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.

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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.

BOW­ING OUT

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.

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