Lost in the Movies: Lost in Twin Peaks #2: S1E2 (Traces to Nowhere/"Episode 1") podcasts & illustrated companion

Lost in Twin Peaks #2: S1E2 (Traces to Nowhere/"Episode 1") podcasts & illustrated companion


All episodes & show notes for my podcast coverage of Twin Peaks season 1 episode 2
October 9 - 15, 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): Welcome to S1E2 / S1E2 Mystery / Laura in S1E2 / S1E2 Subplots / S1E2's Current Events / S1E2 in the Weeds / S1E2 Archive (+ Speculation/Shape of the Show)


Welcome to S1E2 (Traces to Nowhere/"Episode 1") - How was Twin Peaks created?
EPISODE 2A: The 3 questions, the feel of the episode, director/writers & production context
on Saturday, October 9


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

0:00 INTRO
(including other podcast activity - Halloween)

3:29 WHAT IS TWIN PEAKS?

5:38 WHO IS AGENT COOPER?

6:38 WHO IS LAURA PALMER?

8:04 THE FEEL OF THE EPISODE

10:44 DIRECTOR & WRITERS...
Duwayne Dunham

Mark Frost & David Lynch

12:00 PRODUCTION CONTEXT


S1E2 Mystery - Who killed Laura Palmer?
Episode 2B: Clues & episode structure
on Sunday, October 10


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

0:00 WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?
including...

New clues about the murder/surrounding incidents:
from Audrey (tutoring), Doc Hayward (time of death, cause of death, other autopsy results, Ronette's condition), Leo's shirt (blood, his concern), James (time she left home & let him), the log (hints of witness)

New clues about her prior life:
from James (present for picnic, secret relationship, drug use, fear, breakup), *Laura's diary (mention Day One though this was actually shown in the pilot), James' memory (reason for necklace), Bobby ($10,000 debt), Josie (English lessons, last encounter, emotional state), Pulaski parents (Ronette's absence & job), Harry's town knowledge (Shelly has "J", Leo's rap sheet), Norma (Meals on Wheels), Jacoby's tape (mailed from Laura, last recording - mystery man), Jacoby (necklace from woods)

(Characters discover what we knew: James' encounter, necklace, James & Laura, safety deposit box)

Investigative threads: Bobby, Ronette, crime scene, criminal world, serial killer, James, NEW: Leo, charity, "mystery man", Jacoby

Conclusions & the big picture

9:41 THE STRUCTURE OF THE EPISODE


Laura in S1E2 - What was her life like?
Episode 2C: Laura scenes
on Monday, October 11


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

0:00 SCENES ORGANIZED BY LAURA STORY...
starting w/ Laura's murder

Laura's family (5:53)

Laura & Bobby (6:46)

Laura & James (9:16)

Laura & Donna (13:21)

Laura & Ronette (14:41)

brief mention of Laura's therapy (16:00)

Laura's addiction (16:13)

brief mention of Laura's drug dealing (split from addiction) (16:50)

Laura's charity (17:00)

(nothing for Laura & the sex trade)

Laura & Leo (18:32)

NEW this episode:
Laura's spirituality (19:55)

brief mention of Laura's "Mystery Man" (20:25)

brief mention of Laura & Log Lady visions (20:32)


S1E2 Subplots - What is the town up to?
Episode 2D: Subplot scenes & the uncanny
on Tuesday, October 12


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

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

Briggs family (2:02)

Horne family (3:15)

Ghostwood deal & Saw Mill plot (5:03)

Shelly & Bobby & Leo (7:44)

James & Donna (8:50)

Nadine's drape runners (10:29)

(nothing for Teresa Banks case)

brief mention of Mike & Donna (11:16)

Ed & Norma (11:33)

(nothing for Hank in prison)

(nothing for Did Bobby kill a guy?)

Josie & Harry (12:19)

NEW this episode...
Cooper & Audrey flirtation (13:13)

Cocaine in Twin Peaks (criminal activity) (13:46)

Stakeout at the Roadhouse (14:46)

The Bookhouse Boys (15:44)

The One-Armed Man (16:22)

standalone scenes (17:18)

18:47 THE UNCANNY


S1E2's Current Events
Episode 2E: Other TV shows this night, #1 film this weekend, in the news this day & TIME cover this week
on Wednesday, October 13


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

0:00 TV CONTEXT
first Thursday night, ratings, ABC bookends: Father Dowling Mysteries/Prime Time Live & counterprogramming: Cheers, Grand, Max Monroe: Loose Cannon

6:38 HISTORICAL CONTEXT including...
#1 MOVIE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TIME COVER: Declining white majority in U.S.
(browse a visual copy of this issue)

WORLD EVENTS
East German democratization, Greyhound strike, dolphin safe tuna, James Brown prison release

8:03 MORE ON TWIN PEAKS' TV CONTEXT
including the Grand opening theme

9:13 OUTRO clip from...
updated 10/14


S1E2 in the Weeds - Which elements are highlighted?
Episode 2F: Character statistics, featured locations, coffee/pie/donuts & more
on Thursday, October 14


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

0:00 CHARACTERS...
Introductions:
Trudy, long-haired man (sort of), Ronette's mother
(first dialogue for Ronette's father & Log Lady)

First interactions:
Cooper w/ Audrey, Ed, Josie, Pete, Shelly & Norma; Donna w/ Eileen & Sarah; Harry w/ Ed; Norma w/ Shelly & Nadine; Hawk w/ Pulaskis; Ben w/ Audrey; James w/ Haywards

CHARACTER RANKINGS

#10 Doc Hayward
about 3 minutes
second time in top 10

#9 Josie Packard
about 3 minutes
first time in top 10

#8 Ben Horne
about 4 minutes
first time in top 10

#7 Audrey Horne
about 4 minutes
first time in top 10

#6 Bobby Briggs
about 4 minutes
second time in top 10

#5 Donna Hayward
about 5 minutes
second time in top 10

#4 James Hurley
about 6 minutes
second time in top 10

#3 Laura Palmer
about 10 minutes including references
(onscreen almost 2 minutes)
second time in top 10

#2 Harry Truman
about 13 minutes
second time in top 10

#1 Agent Cooper
about 17 minutes
second time in top 10

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

Who has a streak of high screentime?
Laura, Harry, Cooper, Donna & James all have over 5 minutes for the second episode in a row
(over 10 minutes in the pilot's case)
...only Bobby drops off following the pilot

Characters with the most screentime on the show so far...
Changes from the previous episode:
Audrey rises 3 spots to enter the top 10 / Doc rises 2 spots from #10 & Mike rises 1 spot from #9 / Sarah slips 1 spot from #8 / Ed falls from #10 out of the top 10

Milestones: Laura reaches 50 minutes / Harry & Cooper reach 40 - all of them could fill a full episode now / Donna reaches 20 / Bobby & James reach 15 / Doc, Mike, Sarah & Audrey reach 10 / Ben, Hawk, Pete, Shelly, Catherine, Josie & "Diane" (references) reach 5 / Major & Log Lady reach 1

6:02 LOCATIONS...
Blue Pine Lodge

Sheriff's station

Palmer house

Briggs house

(nothing for Twin Peaks High School)

Great Northern Hotel

Double R Diner

Johnson house

(nothing for Packard Saw Mill)

(nothing for Ronette's bridge)

(nothing for Big Ed's Gas Farm & house)

(nothing for Road into town)

Calhoun Memorial Hospital

Mountain top

(nothing for Abandoned train car)

(nothing for Town hall)

(nothing for Sparkwood & 21 intersection)

Hayward house

(nothing for Bookhouse)

(nothing for Roadhouse)

(nothing for Woods)

NEW locations...
Romantic spot

General store

Timber Falls Motel

Jacoby's office

9:11 COFFEE...

PIE...

& DONUTS...

+ other food & smoking


S1E2 Archives (+ Speculation & The Shape of the Show) - How did we react?
Episode 2G: Readings/clips from my previous work, press clippings, fan memories, my response, opening minute of the next episode
on Friday, October 15


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

0:00 PERSONAL RECEPTION

2:33 READINGS/CLIPS FROM MY OTHER WORK...

5:21 SUMMARY OF INITIAL CRITICAL RECEPTION
& FAN RECEPTION OVER THE YEARS

6:52 INITIAL FAN RECEPTION

THE SHAPE OF THE SHOW...
(without any plot spoilers that viewers of the time wouldn't know)

8:56 INITIAL FAN SPECULATION from Usenet

11:01 INITIAL MEDIA SPECULATION
(reading excerpts of press coverage)

12:26 NEXT TIME... & LOG LADY INTRO

13:36 INITIAL FAN & PERSONAL RECEPTION/SPECULATION
(memories from dugpa's World of Blue fan forum including my own...)

16:19 READINGS/CLIPS FROM MY "SHAPE OF THE SHOW" WORK...
(includes spoilers - but not in this podcast's excerpt)

18:34 OPENING MINUTE OF THE NEXT EPISODE
(only spoiler in this podcast)




OTHER LINKS

more of my S1E2 coverage:
(too many spoilers to include an excerpt in this podcast)


(I could not find the "Dolphin Safe" book I mentioned, unfortunately.)


OTHER COMMENTARY ON THIS DIRECTOR & THESE WRITERS...

...from MY PREVIOUS LOST IN TWIN PEAKS EPISODE
(discusses their background & other work as well)
Pilot (written by Mark Frost & David Lynch - also directed by Lynch)

(the following links may contain Twin Peaks spoilers)

...from MY OTHER PODCASTS
Halloweentown (directed by Duwayne Dunham) / Storyville (written by Frost)

...from MY VIDEO ESSAYS
clips from Halloweentown + Homeward Bound & Little Giants (both also directed by Dunham) in Journey Through Twin Peaks chapter 34
clips/quotes/descriptions of virtually all of Frost's other work in Journey Through Twin Peaks chapter 35

(I also mentioned Homeward Bound in a Patreon podcast for a minute-long capsule)

written 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)



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