Over 25 years after the end of its run on television, Twin Peaks has returned with new episodes from Mark Frost and David Lynch. I’ll admit that I was quite young when this show initially aired on ABC back in the day. My parents weren’t the type of people to censor me on the kinds of shows I watched as a very, young kid but I recall that the show fascinated me and terrified me at the same time. It occurred to me that I didn’t really understand what was really going on in the show as 10 year old kid that I had to rewatch again when I was in college. However, with this renewed interest in the series, I had to satisfy my curiosity in how this show would fare today. There was some apprehension that it wouldn’t translate very to today’s audiences as the show is incredibly slow-paced or it would only peak interest from people who were already fans of the original series. I found out that after the airing of the two part premiere episode that I still don’t have a clue as to what’s going on.
Two brand new dramas just started last Wednesday, vying to get your attention for ratings. They are both thematically different but both highly anticipated dramas. From what I’ve seen so far from the first two episodes, I am optimistic about them so here’s a rundown of the storyline from these episodes.
On a complete sidenote, I am a little annoyed that some of the major broadcasters are inserting commercial breaks in the middle of the episode and therefore, the numbering has been adjusted to reflect the two parts as standalones. From a budget standpoint, it just means more advertising dollars can go to the production and I’m hoping that won’t make the project rely on product placement. Ultimately, this is just a minor detail and it’s easy to look past this as long as the story doesn’t suffer.
Despite my hopes for good weather this weekend, I pretty much kept things low-key and homebound for Cinco de Mayo. It is also Family Month in Korea and due to family-related holidays this weekend (Children’s Day on May 5th and Parents’ Day on May 8th) that many shows got preempted. And so, it only seemed fitting to feature the latest episode of Superman Returns and the precocious kids on it.
With the start of May, it’s also the start of family month in Korea. With holidays such as Children’s Day (5/5) and Parent’s Day (5/8), May seems to be that time of year when families spend more quality time together. However on Ugly Duckling, that may not be the case for these man-children. Yoo Hee Yeol joins Shin Dong Yup and Seo Jang Hoon as the guest MC on the most recent episode.
I didn’t watch last season’s Produce 101, partly because I didn’t have the time and partly because I wasn’t all that interested in watching a show in which young women are set up against each other to become “the number one idol”. I know I’m being hypocritical as just because this season features young men doesn’t make the competition format any better. However, I’m going to try and be a bit more open as many of the contestants are out trying to achieve their dreams. That’s something I can totally root for.
Mysterious time-traveling dramas seem to be all the rage these days on cable TV. Chicago Typewriter just started this past weekend and I literally started this drama because of the cast and the production value of the drama. I had no idea what the drama was about but already I’m intrigued.