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Twin Peaks is back. The show’s opening moments remind us how long we have been waiting. In a clip from the final episode from its original run, Laura Palmer tells Special Agent Dale Cooper that she will see him again in twenty-five years. It’s actually been twenty-six years for us, but who’s counting? We had Fire Walk With Me to tide us over. That conversation took place in the mysterious Black Lodge where Agent Cooper still resides.
Flashbacks remind viewers of the show’s infamous second season cliffhanger in which our hero was trapped in the Lodge while his evil Doppelganger took his place in the real world. I wondered if Lynch and company might sidestep this dangling plot thread but the new episodes offer no easy solution. Coop is still trapped and his Doppelganger is a terror that needs to be stopped. This is the story I have waited a quarter century to see completed and Twin Peaks didn’t disappoint.
It’s happening again. That show I like is coming back in style. I am of course referring to the cult sensation, Twin Peaks, which after twenty-five years has been revived for a third season on Showtime. But this isn’t the first time Twin Peaks was given a second chance. In 1992, just one year after the show’s cancellation, director David Lynch brought his creation to the big screen.
Showtime’s revival has been met with joyous celebration, but Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me opened to booing at the Cannes Film Festival, jeers from critics and ambivalence from audiences. Even the show’s few remaining fans didn’t seem to know what to make of the big screen version of Twin Peaks. A quarter century later, the movie, like the show, has enjoyed a critical reappraisal with many now viewing Fire Walk With Me as an under-appreciated gem. That may be true, but as an attempt to extend the life of Twin Peaks mania, it was a critical and commercial failure.
Shortly after Twin Peaks was cancelled by ABC, a Twin Peals movie was announced. For the dedicated fans who watched the TV show to the bitter end, the announcement was great news. The show ended with maddening cliff hanger. It stood to reason that the movie would offer some closure.
But that’s not what happened. Instead, auteur David Lynch made a movie that was too tied to the mythology of the TV show to be appreciated by casual viewers and yet so different in tone from the TV show that it alienated fans.
In short, it satisfied almost no one.
I was discussing Twin Peaks with some fellow fans after my review of the show and I stumbled on this brilliant video of Lego Twin Peaks. If you’re not a fan, you won’t get it. But if you still remember Twin Peaks fondly, this will put a smile on your face.
Recently Netflix started streaming episodes of Twin Peaks. This news was cause for celebration as far as I was concerned. During most of its brief run, Twin Peaks had been my favorite TV show. But most people didn’t share my enthusiasm.
The years have not been kind to Twin Peaks’ reputation. In fact, I’d go so far as to say Twin Peaks has become something of a cautionary tale. Back in the days when Lost was frustrating its fans with bizarre clues to mysteries it seemed it would never answer, I commonly heard the phrase “They better not pull a Twin Peaks!”