Welcome to Diane… number 4.

It’s weirder and weirder when Rosie, Mark and Adam discuss the second episode of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks, Zen or the Skill to Catch a Killer.

Expect Tibetan something or others, oven gloves, a journey into night and the best way to combat the darkness in the woods. All that and the Red Room.


There’s nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance, dance

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4 Responses to “Diane… #4: Twin Peaks Episode 2 – Zen or the Skill to Catch a Killer”

  1. Anton B Says:

    Another damn fine podcast. I’m intrigued by the way Lynch uses music to break the fourth wall (both in TP and his films). Often a piece of music will start on the soundtrack and it is kept deliberately unclear as to whether it is diagetic (being physically played and or listened to by a character in the scene) or not. Sometimes it can be both. As in Audrey’s cool jazz selection in the double R. What diner would have that record on its jukebox?

    Singing, dancing and the magical, ritual, performative and transporting quality of music are a theme throughout the show. (A trope later explored by Joss Whedon in .’Once More With Feeling’ the notorious ‘musical episode’ of Buffy.)

    On a different tack…Do you think Cooper and Albert’s wardrobe in TP is the first instance of the ‘Man in Black’ phenomena being featured in mainstream media? It surely predates the eponymous movies and also X- Files, which continued the sartorial tradition of FBI agents in black suits and white shirts. Tarantino of course would later co-opt this look for his gangsters in both Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.

  2. Adam Says:

    Off the top of my head the Tall Man in Phantasm came earlier and is arguably a purer manifestation of the man in black myth (as it pertains to UFOs anyway).

    I love how music drifts between diagesis and non-diagesis in Lynch’s work. There’s another example that we discussed when we recorded earlier this week that makes the connection with a dream space very explicit, although it must be said that Lynch didn’t direct the episode in question.

  3. Adam Says:

    By the by, Jim Moon’s Hypnobobs podcast did a good job of covering the connections between Twin Peaks and the X-Files in his Secret History of the X-Files series. Worth a listen!


  4. Un homme solitaire Says:

    I’ve skimmed through many Twin Peaks podcasts and Diane is by far the most pleasant to listen to, insightful and articulate one out there. I must admit I’m far removed from the world of literary criticism but Diane has helped me appreciate what a “reading” actually is – particularly when it comes to going deeper than the creator may have intended.

    I grew up in a logging town in British Columbia Canada not unlike Twin Peaks (magical realism aside) and I now live in Montreal, so I’ll try to give some perspective from a Pacific and French Canadian point of view. (I’ll take you to task on your pronunciation of “Nanaimo” at a later date…)

    I was disappointed by the clearly Californian setting after the grey and moody Washington pilot. Coming from the UK, you folks know that misty grey woods are “right” and beautiful in their own way.

    In Washington and BC the woods are so dense with plants and deadfall that unless someone has cut a path there’s no real ground to walk on – so as demonstrated by Laura, Donna and James, patch of clearcut on a hill was absolutely a suitable location for teenage binge drinking, if not a Lynchian picnic.

    One more thing to consider. One Eyed Jacks is across the river (Styx?) on the Canadian side and must be accessed by boat… I could see it being written as boat access only to avoid any international border checkpoints.

    Something that gets me every time a podcast reviews this episode. A baguette and brie ain’t a cheese sandwich! To be fair what they’re eating is visibly not a baguette, and probably whatever submarine sandwich bread the catering dept could come up with in 1989 Los Angeles. Anybody who’s had the real, crispy, delightful, unpasteurized thing is right there, grinning along with Ben and Jerry.

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