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Preview: Twin Peaks (Showtime) – Will this revival appease the cult following?

By on May 3, 2017

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Back in 1990, ABC premiered the serial drama Twin Peaks. After two years the show was cancelled due to declining ratings, but in the subsequent years, Twin Peaks grew a huge following. Now, Showtime is taking viewers back to the small town in a limited series.

Since it has been over 25 years since the last episode of the original series aired, let me give you a quick recap. ABC’s Twin Peaks told the tale of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan, Desperate Housewives) as he investigates the murder of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in Twin Peaks, WA. During his investigation, he uncovers some of Twin Peaks‘ darkest secrets. For starters, Laura Palmer was a cocaine addict and was secretly working as a prostitute. However, the most shocking revelation comes when Cooper learns the truth about two mysterious figures in town, MIKE and BOB. Both are demonic spirits, who inhabit people in the town, and are involved in Laura’s murder.

The original series ended with an unresolved cliffhanger, in which Cooper tries to rescue the girl he loves, Annie Blackburn (Heather Graham) from one of the two mystical, extra-dimensional realms (the places where BOB and the other spirits come from). Although Cooper was somewhat successful, in the series finale it is revealed he is not possessed by BOB and Annie’s fate is unclear.

 


 

Showtime hasn’t revealed much about the plot of the new series, but we do know it will center on Agent Cooper’s return to Twin Peaks. However, with such a rich backstory (and trust me, the summary I just gave was very incomprehensive) and the fact that many of the original cast members as well as the crew, including writers and creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, were involved in making this revival is a very good sign.

Apart from returning cast members, there are also some notable new actors involved, including Laura Dern (Jurassic Park), Naomi Watts (The Ring), Michael Cera (Arrested Development), Jim Belushi (According to Jim) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight). Considering a few of these names, it looks like David Lynch will once again make use of the offbeat humor he loves.

The new Twin Peaks has all the ingredients to become the hit series it never really was. Because, despite later fame, the show didn’t do too well in the ratings. Maybe Twin Peaks was a little ahead of its time, and now that the mix of mystery, horror, supernatural and humor is widely accepted, the show will do better. Either way, Twin Peaks‘ revival promises to be a great show, one that many people have longed for, but also one that will have high expectations to fulfill.

Twin Peaks airs on Sundays at 9/8c on Showtime. The next episode will air in a special timeslot on Sunday, August 20th at 8/7c.