The Return of Twin Peaks

A quarter century after it changed the course of television history with its unorthodox storytelling, Twin Peaks is returning to TV.  Before you shake your head in cynical disregard, thinking that this will be another reboot by Hollywood producers who will desecrate the memory of the original, be aware that the original creators David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce the new version -- not a remake, but a continuation of the story they told that became a short-lived but intense cultural phenomenon back in 1990.  Before you shudder at the thought of another dragged out abomination of the mystery that began so brilliantly with the death of Laura Palmer, only to devolve into a supernatural mess for two seasons and prequel movie titled Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, know that this is planned to be a limited series with only nine episodes, directed by Lynch himself.

Oh, I'm sure if it is anywhere near the ratings hit of the original on ABC, Showtime (the new home of Twin Peaks) will find a way to extend its life even further.  For now, though, let us banish the skeptics in our minds and embrace the hope of seeing what has become of Kyle MacLachlan's Agent Dale Cooper. Will viewers feel the same thrill they had almost 25 years ago upon hearing the haunting music of the opening credits and seeing that pristine landscape with the mountains and waterfalls of that fictional town in Washington state?

Twin Peaks was a predecessor of sorts for many shows to follow, such as Lost and even American Horror Story.  Not much was like it on the air when it debuted.  How will it be received now?  What changes in tone and pace, if any, will the producers make?  What unanswered questions from the original will be resolved, or will even more new questions be raised?  Tune in to find out.

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