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Twin Peaks - The Second Season - television series DVD review
TWIN PEAKS - THE SECOND SEASON Not Rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Sherilynn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle
Director: David Lynch   Studio: Paramount
DVD release: 03 April 2007   Runtime: 1081 minutes (6 discs)
Format: Thinpak, Academy , Closed Captioned, Color
Features: Subtitles (English, Spanish, Portugese), Audio tracks (English, Dolby Digital 5.1; English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround; English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0), 22 episodes, Interactive interview grid, Behind the Scenes (Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn, David Duchovny, et al.), Season 2 "Log Lady Introductions," Insights by Caleb Deschanel, Duwayne Dunham, Todd Holland, Tim Hunter, Stephen Gyllenhaal, & Jennifer Lynch

On the surface, Twin Peaks is a peaceful town. The local teens attend highschool and the foreman at the lumber mill enjoys fishing and tying his own lures. Beneath the surface awful things roll and boil, threatening to disturb the peace. Homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) was murdered and because the crime crossed state lines, FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is called to investigate. He is charmed by the quaint town but discovers awful truths about the town, the queen, and others.

At long last the second season of Twin Peaks hits the shelves, something we expected years ago after the first season was released on DVD. The second season is full of similar quirkiness that attracted viewers to the first season, but it falls somewhat short.

The murderer of Laura Palmer is finally revealed a few episodes in, leaving the rest of the episodes to sort out the various sub-plots and turn over some stones best left alone. It's interesting and appealing for the most part, especially the David Lynch-directed episodes, but some of the plots are just not compelling enough to care about.

Where it seems to lose its way after the killer is revealed, it picks up steam when Agent Cooper's ex-partner, Windom Earle (Kenneth Welsh), comes to terrorize him and the town of Twin Peaks. The very last scene of the show makes the slow, plodding bits of the second season worth trudging through. You won't be sorry that you stayed to the end. Keep an eye out for David Duchovny, playing a cross-dressing DEA agent and Molly Shannon playing a social worker.

The extra features include the log lady intros featured during the series' run on Bravo, and some cast and director interviews. No commentary tracks were recorded, which is fine; they weren't too engaging in the first season.

Now all that's left is to re-release the first season with the pilot episode intact. It may well happen as the first season came off the racks at about the same time as the second season was finally released.


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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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