Sci-fi special: Twin Peaks reboot
The sleepy town of Twin Peaks is alive and just as freaky as the season-3 reboot heads our way.
Season 3 Tuesdays (from 23 May) M-Net (*101) 21:30 & 22:30
It’s a classic and in many ways Twin Peaks set the barometer for TV series to come. And if you never saw the first two seasons that aired in 1990 and 1991, we suggest you get your hands on the 30 episodes faster than you can say murder-mystery-supernatural-freakiness.
“Season 2 ended with a prophecy: a murder victim’s ghost foretold: ‘I’ll see you in 25 years’,” says David Lynch, who not only played the FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole but is also the co- creator and exec producer of the original series.
Now, 25 years later, fans will find out what those words meant when the series reboot airs in an 18- episode third season that we’ve been waiting a quarter of a century for. It’s just like Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) once said to his voice recorder: “The trail narrows, Diane [his nickname for his dictaphone]. I’m close, but the last few steps are always the darkest and most difficult.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Series 1 started when homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) was found dead, wrapped in plastic and tied up. Laura’s back for season 3, possibly haunting obsessive FBI Agent Cooper (Kyle is also repri-sing his role). Dale was called to investigate the murder in season 1 and he soon discovered that the town of Twin Peaks was filled with some pretty weird people. There was a red-suited dancing dwarf who spoke backwards, The Log Lady (Catherine E Coulson had finished filming her scenes before passing away in 2014) who spoke to a log, as well as an evil entity named Killer Bob (Frank Silva) who got the residents of Twin Peaks to kill Laura before they were driven insane.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This new third season is set in the present and picks up where season 2 ended: Dale being possessed by an evil spirit. “It focuses on the fate of Agent Cooper now,” explains David. “There will also be “darkness and scariness,” adds David Nevins, the president of production network Showtime who gave the greenlight for the reboot. “It’s funny, it’s shocking and it’s occasionally violent. The new Twin Peaks is the pure heroin of [creative genius] David Lynch!”
LOOK WHO’S BACK
The new season has a cast of 217 and that includes returning cast members like Kyle and Sheryl. Also wondering back to Twin Peaks are transgender FBI Agent Denise Bryson (David Duchovny, Fox Mulder in sci-fi show The X-Files, 1993- current), as well as the late Miguel Ferrer as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield, a cynical forensic analyst who works with Agent Cooper. Like Log Lady actress Catherine E Coulson, Miguel (who’d played assistant director Owen Granger on action show NCIS: Los Angeles from 2012) had filmed his scenes before he passed away in January 2017.
One thing fans of the original will miss is musician-actor David Bowie reprising his role as FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries. “It was planned,” explains David Lynch. “But unfortunately David passed away [in January 2016] before we could get it finalised.”
The murder mystery continues as old and new faces take centre stage.
Don’t be fooled by the quaint sign – Twin Peaks is a troubled town.