Twin Peaks' 15 Most Iconic, Bizarre, and Disturbing Moments

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 20, 2017

The original series eventually - though not almost soon enough for its viewers - revealed who had killed homecoming queen Laura Palmer. As Twin Peaks returns, we should consider why the show now seems so relevant, even vital - why we're all so excited for it, decades after the original's harrowing, deeply disturbing final shot. The show, whose third season arrives on Sunday, some 26 years after the end of the second season, is considered TV royalty, a longtime throne-sitter in the network castle. He also makes an appearance in the series finale, but more on that later. Then Leland is back and he remembers all of the terrible things he's done, which the show has previously implied includes not only killing his daughter Laura, but also years of abusing her, and Leland cries and cries as he dies on the floor of the sheriff's station. (Showtime has also been repeating the series to set up the revival.) Old fans remembered it; new fans discovered it and wanted more.

KYLE MACLACHLAN: (As Special Agent Dale Cooper) Diane, 11:30 a.m., February 24, entering the town of Twin Peaks, five miles south of the Canadian border, 12 miles west of the state line - I've never seen so many trees in my life.

Rest assured: This revival isn't a remake. "How's Annie?", in reference to his girlfriend Annie, played by Heather Graham. Or, more accurately, they take place in a Lynchian version of the here and now - one where time is nonlinear and past and future constantly intrude on the present. Over the course of two seasons, creators David Lynch and Mark Frost created a beguiling hybrid of soap opera, murder mystery, and horror set in a Pacific Northwest town the show's named for. THR has also been advised that viewers with distinct recollection of Twin Peaks will find their fandom rewarded; what's more, a closer examination of the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is recommended before embarking on the new series. It was announced that Lynch would be directing the entire project, which as of this reporting clocks in at 18 installments. Not only that, but he'll be back as donut-guzzling FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole too. But as we've seen in the past, nearly everything that was popular - even for just a while - can mount a comeback. It's an anomaly in this age of multiple teasers followed by multiple trailers. The show changed from a story into a somewhat static tale of Twin Peaks filled with mumbo-jumbo about doppelgangers and silly time scheme disruptions. Where's he been all this time? And why? We have no idea.

What gripped me immediately was David Lynch's command of the medium.

Lynch recognizes these dark impulses within himself: Take Wild at Heart (1990), with its relentless carnival of horrors, a film that functions not unlike a totemic spirit within his own oeuvre - a cruel vessel into which he's poured all his rage and violence. Wild at Heart, the devil on Lynch's shoulder, even has its opposite, angelic number: The Straight Story (1999), a picture of nearly limitless sweetness and light, and the only other road movie he's made. As Cooper conducted his search for Laura's killer, the town's secrets were gradually exposed.

The Log Lady once said, "One day, my log will have something to say about this".

LYNCH: I saw "Twin Peaks" as a film.

After the resolution of the murder storyline, some fans became disillusioned with the sprawling second season which brought in a range of early career performances from future superstars like David Duchovny, Heather Graham and Billy Zane.

The absent names are more than made up for by a huge cast of new faces. This very well might be a control move dictated by Lynch, fearful that major plot points and surprises will be revealed through an Internet spoiler system that did not exist in 1990.

You betcha. Julee Cruise's ethereal Grammy award-winning theme song was instrumental to the show's success back in the 90s, and Showtime have confirmed it and composer Angelo Badalamenti, who wrote the score for the original, are onboard for the new season. It's adapted from Damn Fine Cherry Pie, Lindsey Bowden's cookbook inspired by David Lynch's cult classic.

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