Lost in the Movies: April 2021 Patreon podcasts: LOST IN TWIN PEAKS #27 - Season 2 Episode 19 and LOST IN THE MOVIES #78 - The Straight Story in Twin Peaks Cinema, Opening the Archive & Twin Peaks Reflections (w/ Ben's Civil War breakdown + Jean, Dick, the Briggs throne, orphanage & more)

April 2021 Patreon podcasts: LOST IN TWIN PEAKS #27 - Season 2 Episode 19 and LOST IN THE MOVIES #78 - The Straight Story in Twin Peaks Cinema, Opening the Archive & Twin Peaks Reflections (w/ Ben's Civil War breakdown + Jean, Dick, the Briggs throne, orphanage & more)


Following the last update's all-Blue Velvet line-up, this month I tackle another David Lynch project as part of Twin Peaks Cinema, Opening the Archive reading/sampling, and Twin Peaks Reflections storyline tie-in. In this case, the rustic journey of The Straight Story makes a nice companion piece for the Americana of Twin Peaks (including the drama of the Civil War as filtered through Ben Horne's breakdown). This G-rated Disney film, about a determined old man riding a lawnmower through the Midwest, provides at once a marked contrast with Peaks' supernatural surrealism and also a thematic complement. Meanwhile Lost in Twin Peaks is drawing closer and closer to the finale, this time with an episode co-written by Mark Frost which dives headfirst into the growing mythology. Even that podcast is related to The Straight Story, since I dwell on a contemporaneous Time Magazine cover story about the post-eighties "simple life." Behind the scenes I've been catching up with work on all fronts and there will be some announcements about that soon, but for now I'm just happy these arrived on time. Thanks to all of you for your patience. After running behind for a couple months, I'm finally caught up with patron rewards again (although some of the bonus content planned for this month - feedback and capsule podcasts - will have to wait until May). Maybe Alvin's method really does work best: stay slow and steady, and you'll end up back on track.


Podcast Line-Ups for...

Lost in the Movies #78

INTRO

MONTHLY UPDATE
(recently published)
Mark Twain podcast, Mad Men season 4 viewing diary

BELATED MONTHLY UPDATE
(behind the scenes)
finished Mad Men season 5 viewing diary, created new schedule, The Sweet Hereafter for podcast next year

TWIN PEAKS REFLECTIONS
Jean, Dick / Briggs throne, orphanage / Ben's Civil War breakdown + The Straight Story

TWIN PEAKS CINEMA: The Straight Story

OPENING THE ARCHIVE:
The Straight Story in The Eye of the Duck retrospective
The Straight Story in podcasts/videos
The Straight Story excerpts + images

OUTRO


Lost in Twin Peaks #27 - S2E19 (Variations on Relations/"Episode 26")

INTRO

THE OPENING OF THE EPISODE

DIRECTOR/WRITERS

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

HISTORICAL CONTEXT
(#1 movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, UN ceasefire in Iraq, Miss Saigon, TIME cover: "the simple life" + pieces on yuppies, end of the Gulf War, Barbara Ehrenreich on political correctness)
- including Twin Peaks' place in the shifting zeitgeist

FAN RECEPTION
w/ Usenet quotes
(after brief MEDIA COVERAGE)
& PERSONAL RECEPTION

THE FEEL OF THE EPISODE

THE STRUCTURE OF THE EPISODE
(including "previously on" recap & top storyline)

SCENES ORGANIZED BY STORY
Packard family / Ghostwood / Shelly & Bobby & Leo / Josie & Harry / Lucy’s pregnancy / Windom Earle & Cooper's history / Bobby's new job / Mystery of the woods / Super Teen Nadine / Milford bride / Ben goes good / Audrey & JJW / Annie & Cooper / Mystery box / Ben & Eileen / Miss Twin Peaks / Gordon & Shelly

LOCATIONS

CHARACTERS
(introductions, first interactions, rankings, hot streaks, absences, returns)

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

MYTHOLOGY

WHAT IS TWIN PEAKS?

WHO IS AGENT COOPER?

WHO IS LAURA PALMER?

READING FROM MY OTHER WORK

LOG LADY INTRO & NEXT TIME PREVIEW

SHAPE OF THE SHOW

FAN SPECULATION & BEHIND THE SCENES OF UPCOMING EPISODE (Usenet quotes)

READING FROM MY PREVIOUS WORK

SPOILER SECTION
(for future episodes)

CHARACTER MILESTONES & EPISODE RANK + RANDOM OBSERVATIONS



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