Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kyle MacLachlan on returning to 'Twin Peaks' after decades

Kyle MacLachlan on returning to 'Twin Peaks' after decades

Is this trip worth the wait?

And just like that unlikely second act, we've been granted another welcome second coming 25 years later: a third season of Twin Peaks, premiering May 21 on Showtime.

Looking back at how the music of Twin Peaks came together, the most surprising thing about it is how much of its fate hinged on a simple financial hurdle.

For years, "Twin Peaks" was available only on VHS, minus its original two-hour pilot, locked up in a rights dispute involving a European film version and available only as a bootleg.

And don't get me started on 1992's "Fire Walk With Me", a movie prequel that reunited most of the series cast and featured a drug orgy and a cameo by David Bowie, not at the same time. My, how times have changed.

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He has said he always loved the world of "Twin Peaks", created with Mark Frost, who returns as collaborator and also published a book, "The Secret History of Twin Peaks", last fall. It purposefully undid every tiresome convention of TV storytelling at the time - linear plotting, neat conclusions, flat atmospherics.

After the show ended with nearly a dozen unresolved plot lines and a prequel movie (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me) that raised even more questions, it didn't seem like we'd ever get a chance to revisit that sleepy, haunted town.

Well, there are two possible explanations. The first is the one that sets off alarm bells with TV critics.

But still, "Twin Peaks" was a key turning point in the art of scripted TV, with a giant cult of fans who are still plumbing its meanings.

A sort of cross between The Thorn Birds, I, Daniel Blake, and The Jeremy Kyle Show, Broken stars Sean Bean as a down-to-earth and excessively cool Roman Catholic priest in a deprived neighbourhood, and Anna Friel is his hard-pressed "Broken Britain" parishioner, single-mum and symbol of all that is wrong with Theresa May's Britain. Nowadays, binge-watching the show on Netflix or Blu-ray, one could skip through that long intro - but Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor never does. Note that the last three listed are Showtime series.

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The Log Lady once said, "One day, my log will have something to say about this". Maybe Lynch and his team were anxious that advance screenings would mean an army of spoiler-minded posters saying, "My blog will have something to say about this".

Yes indeed. The show's original creator and director and all-round visionary genius is firmly at the helm, though it's fair to say it was touch and go for a while there. You got the feeling you could do anything. I'm opting for sensational. It won't matter if Showtime's Twin Peaks revival brings in record viewership numbers because Twin Peaks is already one of 2017's biggest hits. After its cancellation, the idea of "Twin Peaks" preyed on network executives' minds, if only to avoid being suckered in by shows that burned brightly for a short time but lacked the wherewithal to survive beyond that initial spark.

There is a straight line here, starting almost 60 years ago in "The Twilight Zone" and leading to the fantasy, horror and science-fiction shows of today. And, make no mistake, that line runs directly through "Twin Peaks". But we do know that it's David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti. In May 2015, Lynch and Showtime president David Nevins announced the start of preproduction, adding that the limited series was expanding from the initial vision of nine episodes.

Picking up 25 years after the inhabitants of the small northwestern town were stunned by the murder of their homecoming queen, Laura Palmer, it also features such new cast members as Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jim Belushi, Amy Shiels, Robert Knepper, Richard Chamberlain, Josh McDermitt, Tim Roth and Chrysta Bell. That's good advice as we reenter "Twin Peaks" under cover of darkness. His reflection is of BOB and that's the way the original series ends.

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