Both hosts clearly love Twin Peaks. One is a veteran and the other is watching for the first time, and they’re both very excited about unravelling the mystery. The best thing about this show is when the hosts bring up interesting research and tidbits that relate to the making of the show and extra things (books, other tropes, etc). Stuff I have never heard on other podcasts about Twin Peaks.
However, there are some serious glaring issues that come up every single episode. The biggest problem I have with this show (and I’m about 20 episodes in at this point) is that while both the hosts take notes and even have the episode playing silently in the background while they do the show, it is painful to listen to them stutter and stammer and repeatedly get details wrong - especially names. There’s even a good 5 or 10 minutes of one episode where they go on a rant about how Ronette Pulaski must be a reference to Roman Polanski, they are both convinced that her last name is Polanski. This is obviously not the case. There are several episodes (at least 6) where one host refers to “One Eyed Jack’s” as “Black Eyed Jack’s” because he couldn’t keep the character Blackie straight from the name of the place, One Eyed Jack’s. Both of which are completely different names. This theme of inconsistency, mispronunciations, misidentifications, and just general unrelated tirades continue throughout the show.
These guys are passionate, they seem to care, and they’ve done tons and tons of episodes. There is value here, and most episodes are generally enjoyable. They have done interviews with cast members including one phenomenal interview with Catherine Coulson. They’ve interviewed members of the community, etc. But seriously, there are some major issues with the presentation of this show and the quality of their discourse. Also, it very much feels like this podcast is never edited, which while that can give an air of authenticity, it makes the show feel very unprofessional.
This is why this rating is 3 stars. I never give 3 stars, but I feel like it’s the only fair thing to do here. I will keep listening, but man it is tough when literally every episode I’m saying out loud “How can these guys be this dumb?”
To Ben and Bryon: You guys have made an awesome show, and I will keep listening and recommend to fellow Peaks nerds. I just really wish it was cleaner.