Twin Peaks premiere review

Diane, it’s 11:04 P.M. on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017. I’ve just finished watching the two-part premiere of Twin Peaks season 3, the brainchild of creators David Lynch and Mark Frost that’s been the subject of hopeful speculation for more than two decades. If you’re wondering whether Lynch – who hasn’t directed a feature film since 2006’s Inland Empire – is still in top form, these two episodes put that question to rest. It’s still hard to believe, Diane, but Twin Peaks is back, and it’s just as enigmatic, engaging, and ambitious as ever.
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Twin Peaks refresher

I’m still shocked that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks aired on a major television network – let alone in primetime. The series heavily influenced a lot of prestige TV that followed its cancellation after its second season back in 1991, but I can’t think of another show that’s ever run the gamut of styles and genres quite the way this one did. The original run of episodes was thrilling because we had absolutely no idea what kind of show it would be from one moment to the next. Twin Peaks was the absolute king of tonal shifts, often whipping from surreal to comedic, from melodramatic to genuinely heartbreaking, from profound to eye-rollingly dumb. This show contained multitudes. But through it all, it remained enigmatic, eccentric, exciting, and distinctly Lynchian – even when Lynch himself scaled back his involvement during the show’s questionable second season.

With the limited series revival heading to Showtime this weekend, now’s a good time for a refresher about what you need to know, some questions left unanswered, and a bit of good old-fashioned speculation about what we might see in the future. Grab a cup of damn fine coffee, a slice of cherry pie, and join me for a whirlwind trip to small town America in the Pacific Northwest.
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Twin Peaks season 3 Episode Descriptions

We’re only a few days away from the wildly-anticipated return of Twin Peaks, but we’re still largely in the dark about what the revived series will actually contain. More of Kyle MacLachlan’s FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper? Absolutely, but even something as seemingly simple as that is tinged with a spoilery caveat I won’t get into now. Will we see another murder in the small Northwestern town? Almost certainly. But beyond that, it’s been nothing but tumbleweeds out there when it comes to plot details.

But some new descriptions of the first eight episodes have just surfaced, and in typical Twin Peaks fashion, they’re intriguingly – and almost frustratingly – mysterious.
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Kyle MacLachlan in Twin Peaks Season 3 Teaser

The very mysterious Twin Peaks revival has served up a very mysterious Twin Peaks teaser. As you might expect, this promo is less about revealing the story’s secrets and more about setting a certain tone and mood — as well as reminding you that yes, this is really happening. Kyle MacLachlan returns as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper as the familiar strains of Angelo Baldamenti‘s iconic theme song play in the background. Watch the Twin Peaks season 3 teaser below. Read More »

Twin Peaks premiere date

The return of Twin Peaks has been shrouded in mystery, and not just the odd, surreal Lynchian kind. Up until now, we’ve had little idea about when the show would premiere or even how many episodes we’d get. But today at their TCA session, Showtime shared the first crumbs of information we’ve had about Twin Peaks in a good long while, including an exact release date and episode count.  Read More »

Twin Peaks season three episode count

Twin Peaks isn’t just back — there’s more of it coming than anyone expected.

The return of Twin Peaks has already become a saga, with Showtime setting up a nine-episode third season to air in 2016, with David Lynch directing all episodes and co-writing with Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost. Then Lynch bailed on the series, reportedly over budget and deal issues. But Showtime worked things out with Lynch, and the director returned, just in time for Showtime to announce the third season had expanded from its original nine-episode order.

We didn’t know much more than that. What would be the final Twin Peaks season three episode count? And who else will return to the series now that Lynch is fully on board? During a convention appearance, Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn revealed some details. Notably, that the series order has doubled, and there’s a suggestion that Angelo Badalamenti, the musical voice of the show, is also coming back. Read More »

twin peaks negotiations

The Twin Peaks revival has already turned really weird, and the show isn’t even shot — but this may not be the kind of weird fans were hoping for. David Lynch bowed out of directing the series a few days ago, citing Showtime’s unwillingness to commit the proper money “to do the script the way [Lynch] felt it needed to be done.” That came as a surprise to his creative partner, Mark Frost, and also to Showtime. The cable network is still trying to keep Lynch on board, and the cast is clamoring for his return, but whether the Twin Peaks negotiations will pan out is still open to question. Read More »

Twin Peaks novel

In the years after Twin Peaks, the show’s co-creator Mark Frost became a novelist. His first novel, The List of Seven, was published in 1993 and he has written several in the two decades since. Now, with a Twin Peaks revival on the way — a nine-episode third season will air on Showtime in 2016 — Frost is combining his interests in writing and television. A novel called The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks will explore the lives of characters from the show in the 25 years between when it went off the air and the planned revival, and perhaps also tell some deeper secrets.  Read More »

Twin Peaks returns

“It is happening again.” The giant said those words on Twin Peaks over 20 years ago, and now creators Mark Frost and David Lynch are following through on that idea. Now Twin Peaks returns in 2016 with a nine-episode limited series on Showtime. Frost and Lynch will produce and write all nine episodes, and Lynch will direct the entire series. The show will not be a reboot; this series plans to continue the story left unfinished decades ago. Read More »

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On the Air, the second show from Twin Peaks creators Mark Frost and David Lynch, barely registered in the public consciousness when it premiered on ABC in 1992. The show’s seven episodes are now available on YouTube, and did the rounds at the very end of last year.

There’s a reason the show had little post-broadcast life and is all but forgotten: it isn’t very good. An attempt to create a zany behind-the-scenes look at live TV comedy in the late ’50s, On the Air is a bit like David Lynch doing 30 Rock. While the show did have the input of Twin Peaks creators Frost and Lynch, it stalled quickly, sliding into repetition and stale gags. Seven episodes were shot, but only three aired.

But wait! I didn’t write this piece just to say “here’s a thing, it’ kinda sucks.” In fact the pilot, written by Frost and Lynch and directed by Lynch, is actually pretty terrific. (In 1997 it was ranked squarely in the middle of a list of the 100 best TV episodes ever made.)

Now, Twin Peaks is in the ether again. David Lynch is evidently shooting something Peaks-related next week, which is probably a web-bound promo for the complete box set we know to be coming later this year. So it’s a good time to revisit On the Air. Because whatever intentions Frost and Lynch may have had, that first episode is like one long dream sequence that reconfigures and laughs at the whole experience of creating Twin Peaks. Read More »