There’s a wonderful recap of the Happy Town pilot from End Of Show — some of which you may recognise if you’ve watched the first 14 minutes of the pilot on the official website. It is also confirmed that season 1 is only 8 episodes long and the audience reaction is dependent on a second season. A mild spoilery extract is posted below.
The panel was cut very short, but three of the main questions that were asked were: The uncovering of who murdered the main character in Twin Peaks was really the demise of the show, if you’re going to have a big reveal, how will you keep the audience interested? The answer was, they plan on revealing the Magic Man in the first season, which is 8 episodes, and it is someone you know. When this is revealed there will still be hundreds of unanswered questions, so people should come back for a new season on wanting answers to those questions.
The second question was to Amy Acker stating that we didn’t see very much of her in the pilot, would she have a bigger role in the episodes to come. She assured everyone that each character gets an episode focused on them, but overall the show is about the town and she is just a small part of that town.
The third question was about the dialogue. A man asked how old the writers were because some of the writing had old fashioned words, but Georgia, the teenage girl, used the word “dude” and it wasn’t the best choice of words. The writers responded with, we aren’t that old, it’s just a small town and they are old souls.
Overall the pilot was entertaining and has a lot of potential. There is an overwhelming amount of characters introduced in the first episode, but the writers guarantee that each person/plot point will be addressed gradually throughout the series, they just needed to get everyone in so the audience could say in episode eight, that they knew the Magic Man from the beginning of the series, and they can look back and see the clues.