’90s Throwback TV Review: Twin Peaks – Season 1 (1990)

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The staff of The Reflector thought about our favorite entertainment from the 1990s and decided to review them. We just had one rule: They could only review what they hadn’t already seen, heard or read.

twin-peaks-season-1-tvWhile I did find “Twin Peaks” enjoyable at times, the show definitely did not live up to the hype that it has been given over the years. It is set in Twin Peaks, Wash. right after the dead body of the prom queen, Laura Palmer, is found on a river bank. Most of the series follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, as he is trying to piece different clues together to solve the murder.

One of my biggest issues with the show was the scripted-sounding delivery of nearly every line. While I don’t equate that with bad acting, most of the actors were fairly good, but a lot of the dialogue seemed very campy and unnatural. There were some instances in which I felt like I was watching a soap opera because of how melodramatic some characters were.

I did enjoy how the series balanced elements of  horror and humor together, rather than just sticking with the ultra-serious crime drama tone that it easily could have followed, given the subject matter.

Perhaps I would have enjoyed this show more when it was released in the early 1990s, but having seen shows like “Dexter,” my bar was set pretty high for “Twin Peaks” going in. Overall the show wasn’t bad, but I couldn’t shake off the cheesy dialogue at times to get truly invested.


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