Lost in the Movies: July 2020 Patreon podcasts: LOST IN TWIN PEAKS #18 - Season 2 Episode 10 and LOST IN THE MOVIES #69 - Twin Peaks cinema: The FBI Story (+ remembering Michael Brooks, Twin Peaks Reflections: Louie, Jonathan, Double R Diner, Hap's Diner, Lucy's pregnancy/Part 4, Fire in the Sky, The Double Life of Veronique & more)

July 2020 Patreon podcasts: LOST IN TWIN PEAKS #18 - Season 2 Episode 10 and LOST IN THE MOVIES #69 - Twin Peaks cinema: The FBI Story (+ remembering Michael Brooks, Twin Peaks Reflections: Louie, Jonathan, Double R Diner, Hap's Diner, Lucy's pregnancy/Part 4, Fire in the Sky, The Double Life of Veronique & more)


For the first time, an entire "Twin Peaks cinema" segment is devoted to a film I'd never seen before. The idea of covering The FBI Story in relation to Agent Cooper (and his associates) came to me when titling my upcoming Journey Through Twin Peaks chapter on the South Dakota sequences of season 3 - a video I, foolishly it seems, thought would be coming out this month. Aside from its general perpetuation of the Official Federal Bureau of Investigation Mythos (complete with an onscreen cameo by J. Edgar himself), the film also has fascinating connections to Peaks motifs like small town murder investigations, the American landscape, South America as a point of intrigue, and the family as a crucial hinge of the social order. Meanwhile, Twin Peaks Reflections focuses on some minor characters, one of the more trivial subplots (sorry, Wally), and one big location (plus its evil doppelganger), while my archive readings/clips catch up with my earlier work on two "Twin Peaks cinema" entries from last year. Finally, while I didn't have time to finally offer more film capsules, listener feedback, or political coverage (hopefully in August or September), I did want to offer one podcast recommendation in tribute to the recently passed left-wing commentator Michael Brooks, whose work I've recommended in many past episodes. (That four-hour tribute from The Majority Report, which he co-hosted, is worth watching in full.)




My Lost in Twin Peaks podcast enters the ominous waters of mid-season two and, for a not-very-great episode of TV, this was a whole lot of fun to discuss. Subjects include extended reflections - including many from series creators - on the Audrey/Cooper relationship (or lack thereof), what stories could replace "Who killed Laura Palmer?" as a central focus, and even the end of Margaret Thatcher's decade as Prime Minister...



And Todd Holland's flamboyant direction of episode 11 is the subject of the older Lost in Twin Peaks episode I just shared with $1/month patrons.



Podcast Line-Ups for:

Lost in the Movies #68

INTRO

MONTHLY UPDATE (recently published): Journey Through Twin Peaks chapter 36 restored, Journey update video, David Lynch/Mary Sweeney compilation for Vimeo, my public podcast debuts, Twin Peaks Unwrapped - season 3 Madness, Pinocchio visual tribute, new weekly schedule

MONTHLY UPDATE (upcoming): Mad Men season 4 viewing diary, Journey chapter 34 - the original collaborators & possible episode director standalone, Journey chapter 35 - Mark Frost

PODCAST RECOMMENDATION: Remembering Michael Brooks

TWIN PEAKS REFLECTIONS: Louie, Jonathan / diners: Double R & Hap's / Lucy's pregnancy + Part 4

TWIN PEAKS CINEMA: The FBI Story

OPENING THE ARCHIVE #1: Fire in the Sky capsule + description of visual tribute, video clips from other projects, inclusion on lists, etc.

OPENING THE ARCHIVE #2: The Double Life of Veronique essay excerpt + video clips from projects, short excerpts from other pieces, inclusion on lists, etc.

OUTRO


Lost in Twin Peaks #18

INTRO

THE OPENING OF THE EPISODE

DIRECTOR/WRITER

PRODUCTION & TV CONTEXT (when it aired, ratings, surrounding shows)

HISTORICAL CONTEXT (#1 movie: Home Alone, news including Galileo probe, TIME cover: end of Margaret Thatcher's prime ministership)

MEDIA COVERAGE & FAN RECEPTION w/ Usenet quotes & dugpa forum comments

PERSONAL RECEPTION

THE QUALITY QUESTION & WHETHER TO KEEP WATCHING

THE FEEL OF THE EPISODE

THE STRUCTURE OF THE EPISODE (including "previously on" recap)

WHAT CENTRAL STORIES FOLLOW "WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?" (& what other stories were prominent in earlier episodes?)

SCENES ORGANIZED BY LAURA STORY
Murder: Cooper's conclusions / Family & Leland-Bob / James / Donna / Therapy / Spirituality / Maddy connection & murder

SCENES ORGANIZED BY NON-LAURA STORY
Ghostwood deal & Saw Mill fire / Shelly, Bobby & Leo / James & Donna / (*reminder of Teresa Banks Case from previous episode) / Ed & Norma / Norma & Hank / Josie & Harry / Cooper & Audrey / Drugs in Twin Peaks / Lucy's pregnancy / Cooper history / Bobby-Ben blackmail / Jacques' murder / Eckhardt in Hong Kong / Windom Earle / Audrey's kidnapping / Super Teen Nadine / Jean's revenge / M.T. Wentz & Norma's mother / Hank & Ernie / Mystery of the woods
New: Milford bride

LOCATIONS

CHARACTERS (introductions, first interactions, rankings, absences)

COFFEE, PIE & DONUTS (+ other food & smoking)

THE UNCANNY

WHAT IS TWIN PEAKS?

WHO IS AGENT COOPER?

WHO IS LAURA PALMER?

READINGS/CLIPS FROM MY OTHER WORK (including catch-up from season 1 episodes)

LOG LADY INTRO & NEXT TIME PREVIEW

SPOILER SECTION (for future episodes)

EPISODE RANK (w/ READING FROM OTHER WORK) & CHARACTER MILESTONES

CLIP FROM OTHER WORK

FAN RECEPTION (from dugpa) mostly dealing w/ Cooper & Audrey

COOPER & AUDREY CONTEXT - CREATOR QUOTES

COOPER & AUDREY CONTEXT - MY THOUGHTS

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS




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