If you weren’t around for it the first time, it’s hard to comprehend just how goddamn weird Twin Peaks was for a major network show. Or the battles that ensued when my dad wanted to watch it and I was insistent on seeing Cheers instead (until Peaks moved to weekends, of course, where it died a slow death). But round about episode three, when Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper dreams himself into a red room with a backwards-talking little person, even I knew I was not going to be seeing the likes of this anywhere else.
Various legal issues over the years kept a complete set, of the full show, the broadcast cut of the pilot episode, and the theatrical prequel movie from all being released together – not to mention rumored deleted scenes and alternate takes – but now that gum you like is coming back in style. All the shadowy corruption, exaggerated exclamations, big screaming and crying, odd stiltedness, weird dreams, trancelike score and beautiful scenery is back. And while this was a definite predecessor to Lost in the way it set up a mystery, then steadfastly kept insisting it wasn’t about the mystery, but the characters…rest assured, new viewers, the main part of the mystery actually does get solved.
And ratings-wise, the show never recovered, teaching a young JJ Abrams the wrong lesson.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist