Fans of Twin Peaks have sorely missed spending time with the diverse assemblage of wonderful characters that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s influential television show gifted us with. But, promises being kept, “I’ll see you again in 25 years” meant a lot more than fans could have possibly dreamt.
As you may be aware, Twin Peaks’ second season ended with with a maddening, but indisputably incredible cliffhanger on its 1991 original air date. Viewers of the show have been wishing for a continuation of those final few frames ever since, and it is nothing less than remarkable that Lynch, after a long period of uncertainty, decided to helm the project’s return way back in 2015.
It has been a disheartening eleven years since Lynch’s last feature film, the much-debated, maniacal masterpiece Inland Empire. After watching this three-hour tale of “a woman in trouble”, it would be logical to conclude that it certainly feels like Lynch’s farewell to cinema. The film appears to be a culmination of everything the director personifies, and is assuredly his most experimental and challenging to date. Shooting the entire film digitally, it was an exercise in complete freedom for Lynch, and the creativity bursts onto the screen progressively as the film delves into the genius psyche of the subversive auteur. However, he has rewarded the patience of his adoring fans.
After such a lengthy absence of directorial efforts, it seems extraordinary that the man himself is directing all eighteen episodes of the series return. It has been a tremendously long time since fans have sipped coffee and watched as everyone’s favourite FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper navigates around the mysterious and mesmerising small town of Twin Peaks.
Even more excellent is that most of the cast we know and cherish are back. The first episode will surely be a nostalgic trip down memory lane as we re-kindle our romance with the characters we fell infatuated with. Apart from a fond return to familiar terrain, it is hard for fans to know what to expect. After all, Lynch and Frost are hardly predictable minds. But one thing is certain, which is that things have surely changed down in Twin Peaks. There will be a myriad of fresh faces, with exciting newcomers to the show including Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Sara Paxton, Michael Cera, Tim Roth, Matthew Lillard, and Caleb Landry Jones. This acts as concrete confirmation that new characters will be fulfilling a role in the show’s universe, and it will be fascinating to see the new residents and how they shape the narrative.
The two-hour season premiere will air at the same time as America’s Showtime release, which will be at approximately 2am on Monday 22nd May on the channel Sky Atlantic, so coffee will be compulsory. So remember, the owls are not what they seem, and we cannot wait to be back at the Double R diner chowing down on some cherry pie with two cups of good, hot black coffee… damn good coffee… and hot!