I will never forget the first time I heard the words, “She’s dead. Wrapped in plastic.” It was 1990 and I was a junior in high school. Those words cast a strange, alluring, and irreversible spell over me. I was instantly entranced by the television world of Twin Peaks that had been created by the quirky movie director David Lynch.
The story was about the murder of a teenage girl named Laura Palmer and the people that lived in the fictional logging town of Twin Peaks, Washington. The intoxicating blend of avant-garde, surrealism, and the utterly strange was unlike any other show I had ever seen. Touted as one of the greatest television dramas ever made, the show used supernatural elements, eccentric characters (such as a dancing dwarf and a lady that carried a log around with her), and distinctive Northwest forest cinematography.
At the end of the last season of the show, Laura Palmer said she would be back in 25 years. Fast forward to 2017, and Showtime is set to release 9 episodes of the revival of Twin Peaks on May 21, set in present day. Many original cast members will return—most importantly, FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan—along with new names, such as Naomi Watts and Michael Cera.
With a huge cult following and being a major pop-culture phenomenon of the 1990’s, David Lynch’s continuation of this show should make for interesting television watching, and, of course, some “damn good coffee.”
Binge now (if you haven’t already) on the original Twin Peaks series on Netflix, and get ready for Twin Peaks: The Return, airing May 21 on Showtime.
By Jennifer Moreland