What we know about ‘Twin Peaks’ mysterious return
By Rob Lowman
For “Twin Peaks” fans, we may finally get some answers – or maybe not.
After all, we’re talking about David Lynch – a filmmaker about whom novelist David Foster Wallace once said “It’s hard to tell if he’s a genius or an idiot” after seeing the director at work on the set of the 1997 film “Lost Highway.”
For months now, Lynch has been promoting the revival of his seminal ABC TV series “Twin Peaks” on Showtime. Starting Sunday, there will be 18 new episodes of the cult show – all directed by Lynch, who has made movies like “Mulholland Drive,” “Blue Velvet,” and “The Elephant Man.”
It’s been more than 25 years since “Twin Peaks,” created by Lynch and Mark Frost, went off the air on ABC in 1991. Set in the Pacific Northwest the series explored a darkness that infects the seemingly idyllic town of the title.
The story pivoted on the question of who killed Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), a local teenager who washed up on a riverbank wrapped in plastic. Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) of the FBI comes to town to investigate, believing there is a connection between Palmer’s death and the death of another girl.
When the series debuted in April 1990, there was nothing approaching its weirdness on television. It was still years before cable would come into its own with shows like “The Sopranos” and networks were still rarely venturing outside their comfort zones.
Showtime has been touting the idea that “Twin Peaks” paved the way for groundbreaking TV, undoubtedly true, but the series itself is best remembered for its surreal, twisted tone.
“Twin Peaks” initially drew big ratings (about 20 million viewers). The eight episodes that ran that spring and the beginning of the following fall season were must-see TV. But the audience began to want some […]