Two Hundred Six.
Sunday, 2017.05.21, 11:23 AM CST.
"Twin Peaks" returns... after 26 years.
Current Mood: Excited. Aces
Current Scent: Vanille Coco by Comptoir Sud Pacifique.
history will be made on the Showtime cable network. "Twin
Peaks," my favourite television series of all time, will return
for its third season, twenty-six years after the original show ended.
don't remember ever being as excited for a television episode as I am
when "Twin Peaks" first aired in April 1990, I have to admit
- I avoided it. I liked some of David Lynch's work (especially
Blue Velvet), but I didn't see how a show by David Lynch could
be all that good considering network television's restrictions.
It just sounded like a boring series about small-town America.
was so wrong.
the third episode aired, I caught a few scenes. I was enthralled.
Here was this FBI agent - Special Agent Dale Cooper, expertly portrayed
by the treat Kyle Maclachlan - and he was throwing rocks at bottles
in an attempt to use a "Tibetan" technique to narrow down
the suspects for the murder of Laura Palmer.
was also the episode in which the "Little Man from Another Place"
was introduced in one of Cooper's dreams.
caught up. When the series re-ran, I watched them in order, taping
them all, occasionally discussing them with my mom, who was also following
this weird little "soap opera with supernatural elements,"
as I've often described it.
found myself closely identifying with Agent Cooper. Not in the
"I have to be just like this guy and emulate everything he does"
kind of way... but more in the "this character is super-cool and
I know it's influencing me a little" kind of way. If you've
ever had me give you a "thumbs-up" to a good idea or heard
me say "Aces" when things were going well... then you've witnessed
the effect that the Agent Cooper character had on me.
love of the occasional black coffee? I started trying it black
because of Agent Cooper.
adoration of suits and neckties? Well, that comes from numerous
influences, I'm sure... but Cooper was one of them.
was a character who was quirky but meant well. He was a "weirdo,"
but he kept his integrity and always tried to do the right thing, even
when the bizarre occurences in his life caused him pain and frustration.
People accepted his differences and respected him - even loved him.
life was always a bit "odd" (in the past several years, I
have even seriously considered the possibility that I could have a mild
case of Asperger's Syndrome, but there's no way to test me for it at
this age), and I know that I was always an unusual person - "quirky"
is indeed a good word, but I'm sure many would have just said "weird,"
and they would have had every right to do so. The character of
Special Agent Dale Cooper made me feel more acceptable.
I followed the series as it went on until June of 1991. It was
one of my escapes from the tormenting pressures of my first year of
college at the University of Tulsa. I didn't party or do any drugs
or even drink at the time... but I found my recreations in music, movies,
books, and television - and "Twin Peaks" was already my favourite
series by a long shot.
as the series ended, and the plotlines admittedly became a little more
ridiculous, I wondered how the series would end. For those of
you who haven't seen the series, I won't spoil it with any specific
details other than to say that David Lynch decided to give the ultimate
"f-you" to the network, as well as his fans, by ending the
second season - and thus the entire story - with a set of cliffhangers.
Some characters, you didn't know if they were still "alive"
or "dead." And all of the fans had to accept that we
would never know. It was horrible, and it was hurtful, and it
sucked. Frankly, it was a shitty ending.
then... Lynch came back and said that there was a "Twin Peaks"
movie in the works! Yes - finally some resolution!
However, the film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, was (mainly)
a prequel, detailing the last seven days of Laura Palmer's life, and
it did not give much of an answer for any of the cliffhangers with which
we had been presented.
that was it. No more "Twin Peaks." Some of the
actors eventually died, and many of the others went on to several other
projects, of course... but the rabid fans never got a resolution.
then... Ray Wise, one of the actors, let it slip at a convention that
they were going to work on bringing "Twin Peaks" back.
Fans took it with a HUGE grain of salt; I remember reading something
like, "Ray Wise lives in his own world, and we should let him believe
what he wants." But he mentioned it again, if I remember
correctly, and maybe a third or fourth time.
David Lynch himself denied it. No way. Wasn't going to happen.
then... Lynch was heard at some gathering saying something like, "You
know, the town is still there..." and going on to say that the
characters would still be living their lives, and it might be fun to
bring it back.
2015, it was revealed that it was indeed a legitimate project, and that
there was a plan with Showtime. Then, there was a negotiation
issue, and David Lynch allegedly dropped out of the project, and many
of the fans (as well as some of the actors) said that it just couldn't
happen without him.
Lynch came back on board, and it was eventually revealed that we were
indeed getting at least a third season, that eighteen new episodes had
been filmed, and that the series would answer at least some of the
questions that the fans had chewed on for over half a century.
Peaks" was a major factor in my life. I own all
three DVD sets, as well as the ten-disc Blu-Ray set, along with posters,
numerous T-shirts, the books (including the quite-rare My Life,
My Tapes - an "autobiography" of Agent Cooper), the soundtracks
to the series and the film on "damn fine coffee" and "cherry
pie" coloured vinyl, a strictly-limited silkscreened art print
that hangs on my wall at my "day job," and even a fan-designed
"Black Lodge Coffee" travel mug.
[Okay, so she was a year off. I'm not going to
gripe about it.]
never drink black coffee or eat cherry pie without thinking of this
wonderfully bizarre, campy, beautiful series, and the character of Agent
Cooper, who made me feel like a bit less of an outcast, a bit less hopeless
in my "quirkiness." I can legitimately say that I love
tonight, after twenty-six looooong years of waiting and two
years of eagerly knowing that "it's happening again," I will
finally be able to watch the first episode (actually, the first two!)
of season three of "Twin Peaks."