There are very few TV shows from the 1990s that have an effect in pop culture like David Lynch and Mark Frost’s TWIN PEAKS. Audiences tuned in week after week, following FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper as he investigated the strange death of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. Even today should you mention the tagline “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” to anyone, you will conjure up images of that deceptively serene town of Twin Peaks in Washington State. But even though the killer was revealed in the second season of the famed show, many mysteries were still uncovered, with some of them still unsolved.
So when it was announced that a revival of TWIN PEAKS would be coming out on Showtime, the world was abuzz again with possibilities. As news came out that creators David Lynch and Mark Frost were returning once again, that buzz grew louder. Then announcements for the cast started trickling out. It was a reunion the fans had been waiting 25 years for. Remember that number.
Then things got a little weird. Lynch came out and said he wouldn’t be involved. Then again that he absolutely was. There were questions on whether some of the stars actually would be returning. Then it was announced that the series would be airing in 2017 as opposed to the earlier announced 2016. The original nine episodes were being expanded to 18. There seemed to be more questions than answers. But in September of 2015 cameras began rolling, and fans quickly realized their hopes had become a reality. Though filming concluded in April of 2016, no firm date has been set for the premiere of series, as everything was being shot from a long script and they wouldn’t know what they truly had until it was broken up into the individual episodes.
As 2016 is starting to come to a close, Showtime has started to peel back the veil into the world of TWIN PEAKS by releasing a short behind the scenes look at the series, with old and new actors alike sharing what it’s like to return to that mysterious little town. At just over a minute and a half, you can already feel the emotion and excitement behind everyone involved.
Series star Kyle MacLachlan seems genuinely emotional when talking about the revival, and returning actors Miguel Ferrer, Harry Goaz, James Marshall, Kimmy Robertson, and Dana Ashbrook shared their sentiments. Newcomers Amy Shiels, Jim Belushi, Robert Knepper, and Chrysta Bell share their thoughts on what it’s like to be part of the phenomenon. We also get a few shots of the scenery, that famous Twin Peaks town sign, and some quick glances behind the cameras.
One thing that TWIN PEAKS did was to take an extensive look at everyday innocence and peel back the layers to expose the seedy underground that exists just beyond the shadows. It looked at the inhabitants and revealed their dark double lives and twisted dealings with each other. Add in supernatural elements that seem to almost come out of nowhere, and you had a story that kept you not only guessing as to what was going to happen next but kept you returning for more.
It was important to note that the Showtime series would be a continuation rather than a reboot or retelling, as the timing of the revival was equally important. Those unforgettable words from Laura Palmer echo true now: “I’ll see you in 25 years.”
Speaking of timing, the release of the featurette also coincides with the release of Mark Frost’s book The Secret History of Twin Peaks, which expands on the mythology and may tie into the upcoming series.
As the events play out and we learn what has transpired since Cooper’s fateful visit to the Black Lodge, in true TWIN PEAKS fashion anything and everything can and will happen.
Or as Cooper once said to Sheriff Harry S. Truman, “Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”
Stay with us as we get closer to the release of the new TWIN PEAKS on Showtime.
Jason Stollery has horror films encoded into his DNA, going so far as to name his sons Michael and Fred. He can be found on Twitter @smegghed, and on his genre film blog and podcast at filmguild.net