The Twin Peaks Log: S.2 E.13/14
We are still stuck in the muck of the second season of Twin Peak. So hold on to your hats, it’s another Liveblog Rewatch!
Episode 13: Checkmate
Major Briggs said Project Blue Book was disbanded in 1969—I wonder if this has any sort of pop culture significance. Or even governmental history significance.
Why were they all so interested in that water dripping out of the sprinkler faucet? Am I missing something here?
Leo/Shelly are like the stereotypical miserable 50’s couple. Shelly is isolated and tasked with cooking, cleaning, and childcare (Leo is like their baby) while Bobby drinks and works at a job he makes sounds way more important than it is. Their whole “let’s play house” act used to be funny but now it’s getting depressing.
“There’s only $12 James.”—Ed to James on phone re: his savings account. I’ve been there, little guy!
I feel bad for Mike Nelson. The poor jock just wants to be left alone but Nadine is very persistent. This is actually the third storyline in Twin Peaks about adults attempting to engage in sexual relationships with teenagers. In list form:
- Various adults and Laura
- Nadine and Mike
- Evelyn and James
While there isn’t any inappropriate behavior from Agent Cooper, the romance storyline between Audrey and Coop is a big part of the show and can be included as part of the general theme. This could be interpreted in many ways, but I am going to go with adults wishing they were younger and pursuing teenagers is a symptom of that wish.
We’re all uncomfortable with this Josie-as-the-Maid plot, right? If it isn’t Catherine getting off on bossing her around, it’s Harry dry-humping her. Leave Josie alone, people.
Josie kept saying no to Harry’s physical advances and asking him to go, but he kept right on with it. This is like the total disrespect for physical boundaries that Nadine has for Mike Nelson.
Ben Horne is recreating Civil War scenes on the confederate side? It was the “War Between Brothers”—is this a direct result of conflict with Jerry? And he perceives himself as on the losing side? It’s also a callback to the brother squabbling of Episode 10: Dispute Between Brothers.
Oh no! I liked David Duchovny more as Denise. Those cheekbones.
Bobby’s high-rolling job is listening to confederate Ben Horne recount his miniature war scenes.
The music + the electricity fading in/out + the clown doll + Leo in the party get-up = the scariest thing I saw all month.
Episode 14: Double Play
The black pawn in the mouth is the second usage of a black game piece being used in imagery (i.e., One Eyed Jacks and Blackie).
Leo attacking Shelly is supposed to be disturbing, but it also strikes me as childish. Whether or not she was having an affair literally under his nose, he should be grateful to her for taking care of him. She brushed his teeth for crying out loud, and this is the thanks she gets?
Is anyone else grossed out that Ben Horne is making the South win in his miniature war scene? It’s upsetting to see the Confederate flag all over his office. I never like having to see the Confederate flag, but it’s especially odd timing to watch this scene now that the flag is finally being taken down in areas of the South.
Ben thinks Jerry is General Jeb Stuart. According to Wikipedia (which you should trust with caution):
James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart (February 6, 1833 – May 12, 1864) was a United States Army officer from the U.S. state of Virginia who later became a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War. He was known to his friends as “Jeb”, from the initials of his given names. Stuart was a cavalry commander known for his mastery of reconnaissance and the use of cavalry in support of offensive operations. While he cultivated a cavalier image (red-lined gray cape, yellow sash, hat cocked to the side with an ostrich plume, red flower in his lapel, often sporting cologne), his serious work made him the trusted eyes and ears of Robert E. Lee’s army and inspired Southern morale.
I’d take that to mean Ben does not consider Jerry his enemy in whatever conflict he is working through since he is bizarrely pretending to be a Southern general himself. This isn’t a “War Between Brothers” as in blood relatives. Maybe it’s his struggle to process what Leland went through? In any case, I wish this side plot never happened.
I spotted another Seinfeld cast crossover: Miss Jones and Sue Ellen Mischke are both performed by Brenda Strong.
“Asian Man Killed!!!” might be the worst headline I’ve ever seen.
Is that Phil Collins as Windom Earle?! To the Googles! No, it wasn’t Phil Collins. It’s Kenneth Walsh, a man that somewhat looks like him.