I love Twin Peaks, but I am starting to really dislike David Lynch.
1. David Lynch abuses his star power.
Lynch and Frost signed a contract with Showtime to make Twin Peaks. Lynch and Frost then write a script that violates the contract they signed. Instead of compromising, Lynch drops out- in word only, as he has signed a contract and “quit” via Twitter and not the legal process, which is not how it works- ensuring failure or at least severely hindered ratings for the show. Can normal people do this? Nope. If you present your patron with more than they funded, they are not obligated to buy the rest of the stuff they never signed on for. Only an asshole takes the negotiations public to shame their funder into letting the creator have their way. It’s a good thing David is so famous, he gets to bend the rules and the world applauds.
2. David Lynch is a hypocrite.
Yeah, back in 2007 Lynch personally shot down a graphic novel of the unmade 3rd season written by Bob Engels (story editor of the original series), illustrated by Matt Haley and “blessed” by Sheryl Lee and Mark Frost. When Lynch received the proposal, he vetoed it, saying he “does not want to continue the story of Twin Peaks in any way.”
Twin Peaks Archive: Why did the project fall through?
Matt Haley: I think [Lynch] probably likes the idea of not resolving the story, and I have to admit, so do I.
If only, Matt.
3. David Lynch is setting a horrifying precedent.
Fans controlling the content, fans meddling with pre-production, non-creator voices like cast and fans bullying the producers into doing things the way they want. Nobody sees it this way, because the “fans” are getting what they want out of the deal, but what an awful thought, like the ending of a movie testing poorly and the producers deciding to recut it to produce a more consumer-friendly product. Giving the fan base the influence to change the story while still in production turns Twin Peaks into Dancing with the Stars.
Alan Moore: If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience. They would be the artists. It is the job of the artists to give the audience what they need.