Two weeks ago, David Lynch and Mark Frost, the Lennon-McCartney of creepy cult television, announced they are returning “Twin Peaks” after a 25-year hiatus.
“Twin Peaks” was a show that centered around the murder of a small town high school girl, Laura Palmer. While that worked as the hook, it was the idiosyncratic characters of this fictional small town in Washington state that really kept the viewers in.
It combined satirizing the TV soap operas of the late ’80s and early ’90s, a criminal investigation show and horror-inspired surrealism. Because it wouldn’t be a David Lynch project without that.
That surrealism included a place called The Black Lodge that operated as both heaven and hell where a backward talking dwarf would dance erratically and the personification of pure evil in the form of a long haired man who brutally murdered people while possessing other people’s bodies and stealing their souls resided.
You knew when it was him possessing bodies, because when his host body looked into a mirror, it was the demon-hippie man looking back.
And at the ripe old age of nine-years-old, my dad would have me watch this show with him. I’d be lying if I said this show didn’t mess me up a little bit in the long run.
The show didn’t live past two seasons. Lynch made an even creepier prequel/sequel a year after it was canceled with “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.” That film was mostly a miss for a lot of fans.
Over the years, “Twin Peaks” has inspired many shows. “X-Files,” “Lost,” “Fringe” and others were able to exist because “Twin Peaks” made it OK for a drama to tap into the strange and supernatural.
And now it’s coming back. Twenty-five years after Laura Palmer’s soul told FBI Agent Dale Cooper in that Black Lodge she would see him again after the afore mentioned quarter of a century time lapse.
It will be a nine-episode run, written by Frost and Lynch, with each episode directed by Lynch.
When I heard that, I realized that in 2016, when this is due to air, I might have to end my near decade long absence from cable TV. Because I really want to see this.
Also, a book detailing what happened to the characters between the series finale and the return is in the works. Written by Frost, this book should explain what happened to these characters since we last saw them.
I will be buying that too, when it comes out next year. It will allow them to not have to tread backward too much explaining why some characters are not there (a few of the actors have died over the years).
Having loved the series most of my life, I’m pretty stoked that this is happening. David Lynch’s films are very interesting, but “Twin Peaks” is my favorite of his work. I think having Mark Frost ground him a little from going overboard on the weird stuff is what made this show great for the most part (a lot of season two was garbage).
So, yes, more “Twin Peaks” is great news to me.