Fire-blog-with-me wrote:LostInTheMovies wrote:Fire-blog-with-me wrote:First I would like to say Hi! Long time lurker but first time poster. In terms of engagement with the wider fandom, most of my interactions and output/input has been on tumblr (same URL as my username here in case anyone was interested).
So in terms of Robert Engels or Harley Peyton, I think it would be good to assemble a bit of data (coming from a biochemistry/science background I like to do this sort of stuff haha)...
Love this post. Welcome to dugpa!
Thank you! It's good to see a few familiar faces here from tumblr such as yourself and laughingpinecone!
Joel, im curious about your take on the matter: Peyton or Engels?
Hm, I feel like I have a personal soft-spot for Engels' output since he co-wrote FWWM and also wrote the hugely underrated ep. 4, which I always want to go to the mat for. And I like the areas he tends to focus on the most: the teen angst over Laura's legacy and the supernatural stuff (esp Mike). There's a real casual, sink-into-this-world vibe to his work that I love. And a very Hawksian feel esp in ep. 4 where he has those great moments of male and female camaraderie (I always wish Donna & Audrey had more scenes together). When I first rewatched the series and paid attention to writers, I noticed Peyton seemed to gravitate more toward the snarky, meta-playful aspects of the series which I appreciated but weren't necessarily my favorite bits.
On the other hand, Peyton feels like *objectively* the best. He certainly contributed more to the series than anyone but Lynch/Frost; in terms of sheer direct writing output more than even Frost. Plus, ep. 6 is my favorite non-Lynch episode of the entire series; at first, I kind of dismissed it but it's grown on me since to the point where I consider it the best example for how Twin Peaks could thrive as a week-to-week serialized story that was fun and engaging in a conventional but still unique way (only ep. 2 tops it in that sense, but it's also more of an exception since it has elements that transcend that as well as elements that embody it). And it's also hard not to appreciate how lucid he is on the experience of making Twin Peaks, far more than any other participant I can think of (Engels is the exact opposite). On the other hand, his political takes on Twitter are terrible.
Ultimately, I would probably go with Peyton. But maybe feel more of a personal connection w/ Engels' work.