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.
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
This series is notorious for having one of the most torrid productions in television history. Though a major cult phenomenon and a ratings smash in the first year, the series was abruptly canceled in its second season. Both Mark Frost and David Lynch attribute this to ABC's constant changing of the show's time slot, as well as the network insisting that the murderer of Laura Palmer be revealed. Lynch also was unable to focus his full attention on the show in its second year, as he was promoting Wild at Heart (1990) at the time. After the Palmer murder was solved, ratings plummeted, and though Lynch returned to the series full time with the intention of further exploring the origins of Laura's killer, ABC canceled the series. The cable network BRAVO then tried to revive the show, even hiring 'David Lynch' to film new scenes for episodes in syndication. Still, audience interest waned. Despite the release of the tie-in feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), high sales on DVD and several fan attempts to revive the series, David Lynch spent many years refuting any rumors of a follow-up, but in October 2014, it was announced that he and 'Mark Frost' would return to the show for a limited series on Showtime, with the duo writing and Lynch directing every episode. See more »
The fact that there was a year's gap between the filming of the pilot episode and the first season's episode is evident in the different hairstyles sported by some of the cast. Although only a night is meant to have passed between the episodes, James Hurley, Sheriff Truman, and Deputy Brennan all have shorter haircuts by the next day. Donna Hayward, Catherine Martell and Audrey Horne (in particular) all have noticeably longer hair by the next day. 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 »
A brilliant escape from reality; what TV shows should aspire to be
If you get a chance to watch Twin Peaks now, and I highly recommend that you do, it may seem strange that such a show was ever on TV at all. This is because most of television is so bland and boring and repetitious while TP is fresh and original and effective. And eerily frightening. I have watched the complete series about 3 times, but the first time was the most memorable, as I screened all 29 episodes in around 4 days. I emerged from this trance completely in the show's spell and began to notice pictures of owls and references to coffee with intense interest. The point is the show can take you completely into its reality; part of this relies on the fact that each episode built on the one before it, and it is necessary to see the previous one to make sense of the next. While this might not have been ideal for network ratings, it is perfect for becoming hooked on the entire series. There are great characters sprinkled throughout, my favorites being: Ben and Audrey Horne, Leland Palmer, and of course Coop, but really they're all interesting. BOB is completely frightening, as is the incredibly bleak final episode which is also, in a way, ideal to ensure the series' cult status. Still, the final episode must be appreciated with some distance; it's likely to initially anger a viewer after all that had come before. I think the episodes that Lynch actually directed do stand out as the best. A couple of the subplots in the second season are misjudged, but the finale makes up for them and throws the show back into the hinterlands of TV surrealism. Although parts, and only parts, of the subsequent movie "Fire Walk with Me" are good, the real spirit and brilliance of the show lies within the episodes. Watch them to get a sense of true mystery, and then you can ask,
"Do you see creamed corn on that plate?"
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