YMMV / Twin Peaks

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is the Man From Another place legitimately trying to stop BOB to prevent a catastrophe from happening, or is he an evil spirit trying to take control of BOB for his own purposes? Due to the show's cancellation, we may never know for sure.
    • His motivations remain mysterious in the show, but Fire Walk With Me lends a darker interpretation to his character. He seems opposed to BOB only in that BOB hoards garmonbozia for himself and deprives the other Lodge creatures of their rightful fill. The Man From Another Place is happy to slurp up the garmonbozia that BOB proffers after killing Laura and thereby inflicting suffering upon both Laura and Leland.
    • Further related to Fire Walk With Me, he claims to be "the arm," (likely) meaning Mike's arm - a remnant of Mike's own evil. I've always thought that the Black Lodge denizens were unhappy with BOB running amuck after Mike turned good. (If BOB was Mike's familiar, he probably had him on something of a leash.) BOB wasn't paying his garmonbozia taxes, so the MFAP and "Mrs. Tremond" etc. were therefore helping the investigation of who killed Laura more than they might have otherwise.
    • Is Denise Bryson a male Transvestite, or a Transgender woman? The show never clears it up, as LGBTQIA issues weren't as well understood in 1990 (at least, by those outside the community).
  • Base-Breaking Character: Annie Blackburn. While she isn't without her fans, she still gets flack from Cooper/Audrey shippers.
  • Better on DVD: While it's fine on its own, most episodes seem to make up a single day of investigation. Some details from the first few days come in a little later, when you might have forgotten about it.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Season 2 episode 8 has a flashback of Ben and Jerry remembering a girl dancing around with a flashlight in their room as children. It's wordless, 4 frames per second, and goes on for over a minute. Hold on, Ben & Jerry?... Oh lord.
    • The singing scene with James, Donna and Maddy. Helped heaping them all onto the scrappy heap if they weren't there already.
    • As bizarre as the dream from "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer" was, every element of it ends up returning and being important to the plot — with the exception of that shadow that passes behind the curtain.
      • Or is the shadow an exception at all? It looks an awful lot like the outline of a certain ring (viewed from above) that shows up in FWWM, which is heavily implied to be related to the Man From Another Place...
  • Complete Monster: Killer BOB (Beware of BOB) of the Black Lodge was once a vicious Serial Killer who liked to rape and murder young women. Since his death, BOB became something more. An inhabitant of the Black Lodge, BOB accesses the material plane by possessing hapless humans and forcing them to commit murder, rape and general horror in order to delight and nourish himself. Responsible for the murder of Laura Palmer that drives the series, BOB committed the deed by possessing Laura's father Leland when Leland was a child, resurfacing to have Leland molest his own daughter through her youth before using him to finally rape and murder Laura. When cornered, BOB forces Leland to kill himself. Ending the series by possessing the hero Agent Cooper and laughing maniacally after appreciating his healthy, handsome young body, BOB remains one of the most twisted products of even David Lynch's mind.
  • Creator's Pet: David Lynch liked Joan Chen's performance, which is why she gets a lot of focus despite not being very popular with fans.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The soundtrack, really. Good thing too, because most of it consists of a few tracks played over and over in each episode, and if it weren't so good it would drive people crazy. Now has its own page.
  • Hollywood Homely: David Lynch lampshades this in-character:
    Gordon Cole: "This world of Twin Peaks seems to be filled with beautiful women!"
  • It Was His Sled: Mostly averted, but those who have never seen the show should still be wary of spoilers. Many fans who saw it when it first aired believe the show is now too old for anything to be a spoiler, despite the fact that many new fans, too young to have seen it the first time, are trying to catch up in preparation for Season 3 (or because they became curious after playing Deadly Premonition).
  • Jerkass Woobie: Leo arguably becomes this over the course of his captivity in Windom Earle's cabin, during which he comes to understand firsthand the sort of horrifying abuse he inflicted upon Shelly. See Redemption Equals Death below.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Twin Peaks is currently a running joke on the TV Tropes Fora, where it is regularly mentioned among anime. (The reason for this is that someone once recommended this in an anime recommendations thread where the original poster didn't explicitly ask for anime.)
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jimmy Scott only shows up in the last episode — in one of the most haunting scenes in the series.
  • Pair the Spares: There is a small following for Annie Blackburn x John Justice Wheeler. The two never even meet, but Dale x Audrey shippers sometimes like to pair their respective replacement love interests together, just so Dale and Audrey can become a couple again.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Annie Blackburn, who was wheeled in out of nowhere purely to supplant Audrey as Cooper's love interest. Her winning the Miss Twin Peaks pageant is likely to produce the same reaction from viewers that it did from Mayor Milford: "She's been living in this town about fifteen minutes!"
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Almost. After spending Season One as a weak-willed pawn being manipulated by Catherine and Ben Horne before running crying to Sheriff Truman, it is revealed that Josie has secretly been working with Ben to frame Catherine for the mill fire, and also had a hand in her husband's death, which gave her the mill in the first place. Then, in the following season, it is discovered that Josie did all this at the behest of another person, turning her back into the easily manipulated victim. One step forwards, two steps back.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Several. Primarily to blame for the general consensus that the second season would've been much better if it had been half as long.
  • The Scrappy:
    • James Hurley (for being monumentally stupid, even by the standards of Twin Peaks teenagers) and Josie Packard (for being a hysterical victim and nothing else); take your pick. Or Nadine (although some more recent fans love her for her eerie resemblance to Crazy Awesome secret agent Molotov Cocktease from The Venture Bros.). Annie and John Justice Wheeler, especially if you're a Cooper/Audrey fan.
    • Evelyn Marsh, who served no purpose to the main storyline and was probably only added to write James off the show.
  • Seasonal Rot: It is generally agreed that the series loses focus after the main story arc is resolved in episode 8 of season 2. A new, related story arc emerges in the rest of the second season, but much of it suffers from having been neglected by Lynch and left to less competent writers and directors, causing a vast drop in quality and major inconsistencies in characterization. Kyle MacLachlan became impatient with Lynch's non-involvement and cast member Kimmy Robertson admits to having stopped watching due to Seasonal Rot. There is, however, also general agreement about that the series (if only barely) managed to avoid Jumping the Shark and actually found some of its original form again in the final episodes of Season 2.
  • Signature Scene: The Red Room scene at the end of the third episode. Apart from an infamous reference to this scene in the two-part "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" episode of The Simpsons, both Gravity Falls and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated have done explicit Shout-Out scenes to it, with Mystery Inc. even having a dog stand-in for Laura, and getting the same actor for The Man From Another Place!
    • The image of Laura's body wrapped in plastic from the first episode became iconic of the show also.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Both Cooper/Annie and Audrey/Jack are viewed this way by a sizable amount of the fanbase.
  • Wangst: Done intentionally with Leland in season 1.
  • What an Idiot: Laura is a tragic example, Andy is a comic one, and Maddy, James and Bobby are just dumb.

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