It isn’t a coincidence that I chose to theme my #atozchallenge posts around a B-Z of Twin Peaks; I’ve been rewatching the series with Rhonda, (who has only seen it once before and has yet to see the prequel, Fire Walk With Me) to prepare for the premier of season three next month.
This means I am once again immersed in the world of tall pines, eccentric characters, mysterious happenings and terrifying visions and it’s good to know that the show doesn’t lose anything with yet another viewing.
Not all the storylines are about bizarre murders and backward talking dwarves, of course, a soap noir has to have some soap to lighten the noir occasionally and one of the major subplots involves embattled husband and wife, Pete and Catherine Martell.
Catherine Martell is the sister of the late Andrew Packard, owner of the Packard Sawmill, but much to Catherine’s displeasure he left the mill to his widow, Josie when he died in a suspicious accident and the two of them are permanently at each other’s throats in a fight for control of the business.
Catherine spends most of her time trying to undermine or swindle Josie out of her inheritance and she is enjoyably and ruthlessly devious throughout.
Pete, on the other hand, is a far more laid back type, who “married the girl from the big house on the hill” and is content to live the simple life without worrying about the machinations of his wife and boss. He works at the mill, he loves to fish and is fond of Josie, so defends her from Catherine, the reason for many of their disagreements.
He’s one of the town’s most likable characters and his talent for chess even proves invaluable to Agent Cooper in his investigation, even if, as this famous clip shows, his coffee making skills leave something to be desired.
As an aside…
I have joined a couple of Facebook groups devoted to Lynch’s strange and wonderful series over the last few months, and I’ve met some amazing, talented and creative people, some of whose knowledge of Twin Peaks minutiae is positively encyclopedic and I’m extremely grateful to them for enriching my experience.
I have even been given copies of Jennifer Lynch’s The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer and Mark Frost’s incredibly in-depth and absorbing alternate history dossier, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, tracing the possible origins of the story’s deeper mysteries.
So for all the theories and discussions, the crazy memes and daft sweater pictures, and for sharing the excitement and anticipation for the return of a show which, I now realise, really does mean as much to a lot of other people as it does to me; thank you.