David Duchovny returns to Twin Peaks (Spoilers) Our Recap

David Duchovny returns to Twin Peaks

CAUTION THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS  SHORT RECAP OF DAVID’S  TWIN PEAKS RETURN AS DENISE.

If you have not watched up through Episode 4, be prepared to be spoiled completely about David’s scene!

First of all, we never anticipated David’s scene to actually be with David Lynch. How awesome is that? What a nice treat. Not only reprising his character in a cameo of iconic tv show, but having the opportunity to do that cameo with the shows creator. It can’t get better than that.

There was also a wink-nod to X-files fans:

If you are up to date on the series, you already know that Lynch has returned as FBI Deputy Gordon Cole, with the character of Gordon playing an even larger role than in the original series this go-round.

After being escorted into her office by none other than Richard Chamberlin’s “Bill Kennedy”, Gordon enters the office of the Chief of Staff and is notified that she is in a meeting.

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David Lynch as Gordon on Twin Peaks: The Return

Denise, now the Chief of Staff, enters with a big smile on her face. She thanks Gordon for coming in and asks him “what have you got?”

David Duchovny as Denise in Twin Peaks: The Return

David Duchovny as Denise in Twin Peaks: The Return

“It’s Cooper” Gordon says “We’ve found him”

When Gordon explains they found Cooper (unaware it’s actually Cooper’s doppleganger), in South Dakota, Denise says she heard.

Denise questions Gordon about bringing the beautiful younger agent Preston with him to South Dakota. “Really Gordon?” she quips..

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“What are you getting at” asks Gordon.  Denise shoots her an inquisitive look, brilliantly played by Duchovny.

Gordon then refers back to a time when he was her boss. Gordon points out how he supported her through her transition from Denis to Denise. ” .. when you became Denise, I told all your colleagues – those clown comics, to fix their hearts or die.”

Denise replies “As I’ve said many times before Gordon, I can never repay you enough for that kindness.” –Again a very heartfelt and sincere moment between the two characters, well played by both actors.

Gordon mentions that “Agent Tammy Preston has the stuff..”

Denise says she is speaking more as a woman now rather than the Chief of Staff of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.. adding the funny line– “..Don’t you love saying that line at once. Federal Bureau of Investigation all at once. Unabbreviated? It just gives me such a thrill!”

Gordon agrees it is thrilling. Denise mentions that agent Preston is “so beautiful.”  Gordon replies by flattering Denise stating “There’s room in this Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than one beautiful woman.”

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Apparently flattery will get you everywhere! This makes Denise blush.  “You know normally I can’t think like this. I have to forgo all that and grow balls of steel to do this job and it’s.. it’s a bitch–let me tell you sometimes. Not to mentions the screaming hormones”

Gordon’s response hormones comment …

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Denise apologizes, saying that she trusts Gordon, “And I believe you’re on the trail of something big” she says. “10-4 Good buddy” Gordon responds.

After Gordon exits, we see a wide shot of Denise standing behind her desk fanning herself.

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The scene was very sweet and cute. It was nice to see this character again and to see her in an authoritative powerful government position.

We’re very happy Denise had a chance to make her return in the series. Twin Peaks fans have been expressing their delight in seeing David reprise his role.

 

We also did an hour long live video vlog discussion (Yes ONE HOUR) about episodes 1-4. I apologize for the sound. Something happened during the streaming process. Again don’t watch unless you want to discuss in detail everything that happened in those episodes.

 

What Made Twin Peaks’ Denise Such a Radical Trans Character on TV

Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/30/what-made-twin-peaks-denise-such-a-radical-trans-character-on-tv

At a time when trans characters on TV and film were killers, villains, or just mocked, the equality accorded to David Duchovny’s Denise in ‘Twin Peaks’ stood out.

04.30.17 12:01 AM ET

 

“OK.”

That’s how Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) reacts in the second season of Twin Peaks when his former colleague Dennis Bryson (David Duchovny) reintroduces herself to him as Denise—not “Wow!” or “Huh?” but a prosaic, matter-of-fact “OK.”

Later that day at a wedding reception, Cooper slips up and calls the transgender woman by her old name again. She corrects him: “Denise.” He apologizes immediately and sincerely—“I’m sorry”—and makes it a point to call her by her new name afterward.

“Well, this is all pretty amazing disclosure, Denise,” Cooper says, with the same stupid grin on his face that he gets when he sips a damn fine cup of coffee or looks at a majestic Douglas fir tree.

To this day, it may be the most tender portrayal of friendship between a transgender person and someone who knew them before transition—and it was first aired in 1990.

The nineties were not a great time for transgender representation on film or television, to say the least. This was the decade when Ace Ventura threw up because he discovered he had kissed a transgender woman, when The Crying Game’s big transgender reveal was marketed as a shocking twist, and when The Silence of The Lambs gave us a villain who wanted to make a “woman suit” out of human skin.

Back then, transgender female characters tended to be “deceitful, disgusting villains,” as Meredith Talusan wrote for Buzzfeed. An ass-kicking DEA special agent in a critically-acclaimed surrealist soap opera didn’t exactly fit in with that trend.

But perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that a show as revolutionary as Twin Peaks would also be ahead of the curve when it came to handling a transgender character. And it’s oddly fitting that a show flooded with anachronisms—that felt cut out of time and place—would somehow predict the future of transgender representation.

The representation of Denise—played by a truly breathtaking David Duchovny in era-appropriate stockings and a big-banged wig—has its fair share of problems, of course. The writers clearly wanted to squeeze a few laughs out of the new character, who comes to the town of Twin Peaks to clear Agent Cooper’s name after he gets falsely accused of drug-running.

“That’s a good color for him,” says Deputy Hawk of Denise in her first scene, after she leaves the room, misgendering her and giving the audience tacit permission to laugh at the character—especially because the line follows a deliberately long beat.

Later in Denise’s three-episode arc, the audience is shown a pair of black heels walking across the checkered-tile floor of the Double R diner before the camera cheekily reveals that they belong to the six-foot tall transgender woman. It’s a joke told at Denise’s expense, albeit in a visual grammar rather than a verbal one.

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For a real-life transgender viewer like myself, there are pieces of Denise’s story that don’t quite add up. Denise tells Cooper that she transitioned because she discovered that wearing women’s clothing “relaxed [her]” while she was working undercover as a “transvestite” for a drug bust.

“Imagine how surprised I was, Coop,” she says. “It’s not exactly something you plan on.”

While I don’t want to discount anyone else’s life experience, most transgender people I know—myself included—don’t stumble upon this realization about themselves by accident but after years of internal agony. (In fact, when I first discovered Twin Peaks and watched the entire series in a weekend, I was in the middle of painful deliberations about how, when, and if to transition.)

It’s not immediately clear, either, that Denise’s transformation involves any sort of medical treatment. However, a line cut from one of the scripts reveals that she is in a program that requires her to “dress the part for six months prior to any further therapy, hormones, [and] electrolysis.”

At a time when most people still referred to gender transition as “sex change” and equated the entire process with surgery, that’s some pretty impressive attention to detail. But the same script introduces Denise as “MAN IN DRESS,” so I don’t want to give the writers too much credit.

Overall, though, Twin Peaks treats Denise with a remarkable amount of humanity—even by today’s slowly-rising standards.

The welcoming attitude toward Denise begins with Agent Cooper’s immediate acceptance of her transition and emanates outward.

As Rani Baker wrote in her 2016 ode to Denise—playfully titled “26 Goddamn Years Later, Twin Peaks Still Has One of The More Compassionate Trans Woman Characters on TV”—Cooper functions as “the conscience of the [show’s] narrative” and an “anchor point of stability and traditional (yet modern) American values.”

Cooper is the kind, decent, cherry pie-loving, crispy bacon-eating heart of Twin Peaks—so if Denise is all right in his book, then she’s all right, period. The other characters often take their cues from him, not just in matters of law enforcement but in matters of the heart as well.

For instance, Sheriff Truman makes a snide comment about Denise under his breath when he first meets her. But two episodes later, he genders her correctly and even figures out a way to use her womanhood to their advantage in a hostage situation, sending her in dressed as a waitress to disarm some unsuspecting bad guys. (The script describes Cooper as “surprised” and “proud” that Truman came up with the idea.)

In fact, apart from Hawk’s initial misgendering of Denise, I can’t find a single instance of her being referred to as “him” or “he” in the show itself—although the Twin Peaks episode scripts use inconsistent pronouns in their written descriptions of the character.

Young Audrey Horne is downright in awe of Denise, exclaiming, “They have women agents?” when the two first meet. (“More or less,” Denise replies, in one of those borderline-offensive laugh lines.)

And to the show’s credit, no one asks Denise invasive questions about her genitals—a lazy, transphobic crutch for film and TV writers that is still being used today in movies like Zoolander 2. Cooper even prefaces a broader question about Agent Bryson’s transition with a careful “if you don’t mind my asking.”

The show also corrects the misconception that one’s sexual orientation automatically changes following a gender transition. When Denise makes a remark about Audrey’s obvious infatuation with Cooper, Cooper says, “Denise, I would assume you’re no longer interested in girls.”

Denise replies, “Coop, I may be wearing a dress, but I still pull my panties on one leg at a time, if you know what I mean.”

“Not really,” says Cooper, still grinning.

But it’s not just how other characters treat Denise that makes her stick out in a sea of awful transgender characters; it’s how she handles herself. She is friendly, self-assured, and frequently hilarious. When she catches the bridal bouquet at a wedding, for example, she tells Cooper, “Unfair advantage. How many of those girls were varsity wide receivers?”

As Baker noted in her piece, “Denise is presented as actually being talented and confident,” which is a “pretty big deal” given the way transgender women were being represented at the time. Denise plays a key role in taking down series villain Jean Renault and extracting a confession from another criminal named Ernie Niles. In a series full of quirky Lynchian players, she more than holds her own.

That’s why most Twin Peaks fans seem thrilled that she’s apparently coming back in Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival, which premieres on May 21: she’s not just a unique transgender character but a great character, her undeniable sensuality and eminent capability undercut by David Duchovny’s dry delivery of her lines.

I have been waiting for Denise to return since 2015. When rumors were swirling about David Lynch bringing Twin Peaks back to life, Duchovny told the LA Times, “I hope my character comes back, I think she does.” (Note that he gendered his character correctly— something that cisgender actors in transgender roles still sometimes fail to do to do.)

Finally, this March, EW revealed an exclusive photo of Duchovny on the set of Twin Peaks dressed in a smart brown skirt suit with a more modern hairstyle: the bangs are still there, just side swept now. According to EW, Showtime and Lynch won’t officially confirm that the original cast are reprising their exact previous roles—but it’d be shocking if it weren’t Denise in that production photo.

But transgender representation looks a lot different in 2017 than it did in the nineties. Laverne Cox is on Orange is the New Black. Jamie Clayton is on Sense8. Shows and films featuring transgender characters like Transparent and The Danish Girl are being nominated for—and sometimes winning—Oscars and Emmys. But despite taking a half-step forward from nineties transphobia, this new transgender moment is far from perfect. Filling transgender roles with cisgender actorsstill the most common casting practice, apart from notable exceptions like Cox and Clayton—not only deprives marginalized actors of work, it sends the dangerous cultural message that transgender women are really men—and that transgender men are really women—underneath it all.

The tide on this debate is only now starting to turn. Transparent creator Jill Soloway, who previously defended casting Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender senior a few years ago, has since said that “it is absolutely unacceptable to cast a cis man in the role of a trans woman.” And Tambor himself told the world in 2016 that he “would be happy if [he] were the last cisgender male to play a transgender female.”

That’s why, as blogger and Twin Peaks superfan Joel Bocko pointed out in his excellent primer on Denise Bryson, Duchovny’s apparent return to the cast “will be both celebrated and controversial.” Will we forgive Twin Peaks for giving us yet another cisgender man as a transgender woman because Duchovny is continuing a part he first played twenty years ago? Or should the casting choice be judged in the present with no consideration for the past?

At this point, it’s hard for me to imagine Denise Bryson’s heels being filled by anyone other than Duchovny. I am the first to criticize movies and shows for casting cisgender actors in transgender parts but there’s a special place in my heart for Denise’s wry quips, quick instincts, and killer legs. And in the grand calculus, Twin Peaks earned enough goodwill with me by setting itself apart from the omnipresent transphobia of nineties entertainment that it can afford to irk me today.

I’ll withhold final judgment until I devour the finished product like the Twin Peaks nerd that I am. But for now, the thought of seeing Denise on my TV again makes me grin about as wide as Agent Cooper contemplating a spread of jelly donuts.

Here’s hoping I get to give her re-reintroduction a big ole Agent Cooper thumbs up.

Or at least a simple, accepting “OK.”

Hollywood Reporter: ‘Twin Peaks’ Reveals Its Official Cast … of 217

‘Twin Peaks’ Reveals Its Official Cast … of 217

Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival has unveiled its official cast list, and it’s a long one.

 Courtesy of Photofest

Courtesy of Photofest

On Monday, the pay cabler and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost confirmed the 217 returning and new actors on board for the project ahead of its 2017 debut. The list of participating actors comes after months of silence from the team behind the beloved series. Among the many surprising names set to appear include David Duchovny, Laura Dern, Michael Cera, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, and even Lynch himself.

Among the notable names missing from the list are original series stars Lara Flynn Boyle, who played Donna; Piper Laurie, who played Catherine; and Michael Ontkean, who played the sheriff.

The confirmation comes after principal photography has wrapped on the revival, which picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered.

Check out the full list below:

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NEW ***X-FILES PODCAST*** Season One Pilot, Deep Throat and Squeeze

HERE IT IS – DUCHOVIACS have produced a podcast.

– (Title Work in Progress LOL)

LONG TIME FANS, Walt Frasier and Laurice Fattal are joined by comedian and X-Files new comer Patrick Reidy. Together Walt, Laurice and Pat discuss the series and its impact and watching 1990s memory lane. PILOT EPISODE on this post features discussion regarding the PILOT, Deep Throat and Squeeze.

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LISTEN HERE and read more info below…

1.1 PILOT
Aired: September 10, 1993
Directed by:
Written by:

FROM IMDB: A young F.B.I. agent is assigned watchdog duty over a fellow agent, but finds herself drawn into his investigations of paranormal and unexplained phenomena.

FROM WIKI – Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is assigned to work with Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) on the X-Files in an attempt to debunk his work on the paranormal. Their first case has them investigating apparent alien abductions. A near comatose man, Billy Miles (Zachary Ansley), is taking his classmates, including Theresa Nemman (Sarah Koskoff), into the woods, where they are killed in a flash of bright light. Also guest stars Cliff DeYoung, Leon Russom, and Alexandra Stewart.

 

1.2 DEEP THROAT
Aired: September 17, 1993
Directed by: Daniel Sackheim
Written by: Chris Carter

FROM IMDB: Agents Mulder and Scully investigate the suspicious behaviour of a secret air force base in Idaho, coming into contact with government forces which threaten their careers and safety. IN addition to meeting DEEP THROAT for the first time, we see a young Seth Green a few years before Buffy series)

FROM WIKI – Mulder and Scully travel to Idaho in order to investigate the disappearance of a military test pilot. They observe unusual aircraft activity, prompting Mulder to proclaim the existence of a government conspiracy. Mulder sneaks onto the military base and is spotlighted by one of the craft, but is captured by soldiers and has his memory erased before he is released. Guest stars Jerry Hardin,Andrew Johnston, Gabrielle Rose, Michael Bryan French, Seth Green and Lalainia Lindbjerg.

Seth Green

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Actor: »Family Guy«, »Buffy the Vampire Slayer«, »The Italian Job«

Appears as Emil in season 1, episode 2 · Deep Throat

1.3 SQUEEZE
Aired: September 24, 1993
Directed by: Harry Longstreet
Written by: Glen Morgan & James Wong

 

FROM IMDB: Mulder and Scully search for a humanoid killer whose savage murder spree reoccurs every 30 years. (Still one of my faves)

FROM WIKI – Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders where there appears to be no tangible method for the murderer’s entrance and escape. Eugene Victor Tooms (Doug Hutchison), a seemingly normal janitor, is suspected by Mulder to be a mutant who kills his victims and extracts their livers in order to prolong his existence. Also guest stars Donal Logue and Henry Beckman.

Doug Hutchison

(FROM CHAPTER 731)

Actor: »Lost«, »24«, »The Green Mile«

Appears as Eugene Victor Tooms in season 1, episode 3 · Squeeze
Reappears in season 1, episode 21 · Tooms

Donal Logue

Actor: »Terriers«, »Life«, »Grounded for Life«

Appears as Agent Tom Colton in season 1, episode 3 · Squeeze

OF COURSE – Mr. Logue is now tearing it up on FOX’s GOTHAM

 

WHO’s BEHIND THE MIC

 PATRICK REIDY is an actor, comedian, musician, and improviser in NYC.  He can currently be seen as a host and improv comedian at the Broadway Comedy Club for the Eight Is Never Enough and LMAO-NYCInteractive Comedy Shows as well as touring with their family friendly cousin, Improv 4 Kids.  He is also an established improv teacher, having taught for the Comedy Hall Of Fame and independent residences throughout the five boroughs.  As a sketch writer and performer his work has been featured onFunny Or Die, College Humor, and the Absent Minded Comedy Show.  He is a graduate of Salem State University and has studied improv, sketch-writing, stand-up, and screenwriting at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples Improv Theatre,andThe Annoyance Theater.  Yes, and he would love to help you with your next artistic project!

Follow Pat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepatreidy

 Laurice Fattal has been performing in theatre, music concerts, and stage shows since the age of 10. She originally began writing scripts and composing music through her  own vocal group in high school. She continued to pursue her passion for the performing arts in college through studies in  theatrical production, acting, music and opera.  She has worked in casting, directing, and writing with professional companies based out of  NYC, MD and DC. Laurice has written and performed in dozens of sketch comedy digital shorts for LMAONYC. Other credits include the Indie short mockumentary: P.O.O.P: The Movie, Writer/Director of The Top 8 at Eight (original web series). Musicals/Operas: Amahl and the Night Visitors (Riverside Opera NYC), 27 Santa’s & and Elf Called Kevin , Alice in Wonderland – A New Musical, The Phantom Tollbooth – By Sheldon Harnick, The Lounge @ Under St. Marks. In  addition to developing the concept for “Eight is NEVER enough!”,  she is thrilled to be the co-founder of “IMPROV 4 Kids!” and Bully Assemblies NY  – both are outreach programs that currently tour K-12 school.

Follow Laurice on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauricef

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Catch Walt Frasier this Spring on TruTV’s “Friends Of The People” now in their 2nd season. Go to Netflix – RIGHT NOW!!! – to see Walter in Lilyhammer (Season 3, Episode 8) as the American comic performing at Steven Van Zandt’s Norwegian club. Also now on Netflix – Blue Bloods (Season 3, Episode 8) see Walter in spandex body suit in first 5 minutes as Arnie the Homeless Avenger. Royal Pains (Season 6 Episode 3) as the Choking Victim. Past credits include sketch bits on Letterman (9 episodes), Stakervision (MTV2), Naked Brother’s Band (NICK), Hair Trauma (WE) and numerous commercials including Dr. Oz’s Fat Pants. Theater Credits include Off Broadway, Touring and Regional Theater plus over 4000 professional Improv Comedy Shows with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH (AKA LMAO Off Broadway. Improv 4 Kids, Improv 4 Teens, Absent Minded Comedy).

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TWIN PEAKS TOO? OMG DD needs a vacation… #duchovniacs

NEWS VIA MOVIE HOLE
http://moviehole.net/201590849looks-like-duchovnys-doing-twin-peaks-too

BY CAFFEINATED CLINT (OOPS I almost forgot the “N”)

Is David Duchovny stuffing his bra in prep for a reprise of DEA Agent Denise Bryson for Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival?

Seems like it.

Earlier this year, Duchovny – who is also gearing up to reprise Agent Fox Mulder for FOX’s “X-Files” sequel series – told The L.A Times that it looked like he’ll be joining David Lynch’s new series of “Peaks”.

“I think ‘Twin Peaks’ is happening for sure. I hope my character comes back, I think she does… “, the actor knowingly said in January.

Now, according to a reputable source (connected to NBC’s ready-to-binge-soon “Aquarius” – looks great, too!) Duchovny’s due to shoot some “Twin Peaks” “in the third quarter”. Since he’ll be shooting “X-Files” in the same terrain, and around the same time, it sounds pretty manageable.

“Twin Peaks” was Duchovny’s big telly hurrah, and it led to his trademark role of Mulder on “X-Files”. Not surprised he wants to celebrate that, let alone have the chance to work with the visionary Mr Lynch a second time around.

Welcome back sir, er, ma’am.

 

David Duchovny as DEA Agent Denise Bryson on "Twin Peaks"