Lost in the Movies: Lost in Twin Peaks #1: The Pilot S1E1 podcasts & illustrated companion (+ Lost in Twin Peaks #0: introducing show format)

Lost in Twin Peaks #1: The Pilot S1E1 podcasts & illustrated companion (+ Lost in Twin Peaks #0: introducing show format)


All episodes & show notes for my podcast coverage of the Twin Peaks pilot
October 1 - 8, 2021
(illustrations for storylines, character rankings, locations, TIME cover & all categories)

To jump right to the Apple Podcast links (which are also embedded/linked below along with details on each episode): Show format / Welcome to the Pilot / Pilot Mystery / Pilot Subplots / Pilot Critics & Fans / Pilot's Current Events / Pilot in the Weeds / My Pilot Archive (+ Shape of the Show)


Introducing the podcast (show format)
EPISODE 0
on Friday, October 1


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 EXPLAINING THE FORMAT

4:08 THE DAILY SCHEDULE EACH WEEK

12:16 OPENING MINUTE OF THE PILOT

14:52 OUTRO



Welcome to the Pilot: How was Twin Peaks created?
EPISODE 1A: The 3 questions, the feel of the episode & production context
on Saturday, October 2


...Apple PodcastsSpotifyPinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 INTRO

2:00 WHAT IS TWIN PEAKS?

4:52 WHO IS AGENT COOPER?

6:16 WHO IS LAURA PALMER?

8:30 THE FEEL OF THE PILOT


10:44 DAVID LYNCH'S BACKGROUND

15:38 MARK FROST'S BACKGROUND

17:40 EARLY LYNCH/FROST PROJECTS
(Goddess, One Saliva Bubble, The Lumerians)

21:18 ORIGINS OF TWIN PEAKS
(Peyton Place, town vs. dead girl, Hazel Drew mystery, death of Frost family friend, writer's strike)

27:07 PRE-PRODUCTION
(casting, location, Sheryl Lee)

33:00 PRODUCTION
(Laura home movie, alternate ending)

35:28 PROMOTION
(director's screening, season 1 greenlit, media coverage)


Pilot Mystery - Who killed Laura Palmer?
Episode 1B: Clues, episode structure & Laura scenes
on Sunday, October 3


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 SECOND INTRO
(other podcast activity - Blade Runner 2049)

2:34 WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?
including...
New clues: discovery of body, parental explanations, relationship to Bobby, was home the night before, phone rang, second girl emerges from woods, seeing a psychiatrist, "R" letter under fingernail, picnic video, diary ("J", key, cocaine), train car crime scene (hammer and bloody towels, half heart necklace, "fire walk with me" note on dirt mound), other half of necklace, safety deposit box ($10,000 & cocaine, Flesh World w/ Ronette connection & Leos truck), serial killer pattern, James' last encounter with her (including rumor about Bobby)

Investigative threads: Bobby, Ronette & crime scene, criminal world, serial killer, James

Conclusions & the big picture

11:56 THE STRUCTURE OF THE PILOT
(commercial breaks, different acts, James/Donna arc as the most complete)

19:06 SCENES ORGANIZED BY LAURA STORY...
starting w/ Laura's murder

Laura's family (23:22)

Laura & Bobby (29:08)

Laura & James (33:20)

Laura & Donna (38:42)

Laura & Ronette (43:22)

Laura's therapy (45:07)

Laura's addiction (46:33)

Laura's charity (47:57)

Laura & the sex trade (48:44)

Laura & Leo (49:25)


Pilot Subplots - What is the town up to?
Episode 1C: Title sequence, subplot scenes & the uncanny
on Monday, October 4


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 PILOT TITLE SEQUENCE

2:31 SCENES ORGANIZED BY NON-LAURA STORY...
starting w/ Packard family

Briggs family (4:54)

Horne family (5:28)
(Audrey's rebellion & Johnny's condition)

Ghostwood deal & Saw Mill plot (7:19)

Shelly & Bobby & Leo (11:13)

James & Donna (13:20)

Nadine's drape runners (15:32)

Teresa Banks case (16:25)

Mike & Donna (17:34)

Ed & Norma (20:43)

Hank in prison (21:53)

Did Bobby kill a guy? (23:22)

Josie & Harry (25:10)

standalone scenes (26:01)

27:53 THE UNCANNY


Pilot Critics & Fans - How did viewers react?
Episode 1D: Press clippings, fan memories, my response
on Tuesday, October 5


...Apple PodcastsSpotifyPinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 CRITICAL RECEPTION
(reading excerpts of press coverage)

9:09 FAN RECEPTION OVER THE YEARS

10:24 INITIAL FAN & PERSONAL RECEPTION
(memories from dugpa's World of Blue fan forum including my own...)
...of the lead-up to the pilot

...of the pilot


Pilot's Current Events
 Episode 1E: Other TV shows this night, #1 film this weekend, in the news this day & TIME cover this week
on Wednesday, October 6


...Apple PodcastsSpotifyPinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 TV CONTEXT
Movie of the Week, ratings, lead-in: Life Goes On/America's Funniest Home Videos & counterprogramming: Murder She Wrote, Crossing to Freedom, Married...with Children, Open House, Booker, Jesus of Nazareth

6:35 HISTORICAL CONTEXT including...
#1 MOVIE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TIME COVER: Richard Nixon
(browse a visual copy of this issue)

WORLD EVENTS
Scandinavian Star ship fire, New Democracy wins Greek elections, collapse of the Communist world, Jose De Vega's and Ryan White's deaths from AIDS

10:27 OUTRO clip from...
(video w/ Dan Rather news clip at the end)
updated 10/14


Pilot in the Weeds - Which elements are highlighted?
Episode 1F: Character statistics, featured locations, coffee/pie/donuts & more
on Thursday, October 7


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 CHARACTERS...

CHARACTER RANKINGS

#10 Ed Hurley
about 6 minutes

#9 Doc Hayward
about 7 minutes

#8 Mike Nelson
about 7 minutes

#7 Sarah Palmer
about 8 minutes

#6 James Hurley
about 11 minutes

#5 Bobby Briggs
about 14 minutes

#4 Donna Hayward
about 17 minutes

#3 Agent Cooper
about 27 minutes

#2 Harry Truman
about 33 minutes

#1 Laura Palmer
about 41 minutes including references
(onscreen for about 6 minutes, would be #9 on that basis)

TOP OF THE SUPPORTING CAST: Donna
(aside from the core leads Cooper, Harry, and Laura)

First appearances with over 10 minutes: James, Bobby, Donna, Cooper, Harry, Laura

5:24 LOCATIONS...
Blue Pine Lodge

Sheriff's station

Palmer house

Briggs house

Twin Peaks High School

Great Northern Hotel

Double R Diner

Johnson house

Packard Saw Mill

Ronette's bridge

Big Ed's Gas Farm & house

Road into town

Calhoun Memorial Hospital

Mountain top

Abandoned train car

Town hall

Sparkwood & 21 intersection (maybe)

Hayward house

Bookhouse

Roadhouse

Woods

13:55 COFFEE...

PIE...

& DONUTS...

+ other food...

& smoking


My Pilot Archive (+ The Shape of the Show) - What is my previous work?
 Episode 1G: Readings/clips from previous work, where is Twin Peaks headed (no spoilers), opening minute of the next episode
on Friday, October 8


...Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pinecast & most other podcast platforms

0:00 READINGS/CLIPS FROM MY OTHER WORK...

(includes spoilers - but not in this podcast's excerpt)



THE SHAPE OF THE SHOW...
(without any plot spoilers that viewers of the time wouldn't know)
8:43 BALANCE OF DARK & LIGHT, QUALITY & NARRATIVE THRUST
(is the show going to resolve the murder mystery?)

13:47 MEDIA/FAN "SHAPE OF THE SHOW" DISCUSSIONS
(& alternate end disclaimer)

15:41 LOG LADY INTRODUCTION

17:15 READINGS/CLIPS FROM MY "SHAPE OF THE SHOW" WORK...
(touching on the film's subject)
(includes spoilers - but not in this podcast's excerpt)


19:54 OUTRO w/ clip from...
(includes spoilers - but not in this podcast's excerpt)

21:37 OPENING MINUTE OF THE NEXT EPISODE
(only spoiler in this podcast)




OTHER LINKS

more of my pilot coverage:
(too many spoilers to include an excerpt in this podcast)

(too many spoilers to include an excerpt in this podcast)




(the girl Frost knew was in fact murdered, and he discusses the incident further in David Bushman's book Conversations with Mark Frost which came out after this clip was recorded - I recently interviewed Bushman on YouTube about that book and other material, including his research into the Hazel Drew mystery) 




OTHER COMMENTARY ON THIS DIRECTOR & THESE WRITERS...
(the following links may contain Twin Peaks spoilers)

...from MY OTHER PODCASTS
Storyville (written by Frost)

...from MY VIDEO ESSAYS
clips/quotes from Frost's other work in Journey Through Twin Peaks chapter 35

written or directed by David Lynch...
public podcasts:
Patreon podcasts:
clips from his other work in my Journey Through Twin Peaks video essays:
+
focused equally or entirely on DAVID LYNCH'S non-Twin Peaks work


 My other podcasts include...

My Journey Through Twin Peaks video essay series is on YouTube (in 36 chapters as of now)
Vimeo (in 5 parts as of now)



Original introduction (not updated/complete until Sunday, October 3):

This post will be an illustrated companion to my first week of podcasts on the public Lost in Twin Peaks. This will include a full line-up of all the episodes for the week, on various aspects of the pilot, as well as a detailed, illustrated description of what's in each episode, including more trivial, statistical elements like appearances of coffee, pie, and donuts and character rankings, and can serve as a compelling guide to the episode in its own right as well. It will be up by tonight, so stay tuned, both to this site URL and also to my Lost in Twin Peaks feed on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.



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