After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
The body of a young girl (Laura Palmer) is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul. Written by
Kyle MacLachlan refused to further develop the storyline about his character Dale Cooper's relationship with Audrey Horne ( Sherilyn Fenn), resulting in the writers having to abruptly change and add several second season story lines. As originally scripted, Audrey Horne would have been the one kidnapped by Windom Earle and taken to the Black Lodge in the series finale; the characters of Justice Wheeler and Annie were written in specifically to give Dale and Audrey "appropriate" love interests. At the time, the relationship between Cooper and Audrey was heavily publicized in TV Guide and other entertainment magazines, akin to the press given to later TV "power couples" (such as Mike and Susan of Desperate Housewives). The move alienated audiences and caused a further decline in the show's already suffering ratings. At the time, Kyle MacLachlan attributed his insistence to a belief that the morally upright Cooper would not date an underage girl; however, Audrey was a high school senior who, in the time line of the series, would have graduated in one to two months, and in fact was not "underage"-- in Washington state, the age of consent is sixteen, and Audrey is seventeen in the pilot. Crew members who would later attend the annual Twin Peaks convention would recall that MacLachlan was pressured into the decision by his then-girlfriend, Lara Flynn Boyle, who did not want her boyfriend sharing love scenes with Fenn, with whom Boyle did not get along on set. See more »
In the first season, Doc Hayward reveals that the blood in the Leo's shirt is a "rare type AB-", and says that this is Jacques Renault's blood type. In the second season premiere, when Albert Rosenfield and Cooper explain Laura's murder, they say that the blood of the killer is "AB-, not of Ronnette, Leo or Jacques". See more »
There are some episodes that don't end with the usual Homecoming Queen photo of Laura Palmer and "Laura Palmer's Theme" in the credits: Episode 2 credits feature the Little Man from Another Place seen from above and dancing. Episode 8 features Gersten Hayward (Alicia Witt) playing the piano. Episode 14 shows Agent Cooper, the red curtains and the song "The World Spins" by Julee Cruise. Episode 18 features Ben Horne's old home movies seen in this same episode. Episode 29 features the coffee cup given to Cooper in the Red Room and Laura's face on it. See more »
This is the order in which you should watch Twin Peaks
1. The pilot (aka the first episode of the series).
90 minutes. This was filmed in 1989 but aired on TV in April 1990 along with the rest of the first season as a mid-season replacement. When they shot this episode, it was uncertain that it was going to be a series, so Warner Bros demanded that they came up with an ending to it so they could sell it as a direct-to-video film in Europe. It is now known as the European version of the pilot. It has about 20 minutes of footage that's not in the TV version. If you're going to see the series, do NOT see the European version. The rest of the series continues after the TV version. (Some of the scenes in the European version was put in the series' second episode).
2. The first season (7 episodes aka episode 1-7).
45 minutes each. Aired along with the pilot in 1990.
3. The second season (22 episodes aka episode 8-29).
Episode 8: 90 minutes. Episodes 9-29: 45 minutes each. Aired 1990-1991. The whole series (pilot, season 1, season 2 and the European version of the pilot) is now available in a 10-disc DVD box set.
4. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
130 minutes. A movie made as a prequel to the series. People tend to think that they should see this first, but as it was made and released a year after the final episode aired on TV, you should see this after you've seen the series. Two reasons:
1) there are MAJOR spoilers in this movie. You'd ruin most of the series.
2) you won't understand anything of what's going on if you haven't seen the series first.
Released in 1992, this is available on at least R1 and R2. I recommend R1 because this is the best release yet. A french R2 version is soon to come with (maybe) an hour worth of deleted scenes. If this is true, then it's a joyous time for "peakers" around the world. It would be the first time since 1992 the world gets to see "new" twin peaks material.
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