A lot of people are broken up right now because a television program in development changed.
Something not actually created yet- the third season of the cult mystery program Twin Peaks- is never going to be created the way it was initially conceived, and as a result, thousands are drowning in a swamp of sadness (much like a certain horse popular with that demographic). Why?
In part our expectations have changed. Content is taking a backseat to continuity, what the movie is like is less important than what the stinger after the credits sequence alludes to. Our eyes are directed ever forward to the next installment, the next movie in a series of tiered releases that stretch out over the years. Waiting for the teaser for a trailer. We weather mediocrity for the promise of the next thing being the thing worth watching. So the projected idea of a certain type of show (forever unwatchable as it solely exists in the future) is more important to people than the actual show once and if it ever comes out.
The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam to-day.
In part our perspective has changed. Our need for instant gratification doesn’t give anyone the time to craft something well. The news booms that Twin Peaks is back, as if the episodes are there, waiting for you to watch them, when in fact the news is people plan to bring Twin Peaks back, and nothing yet has happened. But we’re accustomed to being excited about something beyond the horizon like it’s already there (because the thing itself will always pale in comparison to its anticipated greatness). How many people out there are hoping that the massive negative response amongst the fans will motivate Showtime to give Lynch the budget he wants to make the show? It is because we are accustomed to meddling in the creative process of the things we love because we demand to be included in it long before its gestation is finished.
One can only hope that instead of continuing on as before, what is by and large considered a highly intellectual fan base will take this opportunity to step back and maybe stop counting chickens before they’re hatch'd.
I can’t help but think of what Don Hertzfeldt has been saying to sell his new short film “Imagine it’s a crazy new twist on Kickstarter, in which a project’s actually created first and then sold.”
Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen it, here’s a movie from 1962 called Carnival of Souls that Lynch cites as being influential to his films. Surely something else worthwhile will come around between now and 2016.
In fact, if you’re feeling it, post some moody movies and shows in the comments that we can all focus on to blot out the pain.