Twin Peaks Forums

ABC (ended 1991)

Which Pilot?

  • Avatar of martymcflyjb

    martymcflyjb

    [1]Feb 21, 2009
    • member since: 06/17/05
    • level: 10
    • rank: Holy Level 10!
    • posts: 318
    I've never seen the show, but I've rented disc 1 from the Gold Box Edition. It has both "Original Version" and "International Version". As a new viewer, which should I watch?
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of brig1979

    brig1979

    [2]Apr 5, 2009
    • member since: 05/16/08
    • level: 1
    • rank: Weatherman
    • posts: 1
    Watch the Original Version, not the International version.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of NptuneSunnydle

    NptuneSunnydle

    [3]Apr 8, 2009
    • member since: 01/19/08
    • level: 5
    • rank: Caveman Lawyer
    • posts: 111
    I would suggest watching the original American pilot. The European version is considered a stand-alone which is a complete story that's ending has little to do with the series itself. If you are curious after watching the complete series, the alternate ending of the European pilot is on youtube.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of Mozart_Eleven

    Mozart_Eleven

    [4]Sep 2, 2009
    • member since: 08/28/09
    • level: 3
    • rank: Soup Nazi
    • posts: 71
    Definitely watch the original Pilot, it's much better.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of Keguri

    Keguri

    [5]Mar 29, 2010
    • member since: 02/12/07
    • level: 12
    • rank: Evil Bert
    • posts: 357
    Then I have another question regarding Pilots, here on TV the first is called Pilot and the second episode is called "Episode One".
    Is the "pilot" here on TV.com the prologue movie "Fire walks with me?"

    Thanks for the help
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of NptuneSunnydle

    NptuneSunnydle

    [6]Apr 14, 2010
    • member since: 01/19/08
    • level: 5
    • rank: Caveman Lawyer
    • posts: 111
    No, the pilot is a separate episode than episode one. Fire Walk with Me is a film that is a prequel to the show.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of Keguri

    Keguri

    [7]Apr 16, 2010
    • member since: 02/12/07
    • level: 12
    • rank: Evil Bert
    • posts: 357
    Thanks a bunch!
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of grailwolf

    grailwolf

    [8]Jul 15, 2010
    • member since: 04/22/05
    • level: 55
    • rank: Bounty Dog
    • posts: 4,578
    Sorry I missed this until now.
    To answer the question, a pilot is a movie or episode that is created to "sell" the series to the network. The first standard episode, then, is considered "episode one". Pilots are often created months (or even a year or more) before the rest of the series.

    In this case, Lynch and Frost got money from Warner with the condition that they create an ending for the movie so that Warner could make the money back by selling it as a standalone if the networks didn't bite. The "ending" that Lynch and Frost filmed makes no sense, and was only created so that they could use the footage later as the dream sequence in episode two.

    So in order for it to match up with the rest of the series, you should definitely watch the original pilot. The "International Version" or "European Version" has the other ending and so it doesn't match up at all. It's named this, btw, because it was released in some theaters in Europe after the US success of the series. As for the movie, "Fire Walk With Me", it is a prequel and is designed to be watched after you see the whole series. Definitely do not watch it first.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.