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This review is from: Twin Peaks: Season 2 (UK Version) [DVD] (DVD)
During his early years David Lynch spent a long time working on a piece of stop-motion animation only to find out, once the film was developed, that there must have been a fault with the camera leaving him with little more than a strange blur. However, rather than being angry or frustrated, he was pleased by this strange accident and the results.
It's fair to say that Twin Peaks fell apart after the revelation of Laura Palmer's murderer halfway through season 2. Lynch had intended the mystery that formed the hook of the show to remain unsolved indefinitely, but the network wanted answers and his co-creator was up for it so the case was concluded, the ratings plummeted and quality declined. Perhaps the show might have had a fighting chance if Lynch hadn't been busy with other projects, leaving his precious little dream-world in the hands of others who didn't really have the skill to do it justice. The newly introduced bad guy Windom Earle went from intriguing enigma to 60's Batman villain, a slowly developing story arc was abandoned due to cast quibbles, the sub-plots were boring, new characters were lame... Like a great band succumbing to every rock'n'roll cliché, this once brilliant show crashed and burned.
Perhaps there was no avoiding this. A murder mystery isn't the kind of hook that you can leave running forever. If they'd really wanted it to be more about the oddballs & misfits of this small town they should've worked harder to develop the peripheral characters. Or maybe they should've given FBI agent Dale Cooper (the unofficial main character) another proper case to solve. It doesn't matter. What they ended-up with was a soap opera spoof/homage in every way, right down to the inevitable melt-down. It might not be what they intended, as no network would ever deliberately start running a show into the ground as an artistic choice. But perhaps, looking back at it after all these years, the death of Twin Peaks was an accidental blessing. After all, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.