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I didn't see "Wild Palms" when it first aired 1993, but I caught it a few years later on video, and liked it a bunch. The story of the miniseries takes place in 2007, and I was very disappointed last year when the producers didn't make a bigger deal out of this. They could have at least put together a new DVD with some commentaries comparing its world to the one in which we live. Instead, nothing.
I recently rewatched another series that some regard as similar to "Wild Palms", David Lynch & Mark Frost's "Twin Peaks". I don't think they're super similar, except in the way they bewilder people who can't pay a lot of attention. I liked Twin Peaks a lot when it aired in 1990, and I've liked it every time I've watched it since. It is, first and foremost, a soap opera. People who try to look too much deeper into it wind up being somewhat disappointed, but if you just take it for that it's entertaining.
Anyway, in the final episode Laura Palmer's shade tells Special Agent Dale Cooper that she will see him again in 25 years. This is confirmed in the "Fire Walk With Me" film where is a scene is labelled "25 years later". This marks the year 2015 as the year to revisit Twin Peaks. I won't go so far as to say Lynch should resolve Twin Peaks (I don't think much of Twin Peaks was ever meant to resolve), but revisiting is definitely in order.
Do you hear me Mr. Lynch? You have seven years to work on this.
2008.12.08 at 12:00am EST
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