Twin Peaks obsessives such as myself are rejoicing at the news that a newly remastered Blu-Ray version of the show has been released and is available on Amazon for purchase. Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery includes just about everything connected to the groundbreaking show: The perfect, shoulda stopped while they were ahead Season 1, Season 2 (aka The Season Frost and Lynch Lost Interest, Then Came Back At The Last Possible Second). It also includes the 1992 movie prequel Fire Walk With Me. According to this article on vulture.com, there’s an additional 90 minutes of footage from the movie that helps it fit better into the overall story. Plus some behind-the-scenes goodies and long lost additions and new interviews with Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, and others.
When Twin Peaks first aired in 1990, it became an instant cult favorite and critical smash after airing just seven episodes. “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” became the new “Who Shot JR?” way before Rosie Larson was ever conceived, and the show has gone on to be named one of the Top 100 of all time by TV Guide and Time Magazine. Back then I devoured everything I could get my hands on about the show and David Lynch, the odd, brilliant genius who co-created the show. I went to extreme lengths to find Eraserhead, Dune, Industrial Syphony No. 1, Wild At Heart, and Blue Velvet; read The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes (written by Frost’s son), along with every magazine article that may have even mentioned Lynch or Twin Peaks, and still have some of the Angriest Dog in the World comics cut from the weekly alternative paper.
Twin Peaks is arguably Lynch’s most accessible creation, a quirky, off-kilter whodunit set in a small Washington town populated by a bizarre cast of characters. Who could forget the Log Lady, the Man From Another Place dancing in the red room of Agent Cooper’s fever dream, The Bookhouse Boys, Deputy Andy, Ben Horne and his daughter Audrey, Josie Packard, Leland Palmer and Catherine Martell? One of my favorite parts of the show was the somewhat cheesy, over-the-top soap opera the characters of Twin Peaks watched called Invitation To Love, which provided commentary and at times mirrored what was going on in the show itself. But perhaps the most enduring love i have for the show is the opening credits, a gorgeously shot three minute languid introduction set to the show’s main theme by Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalementi:
The show’s second season provides probably the strongest case ever for why not all shows should be open-ended, and sadly was cancelled just as it had regained some of the magic of season one when Lynch returned to direct the finale, where the demon BOB possess Agent Cooper. I’m stoked to see the additional movie footage in the Fire Walk With Me prequel which made little sense in the theatre, but also to binge the entire series for the first time in 25 years.
Perhaps the show’s most important legacy is how it continues to influence new shows. Many shows’ DNA can be traced back to Twin Peaks, including Lost, The Killing, Rubicon, Fargo, True Detective and many more. its reach has truly been extraordinary and will no doubt continue.
Any other Twin Peaks obsessives out there? Let your freak flag fly in the comments below!