This show has danced along our respective queues for more years than I care to remember. We each almost gave an arm and a leg to buy limited edition DVDs a couple years back.
Finally the wait is over and we are experiencing the AMAZINGNESS that is Twin Peaks!
Twin Peaks is a TV series created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. The story follows the investigation of a brutal murder involving the homecoming queen Laura Palmer. Her corpse was discovered tightly wrapped in plastic on the stony banks of a river. Sheriff Harry S Truman and his deputies are on the case until just across the state line a second girl is discovered. FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), is called in to investigate.
As the mystery is investigated, we begin to ask not "who killed Laura Palmer", but "wtf is going on in this town!?" We soon find out that mysteries run deep within Twin Peaks, and as the story unravels, we learn along with Agent Cooper that nothing is as it seems. Everyone has a secret and no one is innocent. More importantly however, there are things at work beyond what is clear to us.
Twin Peaks first hit the boob tube in 1990 with a two hour pilot and 11 episodes. A second season ensued into 1991 but all was cut short due to frustrated fans, time changes, and the forcing of Lynch's hand by the studio which resulted in a premature resolution to the main story arc. The fact is, this series was way ahead of its time, and though critically acclaimed was probably too strange and quirky for the early 90s. I'll say this, if it was being produced today, it would give LOST a run for its money.
Lynch and Frost have both been quoted as saying they wanted to create a police investigation mixed with a soap opera...that's like saying Star Wars is about a space adventure, a huge understatement. As always, Lynch has added his unique flavor of surreal storytelling. Dreams, hallucinations, quirky characters, numerous WTF moments, and the always cloudy feel that is embodied in Lynch's films. It's as if the sun can never find a direct route the world of his stories.
Much like LOST, Twin Peaks immediately captures your attention, drawing you into the intricate lives of the characters. The town quickly becomes a real place with familiar and complicated faces. You find your favorite characters fast, cheering them and voting for more screen time. But like LOST, other characters evolve creating more enemies or heroes. As the pieces to the puzzle fall into place you can't help but watch just one more episode. To me this encompasses a successful series...The need for more.
Kyle MacLachlan makes the series. His character drives the story and steers your emotions. His willingness to embrace the uncommon (and sometimes supernatural) means of investigation gives him the kind of depth that you don't typically see in a relatively realistic story. Twin Peaks is his third collaboration with Lynch resulting in the unique mixture of talent that only the best brush and paint can create. I have to agree with Paul when saying he could possibly be the best television character created. (Interesting side-note, Kyle MacLachlan narrated several LOST tv recaps and specials)
The show is dark and dreary. The characters of Twin Peaks are quirky, unique, and extremely interesting. The story is sticks you like a barbed hook. You can't get enough. If you are a fan of LOST or great storytelling that it just outside the mainstream, queue it up immediately, you will not be disappointed.