Peaks view­ing: past is pre­lude

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television - Twin Peaks,

It may be su­per­flu­ous to warn you that we are about to dis­cuss de­tails that aired on tele­vi­sion more than 25 years ago, but still. If you are pre­serv­ing an am­bi­tion to watch Twin Peaks at some time in the fu­ture, look away now. (And con­grat­u­la­tions if you have re­cently re­watched the whole se­ries, as I and many oth­ers have.)

Of course we still know pre­cious lit­tle about the up­com­ing con­tin­u­a­tion se­ries. (No media pre­views; the sus­pense is killing me.) We do know the con­ceit hinges on when Laura Palmer’s dop­pel­ganger (Sh­eryl Lee) in the Black Lodge tells spe­cial agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLach­lan) in a vi­sion: “I’ll see you again in 25 years.”

Pub­lic­ity posters have promi­nently fea­tured the phrase from the show: “It’s hap­pen­ing again.” Plus we have the re­cently re­leased trailer. It shows a stair­case (much like the one fea­tured in Laura Palmer’s old house) and a car­a­van in the woods. Then we see an in­tense young man and Twin Peaks an old video cam­era. We see deputy Andy (Harry Goaz), Lucy (Kimmy Robert­son) and, fi­nally, Cooper driv­ing around.

I would ar­gue Cooper’s fate is the pre-em­i­nent ques­tion. Across 30 episodes, he was raised up as the paragon of Amer­i­can manly virtues — fear­less, in­tel­li­gent and chival­rous. So in the fi­nale of sea­son two, when he was pos­sessed by the de­monic spirit Bob — the ul­ti­mate killer of Laura Palmer — and was seen head­but­ting a mir­ror and cack­ling madly with blood stream­ing down his face, it was both shock­ing and tragic.

So, is Cooper him­self? Or is he still Bob? Is he the hero or the vil­lain, or per­haps both?

Mon­day brings the two-part pre­miere at 2pm, fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by parts three and four. Af­ter a one-week hia­tus, the show re­turns weekly from June 5 for a to­tal of 18 episodes. stream­ing on Stan from Mon­day.

Kyle MacLach­lan re­turns as Dale Cooper in

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