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Twin Peaks is back and David Lynch re­quires your full at­ten­tion

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Cult favourite Twin Peaks makes its highly an­tic­i­pated re­turn. This is ev­ery­thing you need to know.

Cre­ated by David Lynch and Mark Frost and pre­mier­ing in 1990, Twin Peaks was a tele­vi­sion su­per­nova. It burned bright and fast, ral­ly­ing a de­voted fan fol­low­ing in just eight episodes. But its ap­peal faded af­ter a way­ward sec­ond sea­son, with the can­cel­la­tion blamed on the fact that net­work ex­ec­u­tives pushed Lynch and Frost to solve the se­ries’ cen­tral mys­tery – who killed homecoming queen Laura Palmer? – just a third of the way into sea­son two. De­spite be­ing axed, the show would go on to gain cult sta­tus. Now, the ques­tion “Have you seen Twin

Peaks?” is as much an en­quiry as it is a chal­lenge to the person an­swer­ing to prove they’re hip enough to un­der­stand this is not just any old TV show; this is art. Like col­lect­ing vinyl or read­ing Miranda July, watch­ing Twin Peaks is a univer­sal sig­ni­fier of cool. Twenty-six years af­ter its cliffhang­ing con­clu­sion, and fol­low­ing the May 22 pre­miere of the much-an­tic­i­pated new sea­son, we’ve reached peak Twin Peaks.

At Lynch’s be­hest, the cur­rent sea­son is air­ing in weekly, one-hour in­cre­ments, in a call back to the way we used to watch TV. Tech­ni­cally, we’ll be stream­ing it, but not be­ing able to binge­watch it over a week­end means Twin Peaks will be the sub­ject of in­tense scru­tiny at your home or of­fice for the next few months. Open your so­cial-me­dia feed right now and we guar­an­tee you’ll see an im­age, ar­ti­cle or sta­tus up­date point­ing to the fact that you should stop wast­ing time with @daquan memes and turn your full at­ten­tion to­wards the pop-cul­ture mo­ment un­furl­ing in front of your eyes. Con­sider this, if noth­ing else, a heads up.

Twin Peaks is air­ing now on Stan

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