sparkwood and 21 where Laura jumps off the Bike.

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John Thorne has an original poker chip that Cooper held…and now I have too.

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Brad and I playing BOB and Wyndom in the Red Room.  (picture taken by Cherie Savoie Tintary)

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This chair is the ACTUAL chair Cooper sits in when he is in the Red Room (picture taken by Cherie Savoie Tintary)

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You want celebrity pictures.  LOG LADY

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Ronette Pulaski was so nice.  She took time with everyone.

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Jonny Leppell was nice enough to jump with me as he did in FWWM as the boy behind the mask.

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Charlotte Stewart was nice enough to agree to an interview.  Coming soon.

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Ran into Kimmy or Lucy at the Double R

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We got a picture with Lucy and Dick

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If you meet Mike Nelson, you know he has to bully you.  (Thanks Gary for being a good sport about this picture)

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Here they are wrapping me in plastic at the exact spot where Laura was found

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So nice of Brad Dukes to cry over me ala Andy

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Here Gentle is dressed up as LIL from FWWM for the contest.

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Mary or @televixen is dressed as Teresa Banks. I thought her outfit was the best she looks just like her.   Good news, Televixen is going to come on the show to discuss females in Sci-fi.

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Courtenay and I left cards for the Red Room Podcast at the Double R.

 

I could post a million more pictures but I don’t want to be an old Grandmother.  The trip was amazing and I suggest you all go to the Twin Peaks Fest facebook page and check it out.  I am sorry I don’t have more pictures of the staff that puts this weekend together. I have a few but I figured if I posted just some, I might hurt some feelings.  THE STAFF WAS INCREDIBLE.  Take this trip if you can and thanks to everyone.

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Podcast: Summer Series Recap

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Josh & Scott return for a quick summer recap of the series that are airing now.  We discuss the cancellation of Hannibal, the return of True Detective (no spoilers), and discuss the prison system of Orange Is The New Black.  We also have a tough love discussion about how Twin Peaks has handled their return to television compared to The X-Files.  We discuss how Letterman handled his departure from television compared with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.

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My First David Lynch Defense in 1993

cooper20 years before the Red Room Podcast was even dreamed about, I was out there defending David Lynch.  In 1993, I made a documentary about movie directors with a co-worker at a Video Store.  I was like Quentin Tarantino without all that pesky fame and money.  We each picked different directors that we loved and I picked Lynch.  This was 1993 when everyone hated Lynch.  Fire Walk With Me had just bombed and people had even turned their backs on Wild At Heart.  in 1993, they were now saying WAH shouldn’t have ever won at the Cannes Film fest in 1990.  Since I loved both films, this bothered me greatly.  What else could a boy with a VHS video camera do?

I had to fight back. I only had one way and that was to dress up as Agent Cooper and defend Lynch.  I have never shown this video publicly but as I am getting ready to attend the Twin Peaks Fest, I figured, why not show the world my Cooper imitation.  Before you watch remember this was 1993.  There was no computer editing.  There was no IMac Final Cut, just VCR to VCR and everything had to be done in one take.  The video runs 16 minutes and I like that I still agree my assessment 21 years later.  You can watch the video below or head out to You Tube.

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15 Best Twin Peaks Music Tracks

Now that we can breathe a sigh of relief that all is well in Twin Peaks, I thought I would take a moment to talk about the music.  What Angelo Badalamenti did with the score of Twin Peaks has never been accomplished before or since.  From the heights of dancing in the diner or dancing in the Red Room to the lows of James and Donna singing, the music was always worth discussing.  I really hope we get new tracks as well as use of the old ones in Season 3.  I have listed my favorite 15 tracks from both seasons and the movie.

1. Theme from Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me (Saxaphone) – FWWM I have always thought the theme to FWWM was amazing, but this version might be a bit better.  Once the deleted scene of Big Ed and Norma was released on the box set, it really became my favorite track.  The fact that the characters comment on the song during the scene makes it even sweeter.  This is my all time favorite TP song.

2. Hook Rug Dance – Season 2  Even though this is called Hook Rug Dance, it is the Annie, Cooper, Gordon, Shelly, Log Lady scene that this song reminds me of.  I call it the Happy Scene.  There is so much fun in this scene and this song.  I think this is the perfect ringtone.  Makes you just want to go to Twin Peaks.  I never get sick of this track.

3. Annie and Cooper – Season 2  When Cooper and Annie dance the night before the Miss Twin Peaks Contest, you feel all the love and longing that Cooper has had for many years.  You can make the argument that this romance happened too quickly but in the long run, it makes more sense for Cooper to find love with an adult and not a high school girl.  The use of the saxophone, as used in other Cooper themes, is a great idea to connect the character.  Not with the use of Jazz but Love.

4. Josie and Truman – Season 2  The mood that is created of Harry’s hangover as he remembers his time with Josie is captured perfectly with this song.  It isn’t like we ever really invest in this relationship but we know that Harry did so we feel his pain.  This song captures the doomed love that was their relationship.  With a subtitle of Love is Hell, this is another home run for Angelo.

5. Great Northern Annie – Season 2   There are 4 piano tunes that were released from the Great Northern.  What I like about these solo piano tracks is the fact that you can hear parts of many different themes.  This is the kind of track that proves there is always music in the air.  As a piano player, I really wish these tracks would have come out in sheet music.  I picked the one entitled Great Northern Annie because my iTunes says this is the one I listen to the most.

6. Dance of the Dream Man (Original)  – Season 1  As you can see, I usually listen to some of the lesser known tracks. Not many of my picks are the famous tunes.  Probably because I had the Season 1 CD since the day it came out in late summer of 1990.  But you can never get sick of this track.  It was our first glimpse of the Red Room and so crazy to see Michael Anderson dance to that bass.  It is a classic for a reason and a major theme for many other songs.

7. The Voice Of Love – FWWM  For most of our lives this was the last song we heard in the TP story.  How perfect that it was the voice of love.  On this list I only picked instrumentals, but the vocal track by Julee Cruise is also moving.  I love that the happy ending we get is Laura’s death and this song has the sadness and the hope of Laura’s journey.  Will someone please play this at my funeral.  In fact, put it on repeat and drop it in my casket, Leland Palmer style.

8. Audrey’s Prayer – Season 2  This has all the same chords and feel as Questions In A World  Of Blue and is basically the theme for Season 2.  I like to think of it as the love theme to Cooper and Audrey that never comes to fruition.  This song scores one of Audrey’s best scenes.  You can see she is trying to be brave as she balances her fear.  Keep that fear away, BOB is near!

9. The Bookhouse Boys  – Season 1  Another track from the first CD.  This mix is never exactly in an episode but it pulls together a couple of the running themes from the first year.  You get a bit of Bobby, Catherine, Ben, Cooper and all kinds of themes in this one track.  It was way high on  my iTunes play count and I can see why.  This was a track that started me down the life long path of being an Angelo fan.

10.Packards’ Vibration – Season 2  This is such a mood setting song.  The constant hit of that synth chord makes you just know that trouble is on the way.  I always equate this song with the reassurance of quality at the end of Season 2.  Those last few episodes let you know that trouble is brewing and you just feel trouble on the way.

11. Birds In Hell – FWWM If you missed the time when David Lynch released all these tracks for purchase I feel bad for you.  It was a great time to be a lover of the music of the show.  I  now have over 240 tracks of music.  This one really surprised me.  It is such a beautiful piece of music and has such a classical feel to it.  Angelo had the task of writing a song that represents Laura’s last day of Earth.  Also what about the title, Birds in Hell.  Hope in the middle of Hell.  Man, I love Twin Peaks.

sm rr_swing12. RR Swing – FWWM   This short track has all the swing and movement of true Twin Peaks.  Every time I hear it, I can see Shelley and Laura preparing the meals on wheels at the RR Diner.  The proof that Angel is the best are these “throw away moments” that he scores with music that is totally different than the rest of TP catalog.  Think of the Pine Weasel, The Norwegians or Dick Tremayne’s Theme.  All different.  All Perfect.

13. Dark Mood Woods – Season 2  There is many a discussion about the second season of Twin Peaks but there is no denying that the music is superior in Season 2.  Dark Mood Woods is the heart of the season and the soul of the woods.  When this track starts up you feel the unease of the Douglas Firs; you know that something is in the air and you watch on the edge of your seat. I may not have many darker picks on this list, but this one is one of my favorite Dark Themes.

14. Laura Palmer’s Theme  – Season 1  It is OK for you to be mad at me for having this so low and Falling not even making the list.  It probably has a lot to do with having heard them so much over the last 25 years.  There are so many great releases.  But you can’t hear this without thinking of Laura.  It is the theme of all themes and had to make the list.  This is a fun one to play on the piano, always scares the kids.

15. Half Heart (Solo) – FWWM  The pervious track is what Laura is known for.  Can you imagine the writing task Angelo had in FWWM when he had to come up with another love theme for Laura?  Half Heart does it.  If The Laura Palmer theme is the deceased Laura’s Theme then this song of sadness and love is the living Laura Palmer.  This doesn’t score much of the movie and plays in a small scene but once you hear the full track you have to be moved with the brilliance of it.

 

Of course I could pick more themes because there are so many but those are my top 15 according to my iTunes play lists, my ranking and my heart.  As I have said many times for me the music is my favorite part of the series.  I look forward to hearing some new ones in only a year or so. Special thanks to Ross Dudle for the use of his great MP3 Covers.

 

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