IcedOver wrote:Personally, I can't imagine that watching in one sitting (or close to it) would be a valuable experience or enhance the show. Just from a time perspective, It's not something I would do. The problems with the show weren't all about how it flowed. Poor narrative and character choices aren't going to disappear if one watches it strung together. In fact they may become more glaring.
I disagree. In the 18 hour experience those things that you call “poor narrative” and “poor character choices” become an integral part of what is happening. They fill the voids that looking at a greater context usually causes. I wasn’t sold on many things before watching the entire movie. I didn’t really like Audrey, I didn’t enjoy all the chit chat about all those characters that are named during the show. Heck, at first I didn’t like green glove (still not a fan). I thought that Jacoby was boring.
During the 18 hours they show up as a total of 1 hour at most. 1/18 of the series. Yet they all tell a story of pain, destroyed family, government corruption, missed love, found love. 1/18 of the story is not essential to the plot. It really isn’t. But not everything has to be essential to the plot.
I also found my personal love for Becky’s character. I could not see her as anything but just a face put on a screen from drama. Some people on this very forum compared her with Laura Palmer. Some even expected her to be murdered by BOB! I disagreed with them, I disliked her. After watching the 18 hours in a row her character blended with the central theme of a dream, or at least the NEED of a dream. She was dreamless. She was as lost as young Laura, but she refused her own spiritual sensitivity in exchange for drugs and a crappy boyfriend. For her, drugs were the easy way out of a non-situation. For Laura drugs were the escape route from a perverted father. Laura dreamed to be good, she dreamed angels. Becky? She just wanted drugs. She had absolutely no transcendental experiences UNLESS drugged (as that scene in the car shows). Mind you: this does not make her bad. Or good. It makes her empty, and that’s why we don’t see her death which is left to our imagination. We can “dream” of the non-dreamer who died.
I might not be clear in what I mean, it is difficult to put it down in words.
Becky is not essential to the Cooper/BadCoop/Laura plot. She’s essential to the greater scheme in TP. Good, evil, dreams. She’s essential because she represent a generation of abused and/or drugged girls.
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