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updated 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

One facet of television series is their remarkable homogenization. From episode to episode, the prevailing tone and mood will change not one whit. One of the ways Twin Peaks (see p. 83) stands out is that it has been evolving right before our eyes. Since the two-hour pilot, the show is no longer as visually striking. It now almost looks like a conventional night-time soap. But its sense of humor has become loonier, the content more surreal (Agent Cooper's dream?!) and the plot twists more abrupt. All this and the most sinister one-armed man on prime time since David Janssen's The Fugitive.

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