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This review is from: Twin Peaks - Complete Season 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
If you have never seen Twin Peaks, buy it.If you have seen it and are thinking of buying it to watch it again, buy it. It first went out in the UK in 91 I think. It blew us all away. I had seen Blue Velvet and Eraserhead by that time, but nothing like this. It hasn't " dated" because it already was. The predominant knitwear fashions which could have trapped it in it's era were even then fairly strange. The eerie 50's inspired sound of the thing also sets it outside it's decade.
It operates on such a multitude of levels it is impossible to say what it is actually about. The frame of the plot is the investigation of the murder of a seemingly innocent schoolgirl, but nothing is what it appears in this glorious riot of the bizarre.
Sherylin Fenn doing her dreamy solo dances in the first episode set the tone of the piece; it's a strange, sexy, forbidden world beneath those designer sweaters, there's something here that is unhealthy but compelling.
This is the kingdom of David Lynch where decadence and corruption lurks behind the white picket fences and whiter smiles of small town America. It is preposterous, unbelieveable nonsense with some of the ropiest OTT acting you will ever see. It's OK to laugh, because that's part of it, part of what he does. He subverts small town suburban values and subverts the soap-opera format at the same time.
We've got Dynasty and Peyton Place in here along with Nancy Drew and every detective show ever made all being sent up with a flawless straight face.
If you are looking for 6 or 7 hours of luscious silliness then Season One delivers.