Twin Peaks first premiered on ABC in 1990, just a year before I was born. Nearly two decades later, during film school, one of my professors gave a lecture on the series and how it impacted network TV. I was intrigued. Once it became available on Netflix I decided to take the plunge and what I discovered was both wildly strange and completely magical.
David Lynch and Mark Frost’s creation was unique, fascinating, and ahead of its time. For me, Twin Peaks embodied the oddness of life with its own bizarre Lynchian twist. Much like Blue Velvet, the series presented a small town that looked quaint and perfect on the outside, but once its facade was peeled back its dark and menacing interior was exposed.
Last night I finished season two of Twin Peaks and was immediately disappointed that there wasn’t more. Because the season finale wasn’t written to be a series finale (it was unexpectedly cancelled prior to season 3), so many questions were left unanswered, and goodness I wanted more.
But in an unusual turn of events, I woke up this morning to see that Twin Peaks is returning. Seriously? A day after finishing the series and wishing there was more, my request was answered.
The limited series will premiere on Showtime in 2016 for the season’s 25th anniversary. Lynch and Frost will be writing and producing all nine episodes, with Lynch directing every episode. According to Deadline Hollywood, the new series will take place in the present day and will answer many of the questions left unanswered by the finale. It is currently unclear if any of the actors from the original cast will be returning, but I certainly hope that Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper.
I’m absolutely delighted to know that Twin Peaks will be returning and I’ll still be pleased even if it’s only a fraction as good as the original. Until then, I’m planning on watching Fire Walk With Me, the movie prequel to the series, to satisfy my craving for more.
“I have no idea where this will lead us. But I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”