What will it be like to go back, 25 years on?
Yesterday, weirdness's number one auteur David Lynch announced that he's going back to a very famous town. According to Deadline , Twin Peaks will return with a nine-episode series on cable network Showtime in 2016, just in time for 25th anniversary of end off the show's run. Creators Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce the whole lot, with Lynch directing every episode.
This is clearly massive news, as Twin Peaks was one of the most important genre shows ever. So what do the SFX team think about going back? Our verdicts, after a day to digest the news and some generous helpings of cherry pie, are below.
I'm doubtful it'll capture the peculiar tone of the original. And, frankly, I hope they leave more loose ends untied than there were before -- that's basically the point, isn't it? All that said, though, modern production techniques and fresh eyes might mean the return of Twin Peaks is something very special.
25 years ago, Twin Peaks was groundbreaking, both in terms of its tone and in the way it teased out a TV story arc. Even today, series are being compared to it - I've heard people describe Wayward Pines and even Broadchurch as echoing Twin Peaks' sensibilities. I will 100% be watching the new series – although given that I still have nightmares about BOB (climbing towards the camera over the living room furniture was particularly creepy) I do fear for my sanity.
Well, that was wonderfully unexpected... Twin Peaks felt so much of its time (as anything genuinely groundbreaking inevitably does) that it'll be fascinating to see if Lynch can conjure that magic again. Stale slice of cherry pie? Or welcome refill of Coop's favourite coffee, "black as midnight on a moonless night"?
In the final episode of season two Laura Palmer tells Coop "I'll see you again in 25 years". Whether Lynch and Frost planned this all along or not it's damn fine news. It's a huge shame the likes of Frank Silva (BOB) and Don Davis (Major Briggs) can't be part of "season three", as they no doubt would have been, but I couldn't be more excited. Fire up the percolator.
It's a dangerous game going back to a show so beloved and talked about, but Twin Peaks isn't like other TV series, so David Lynch and Mark Snow might just pull it off – especially as the original creative talent being back means that it doesn't just feel like a cynical cash-in from a TV company. Besides, I have a feeling that Lynch might have been planning this all along.