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Finally, the Roadhouse, to complete my 2017 Year of Twin Peaks

2017 may have been a shitshow for a whole slew of reasons, but one giant reason in its favor is that it was so full of Twin Peaks goodness.   Not only did the revival on Showtime kick serious ass, we got 18 hours of it and it still managed to confound and excite us.  I really should have known that with it being Twin Peaks, it wouldn’t end neatly.   Then obviously I posted about it back in September, which was when Larry & I went to Seattle & Vancouver for a week and tagged one of the days as a Twin Peaks day:

Finding the Real Twin Peaks 2 Days after the Return Finale

I said it enough in the post, but that day was seriously one of the best days ever.  I got to see nearly every Seattle-adjacent filming location that I would have wanted to have seen….except for the actual exterior location of “the Roadhouse.”  It was located in the opposite direction of where we were heading, so it had to be dropped and I figured maybe one day, we’d go back?  Well, may not need to as the Roadhouse came to Los Angeles!

Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ The Roadhouse in Los Angeles

This pop-up was incredible.  You enter and then walk through several corridors of Black Lodge goodness, passing into an outdoor area with some sycamore trees, the entrance to the Black Lodge, and Owl Cave scribblings.  Then you head into the restaurant area where you are now in the Roadhouse.   Great food and some solid, interesting drink offerings, all themed to Twin Peaks characters or motifs.   I ended up getting a fantastic Great Northern Steak & Frites while Larry got Betty Briggs Meatloaf Burger, and then I had a Laura Palmer drink followed by a surprising hot cup beverage called Cherry Pie That’ll Kill Ya.  All followed with Cherry Pie and Donuts.  Yeah, we might have eaten a lot.

At the end of our 90 minutes or so, we left and I bought two Twin Peaks t-shirts, and then we called it a day.  This excursion also served as our ‘going out for New Year’s’ event as basically there were so many unpleasant outings for a few years it is just not fun anymore.  But staying home?  Hella fun.  We ended up watching movies yesterday, starting with Diamonds Are Forever, then renting Despicable Me 3 from ITunes (it was okay – I think I liked the previous 2 more although I did like the 80s-themed villain), and following it up with Spy, which still is just so damn funny.    Larry made a wonderful chicken parmesan dinner and then we watched the Kathy-less CNN NYE for a little and drank a bottle of champagne.  And here we are now in 2018.  Let’s make it a good year – lots of exciting things coming up, notably buying and moving into a brand new house!!!

New Year’s Eve at Home, 2017 version:

Finding the Real Twin Peaks 2 Days after the Return Finale

There’s no other way to put it:  this was one of the best days of my life.

Cooper and Carrie (Laura) confused by what they’re looking at

I’ve posted very little over the last few months due to work and indifference, but the few posts I’ve done have largely involved Twin Peaks.   The 3rd Season, aka The Return, wrapped up its season on Sunday, Sept 3, and it’s very likely that is the end of the series too.  I can live with that and spend time reading all the many, many articles trying to decipher what the hell just happened with “Laura” screaming out the lights in and outside the Palmer House with a confused Cooper looking on.  I’ve been a fan since 1990 and as I got older, I wanted more and more to visit Seattle to go see all these iconic places for myself.  Finally, this dream came true as we came up to Seattle and I staked out one of the days as a Twin Peaks day.  And oh lordy, this day exceeded any and all of my expectations.

For some of my Twin Peaks bonafides on this here site, I present some of my posts:

Twin Peaks: Up Close and Personal

Also, lots of other Twin Peaks-related stuff at this tagged collection:

http://www.hobiebarnes.com/?tag=twin-peaks

And to make it easier since this post is looooong, I’ve created some links to be able to jump ahead to the major section headings:

Twin Peaks Locations:

 

You can’t go on a Twin Peaks adventure and not start it off with doughnuts.  Larry’s boss had recommended an outstanding place, Top Pot Doughnuts, that we could walk to in the morning before picking up the rental car.  It was a very cool space in and of itself (Barack Obama also had visited there) and the doughnuts were delicious!

Top Pot Doughnuts

We obviously had not driven from Los Angeles to Seattle for this trip, as that is a vacation all on its own, and while I had pondered if taking an Uber all around would make sense, I ended up realizing that was a terrible idea.  So for $48, I rented a car for the day from Enterprise.  And while I was expecting something like a Nissan or Chevy mid-size somethin’-or-other, and was disappointed when the initial check-in guy hadn’t offered any potential upgrade, when we got up to the level in parking lot where you pick up your car, the clerk there took a look around and asked if we wanted the silver Cadillac!  For a second I was like, I don’t wanna have to deal with driving that big ol’ thing, but then I immediately reconsidered and was like, HELLS YEAH.  Gimme that Caddy!

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Twin Peaks: The Return – I AM the FBI

OH MAN!  Yes, Part 16 of Twin Peaks: The Return was enough to finally knock me out of my posting laziness.  It was really that fucking good.  Agent Cooper is back, and just in time for the last two parts next weekend, and then I can be utterly distraught at the fact that Twin Peaks will yet again be over.  It’s not clear if it’s for good, but likely this will be all there is.  But to no longer have “How’s Annie?” as the endpoint will be magical.  It really is hard to believe that my favorite show is back and not only back, but has been balls to the wall fantastic.  It’s yet again in a class by itself in terms of how it tells its stories, and I eagerly anticipate a complete rewatch of this season.  But in the meantime….

The Diane scene, including her reveal of what happened with “Coop” many years ago as well as the reveal that she “isn’t me”?  Amazing.  The resolution helped explain a lot while still providing more to chew on.  And I loved her final ‘fuck you’ while chilling the Black Lodge before getting disassembled.

And our dear girl Audrey finally got to the Roadhouse to see a performance by Eddie Vedder, and while it seemed that maybe everyone’s theory that Audrey was still in a coma from the bank vault explosion (and all the associated trauma that we also learned about, including Mr. C confirming Richard was his son….ugh…) was getting disproven because “hey, here she is outside of that living room FINALLY” and then we get the emcee introducing “Audrey’s Dance” and the whole floor clears out for Audrey to yet again dance to her music and everyone is swaying along and it’s like, OKAY NO, none of this is happening for real.  Is the Roadhouse real?  It has to be, but maybe it isn’t sometimes???  And then that moment after some fight breaks out and Audrey is shocked out of this reverie and we see her…somewhere:

All we can hope is that with the happy turn of events occurring now, maybe Audrey will also be free of whatever prison she’s in?

But the best part of course during this episode?  Dale motherfucking Cooper waking up and affirming to Mike (and us) that he’s “100 Percent” and taking charge and knowing exactly what he needs to be doing.  I literally was screaming with joy at what was happening and every moment with Dale was so fucking amazing.  I definitely appreciated that it took this long and will honestly miss the Dougie stuff, but this Return was so fucking cathartic to have occur.

I loved that he remembered everything that had happened with Janey-E and Sonny Jim and have high hopes that he’s asking Mike to create a “Dougie” off of him, so hopefully one that isn’t a piece of shit like the original model and treats his family with love.

People, next week will be fucking amazing and the anticipation is killing me.  At the same time, I hate to think about this feeling ending too.  🙁  These last few months of Sundays have been stellar entertainment, with Twin Peaks, Season 7 of Game of Thrones, and  Big Brother 19 occupying my happy place all on the same night.

Twin Peaks Season 3 – Episode 8 aka the WTF episode

So…um, yeah….there’s really no way to put it except this episode was insane.  The previous episode from last week suddenly was narratively clear, it felt like some momentum was being made on both the past and in the current, and it was almost like, oh, maybe it’s going to keep going in that direction.  David Lynch and Mark Frost would like you to kindly take your seat as NO, that is not what is about to happen.

Instead, we were treated to about 10 minutes of super creepy moments with Dark Cooper and Ray, and what seemed like a zig instead of a zag as suddenly, did someone just up and kill Bob?  Cue a Nine Inch Nails concert at the Roadhouse, Bob rising back up, and then, yes, then…1945.  And a nuclear test as seen above….and then?  Lynch did Lynch mixed with Kubrick mixed with who the fuck else knows.  For the next 45 minutes or so, we witnessed a wordless cataclysm, some intriguing imagery at a “Convenience Store”, a weird purple haze sea and building, the Giant interacting with some weird bell while accompanied by some dressed-up woman who looks ready for the opera.  We then do go into the theater and witness creation of BOB (maybe), and then the Giant creates his own thing, which is gold and beautiful and looks to contain Laura Palmer.  Is this the past and is this Laura’s creation?  or is this now and somehow a resurrection?

There’s then a very disturbing sequence of a creature emerging from an egg, the “Woodsman” menacing drivers and then a radio station set to The Platters’ “My Prayer”, what might be Sarah Palmer as a young girl (that was my first hunch too, when I saw the young lovers) who falls prey to the mantra that the Woodsman chants over the radio, and then a bug crawls into her unconscious mouth, and yeah, I’m gonna have nightmares about this episode FOR SURE.

So….who the fuck knows?  It was stunning television, and I kind of think there is a lot that was shown that will perhaps make more sense later.  In the meantime…..WTF.  And I love that Twin Peaks is back.

MEANWHILE……!!!!!! (Twin Peaks returns in 2 days!!!)

25+ years dealing with the ending of Twin Peaks and thinking that was it, having to speculate wildly on what might happen next, and now?  Now, we actually will get to find out.  Will there be actual answers?  With 18 hours of Twin Peaks ahead of us, likely.  But almost without a doubt, this will be a journey of complete weirdness filled with disorienting visuals and themes.  I’m sure I’ll even be like, WTF.  But I eagerly await it regardless.

The World Premiere of this next season on Showtime is happening at the Ace Hotel in DTLA as we speak.

I didn’t make it to this world premiere like I did when the Missing Pieces ultimate blu-ray set had a premiere at the Vista:

Twin Peaks: Up Close and Personal

Talk about an amazing opportunity that was!  But yeah, I didn’t make it downtown this time as this time, the entire world is all about Twin Peaks excitement and the crowd that had assembled for what I saw in 2014 were a small group of diehards.  Can’t even imagine the excitement though at the venue – the pictures from inside look really cool.

I just can’t believe it’s happening.  It IS happening again!!!!

More to come in the next few days – I know I won’t be able to keep myself from writing about the first 4 hours.  Sunday will be insane:  the first 2 hours are getting released on Showtime on Sunday night, but then hours 3 & 4 will be available immediately via Showtime’s streaming apps….so yeah, I’ll be watching those too.  Can’t NOT.  Monday may be painful.

Visiting the Twin Peaks Pop-Up in DTLA

The premiere is being held at this same venue I visited as documented above – you can see my main picture above is from the marquee…only now it’s 2017!!!!!

Oh, and of course I ordered these Twin Peaks FunkoPOP bobbleheads:

Miscellaneous Picture time – because why not?

Larry & I enjoyed last Saturday afternoon’s beautiful temps and weather by finally visiting the outdoor wine bar at the Americana.  Wonderful way to have lunch.  Expensive way, also.

The next day we then went over to Mom’s for Mother’s Day!  Stister Stacie also was there and we had a great time playing Rack-O, drinking some wine, and having some good food.  Barbecued some burgers and hot dogs, Larry made his latest rendition of Blue Smoke-esque mac and cheese (I actually think he did it – no lie.  The secret:  champagne vinegar), I made cookies…it was a good day.

And I think that’s that for now.  Happy Friday and Cobol Wishes!