What happened to Dale Cooper? Does Audrey Horne have kids now? With the return 
of the cult show, David Lynch has a chance to answer all our questions

 Brian Moylan    
theguardian.com, Tuesday 7 October 2014 03.13 EDT


[Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward in the pilot episode of Twin Peaks, which 
originally aired April 8, 1990. Photograph: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images]
 We live in an age where every show threatens to return, like one of the 
corpses on The Walking Dead just lying there until it is hit by a spark and 
lurches up again, whether we want it to or not.

 Finally, it’s happened to Twin Peaks, the beloved ABC show that took forever 
to solve the murder of Laura Palmer using dancing dwarfs, creepy giants, and an 
FBI investigator who wasn’t afraid to investigate the darkness inside all of 
us. The show will return to Showtime in 2016 for a nine-episode limited 
engagement to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its cancellation. Original 
writer Mark Frost will write all the episodes and co-creator David Lynch will 
direct all of them. In typical Twin Peaks fashion, the announcement was made 
official with a really creepy and cryptic teaser video 
 With so many TV shows making well-publicized returns, what’s different about 
Twin Peaks? Allow me to explain.

 We’ve waited long enough: It has been 25 long years since Twin Peaks was 
cancelled in its second season after a precipitous drop off in both viewers and 
quality. (It didn’t help that ABC shuttled the program off to the dead zone of 
Saturday nights either.) Since then the whole TV landscape has changed to be 
more accommodating to the show. Also leaving a generation-wide gap in seasons 
is an interesting proposition from a story perspective. What happened to all 
the citizens of Twin Peaks that we met as teens? How have their lives changed 
and what are they up to now? This gives Lynch and Frost an excuse to 
investigate middle age in a small town, as well as introduce us to Audrey 
Horne’s (Sherilyn Fenn) kids (she’s sure to have them) and see how they might 
have been influenced by the dark creatures of the Black Lodge.

 [“When Twin Peaks debuted in 1990 no one even realized it was ushering in the 
“golden age of television” Photograph: ABC/ABC] 

 This is auteur television done right: When Twin Peaks debuted in 1990 no one 
even realized it was ushering in the “golden age of television” we hear so much 
about. This was really the first time that a marquee director decided to make a 
television show and it was as weird, weird, weird, weird, weird as it wanted to 
be. Now that anthology shows like True Detective are the hottest trend and 
directors like Jane Campion are making shows like Top of the Lake (about a 
missing teenage girl rather than a dead one), Lynch will be right where he 
meant to be all along. Also the show started to suffer when Lynch moved on to 
other projects so knowing he will be there for the entire series is promising. 
Every prestige show that has a rural setting or a sense of dread (think The 
Killing) is inevitably compared to Twin Peaks. It will be exciting to see if 
Lynch can take his vision even farther and influence the next 25 years of 
television as well.

 Finally, some answers: What, exactly happened to FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle 
MacLachlan) in that final scene of Twin Peaks when he looks in the mirror? What 
did Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) mean when she told Cooper that she would see him 
again in 25 years? Did Lynch plan this all along? And what has Lara Flynn Boyle 
been up to? And can Peggy Lipton get her daughter Rashida Jones to appear in an 
episode? There are so many wonderful questions to be answered.

[Grace Zabriskie, Sheryl Lee and Ray Wise as Sarah Palmer, Laura Palmer and 
Leland Palmer Photograph: Allstar/NEW LINE/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar]
  It can be as crazy as it wants to be: Twin Peaks was groundbreaking for 
network television and, compared to what is on cable these days, it’s 
incredibly tame. When looking at the gore and sexuality of Fire Walk with Me, 
the prequel movie Lynch made after the show was cancelled, that appeared to be 
more in line with his original vision of what Twin Peaks could be. Now that it 
will air on Showtime, it can be as bloody, as dirty, as curse-laden as Lynch 
would like. Also, the show has such an incredible reputation now that I hope 
that the suits at Showtime will lay off and let Lynch do his thing. I have a 
feeling there is going to be a lot of brilliance in that freedom.

 We get to rewatch the original: The best thing about new Twin Peaks is we get 
to enjoy the brilliance of the original Twin Peaks all over again. This time we 
also get to do it with the internet and the recaps, fan chatter, and rampant 
speculation will only heighten the delight of reinvesting in the original and 
exploring the new season. Finding it is easier than ever (RIP the VHS copies 
ripped from ABC live airings). There’s a Blue=Ray set that was just released 
this summer (do people still watch Blu-Ray?) and for easy access, both seasons 
are streaming on Netflix. Now you have no excuse not to watch.




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