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
The pilot received so much positive buzz that it may have inspired a homage before it even aired. A story arc of the series Wiseguy centered around a number of murders in a small town in Washington state and even featured a sheriff who cries at the discovery of a dead body. The town's name was Lynchboro. See more »
Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth / As when one cutteth wood upon the earth / But mine eyes are unto thee, O God The Lord: / In thee is my trust, leave not me / Keep me from the snares they have laid for me / And the gins of the workers of iniquity / Let the wicked fall into their own nets / Whilst that I withal escape.
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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 »
Recent home media releases have removed the SPELLING logo from in-between the end credits and the Lynch/Frost Productions logo. This has caused the distinctive fall into the low-motif portion of the end credit theme ('Laura Palmer's Theme') during Season 1 to be lost, albeit it is partly retained in Season 2 due to the end credits being slightly extended and the low-motif portion beginning just as the credits section ends, rather than after. See more »
I still remember the night it premiered... and being mesmerized by the opening
The opening credits and music grabbed me right away. That sad, cool, reflective music. The log being cut in the mill. The bird.
This is a show that you know, as you are watching it, that it is special and destined to become a classic. What a wonderful memory. One of my favorite moments in the first episode is Andy crying, and later telling the girl not to tell the sheriff. It really brought humanity to Laura's death.
Can't wait to one day own the whole series on DVD, and one summer night, start watching the episodes one by one.
Another amazing aspect of the opening episode is the many types of characters and settings involved, just within the town of Twin Peaks. The school, the lodge, the sheriff office, the lake, the railroad tracks. It was almost as if several shows and genres were evident in one episode. Something for everyone. But it still tied together so amazingly.
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