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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.
  • Ass Pull: Season 2, episode 9. See Jumping the Shark
  • Base Breaker: 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.
  • The Chris Carter Effect
  • Commitment Anxiety
  • 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 it's own page.
  • Cult Classic
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Audrey is one of, if probably not THE most popular character aside from ol' Coop.
    • Gordon Cole, Albert Rosenfield, and Maddie Ferguson all have pretty big fanbases despite not appearing that much.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The Cooper and Audrey pairing was preferred not only by fans, but by Lynch himself; explicit references were written out of the script at Kyle MacLachlan's objection to their relationship. Both were later given other (and fan-reviled) love interests in the second season.
    • It's rumoured that the decision not to move forward with the Cooper and Audrey romance was down to Lara Flynn Boyle (who was involved with Kyle at the time). It was confirmed by the producer-writer Robert Engels.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Don S. Davis being part of a secret military project involving aliens years before being part of a secret military project involving aliens is hilarious on its own, but the best part is when he advises Cooper against keeping secrets for the sake of the greater good, which was the crux of a lot of drama and the opposite stance he and most of the cast took on SG1.
  • Hollywood Homely: David Lynch lampshades this in-character:
    Gordon Cole: "This world of Twin Peaks seems to be filled with beautiful women!"
  • Holy Shit Quotient: Extremely high.
  • Japanese Love Twin Peaks: While Twin Peaks is more along the lines of a Cult Classic in the U.S., it was VERY popular when it aired in Japan. It even influenced the creators of a popular Nintendo game you may have heard of.
    • Lynch even filmed a series of Japanese coffee commercials, starring Agent Cooper and the rest of the gang. Can be seen here
    • Deadly Premonition is a spiritual adaptation.
  • 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.
  • Jumping the Shark: Episode 9 of the second season. This is the episode where they solve the Laura Palmer case. In one day. It opens with a conversation leading to Coop acting extremely and blatantly Out of Character and telling the police to "Give (him) twenty-four hours to solve this case," and they solve the whole case through Cooper remembering Laura in his dream saying, "My father killed me."
  • Memetic Mutation: "She's dead... wrapped in plastic."
  • One-Scene Wonder: Loads of these in the movie. David Bowie shows up for all of a minute as Agent Jeffries (whose role in the shooting script was slightly larger), Harry Dean Stanton as a bizarre trailer park landlord, etc.
    • Jimmy Scott only shows up in the last episode — in one of the most haunting scenes in the series.
  • 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. Annie and John Justice Wheeler, especially if you're a Cooper/Audrey fan.
    • Lana Budding Milford also gets a lot of flack.
    • Arguably the series' biggest Scrappy is 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.
  • Signature Scene: The Red Room scene at the end of the third episode.
    • The image of Laura's body wrapped in plastic from the first episode became iconic of the show also.
  • Uncanny Valley: Everything about the Black Lodge.
  • Villain Decay: Ben.
  • 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.
  • The Woobie: A good chunk of the characters, actually.

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