Wednesday, April 8, 2015

4/8/1990 America visits Twin Peaks

April 8, 1990.  One of the weirdest phenomena in the weird history of television started on this date, when Twin Peaks hit ABC.  It lasted only fourteen months, which was long enough to explode a lot of brain cells. 

As you probably know it tells the story of the death of small town high school student Laura Palmer, as investigated by FBI agent Dale Cooper. 

Sounds simple, no?  But this is a murder mystery as created by the eccentric director David Lynch and his partner Mark Frost.  So along the way we meet a woman who carries a log everywhere, a giant and a midget in identical clothes, a woman who turns into a cabinet knob, a white horse in the middle of a living room, and a damned fine cup of coffee.

In one episode the FBI agent is told by the dead woman (oh, just go with it) that she would see him again in 25 years, and here we are 25 years later.  So recently Showtime announced that Twin Peaks will return for a limited run of new episodes.  I'm sure this time it will make sense.

1 comment:

  1. To me, there's little to match it in characterization and atmosphere. But as one critic said, it appeared the writers never believed there's be a second season and when it indeed arrived, they didn't know how to make sense of the plot they'd started.

    David Lynch just announced he won’t be a part of the new production.