Twin Peaks Style, Part 1: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

[Editor's note: WARNING! The following blog post contains many a spoiler concerning the events in our favourite fictional Pacific Northwest town. Read at your own risk. - Anna]

Laura Palmer’s plastic-wrapped body, discovered by an over-eager fisherman in the pilot episode of Twin Peaks, is the first sign that everything is about to break. Audrey Horne’s switch from saddle shoes to heels, moments later, is the first sign that nothing — as long as the show lasts — will ever be as it seems.

Throughout the two seasons of Twin Peaks, there are several incidents that reveal things to be different from what they seem — there are doppelgängers, dream worlds, and Killer BOB, who takes over the bodies of innocent men and uses them to rape and kill. [Editor's note: See?! Told you there were spoilers! Back to you, Stephanie. - Anna] There’s also the character of Laura: though we never meet her alive, she is portrayed in flashbacks and memories as the perfect teenage girl — well-liked and intelligent, beautiful, and every parent’s dream — but in reality, she was addicted to cocaine and was cheating on her long-term boyfriend with several men, including her employer, who is married with children. Finally, and most obviously, there is the town of Twin Peaks itself; it appears to be quaint and quiet, but has horrible things brewing under its surface, in its forests.

The characters in Twin Peaks are defined largely by their wardrobes, which reveal their true personalities, often by making such drastic attempts at concealing them.

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