Peaks viewing: past is prelude
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