froodle: (Default)
[personal profile] froodle
It happens every TV season now like clockwork: some cryptic new drama bills itself as being like Twin Peaks. This year, according to its writer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, it was Riverdale, The CW’s dark Archie reboot. Last year, it was FX comedy Atlanta, which creator Donald Glover touted as “Twin Peaks with rappers.” The list goes on: Wayward Pines, Bates Motel, The Killing, Stranger Things — all marketed, in varying ways, as being Twin Peak-y. The show was cancelled in 1991, but “like Twin Peaks” remains industry shorthand for “strange, boundary-pushing TV.”

Read more... )

But Twin Peaks’ greatest legacy? It gave TV permission to be weird. The standard narrative arc was eschewed for an auteur’s singular vision: one full of idiosyncratic character studies, a labyrinthine plot, and dialogue juxtaposing the humdrum with the haunting. Never before — and really, never since — had a TV show challenged this many people to such a WTF-worthy extent. Twin Peaks was more about steeping viewers in a Lynchian underworld than solving a murder. Of course, once it became clear closure wasn’t coming, audiences began losing patience. Nervous ABC execs insisted Laura’s murderer be revealed midway through the second season. By then, a disenchanted Lynch and Frost were focusing on other projects, only peripherally involved with Twin Peaks. The show was canned (with a chilling finale directed by Lynch). Soon after, however, other dramas would ape the “supernatural mystery” formula (see: Wild Palms, Eerie, Indiana, The X-Files). We’ve seen countless more shows since centred on uncanny, out-there visions, from Lost to The OA. All have either pilfered from Twin Peaks directly, or were encouraged by what it proved: that TV could be peculiar, ambitious, and radically unique. Well, to an extent — audiences still expect loose ends to be tied. (Stranger Things’ writers promised there’d be “justice for Barb” in Season 2 due to Internet rage over the matter.)

Which is why now, given a carte blanche to realize their vision, Lynch and Frost are about to reintroduce us to a world still unlike anything out there. Sure, we’ve got weird shows today, but they’ll never be this unhinged, this disturbing, this blasé about viewers’ desires. That all makes for damn fine TV. Drink it up.
froodle: (Default)
[personal profile] froodle
Once you have finished watching the first season of Stranger Things and are wondering what to do, Netflix has released the teaser trailer for the second season which will debut in 2017. Titled Stranger Things 2, the teaser has us eagerly waiting the 2017 release.

To initiate the unknown, Stranger Things is Netflix's new original series which is set in the early '80s to thrill hipsters who love '80s and '90s nostalgia. The science-fiction thriller is centered on the disappearance of a young boy and the way his town starts to unravel in mysterious, supernatural ways after he goes missing. The '80s setting allows it to have a great soundtrack and retro vibe which has enchanted many viewers.

Stranger Things also carriers familiar themes of a small town with a strange underbelly and kids who get entangled in supernatural things. If this is your forte, here are a few more retro shows that will ease your pain of waiting for Stranger Things till 2017:

Marshall Teller's family moves to the small country town of Eerie, Indiana. It's the picture perfect small town, but Marshal thinks it is too perfect. Teenagers Marshall and his best friend Simon discover that Eerie, as he puts it, "is the center of weirdness for the universe".

Elvis lives there, so do a pair of twins who stay young by sleeping in Tupperware, and many other strange things. Each episode, Marshall and his friend Simon collect evidence about the creepy things that happen there.

If you miss the small town creepiness of Stranger Things, watch Eerie, Indiana. Though it is a kids show, the show deals with lots of adult themes. Case in point: There's an episode titled Foreverware
that deals with the very adult theme of how humans are trying to pursue their dream of becoming immortal.


eerieindiana: (Default)
Eerie Indiana

July 2017

2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22


RSS Atom

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 24th, 2017 06:51 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios