IT... IS... HAPPENING... AGAIN.
October 18, 2016 10:44 PM   Subscribe

ShowTime has released a teaser video for the new season of Twin Peaks, with cast members describing their experience on set. There is no firm release date yet, however. Mark Frost's Secret History of Twin Peaks was also released today. It is a detailed account of the world that surrounds the show, and may tide you over until we finally get to see what Coop has been up to in the 25 year hiatus since the end of the show. A large, large number of previouslies await your perusal.
posted by codacorolla (44 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
 
In such a quotable show, who would have guessed that the most meaningful line would turn out to be Laura's from the Red Room: I’ll see you again in twenty-five years.

You're a sly one, Mr. Lynch.
posted by rokusan at 11:02 PM on October 18, 2016 [10 favorites]


I was hoping for an animated spin-off: Toon Peaks.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:06 PM on October 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Pleasedontfuckitup
posted by GallonOfAlan at 12:05 AM on October 19, 2016 [4 favorites]


Very excited. And it just has to be better than the X-Files reboot. The original was far superior. Fingers crossed!

I've seen the first season and a half a dozen times. Maybe more. I may even bake a pie in honor of the reboot.
posted by persona au gratin at 12:50 AM on October 19, 2016


Lynch and Frost wrote all episodes of the sequel, with Lynch directing. Production wrapped earlier this year after lensing in Los Angeles and Washington state.

That sounds promising. I hope Frost brings Lynch's game back up to where it was back then.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:54 AM on October 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Guess that gum you like is finally coming back in style.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:27 AM on October 19, 2016 [9 favorites]


Whenever I remember a reboot of twin peaks is coming I positively hum with vibrations of pure joy.
posted by Dressed to Kill at 5:44 AM on October 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


And it just has to be better than the X-Files reboot.

We need a higher bar than that.
posted by aught at 6:01 AM on October 19, 2016 [5 favorites]


♪ Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wooden shoe ♫

posted by farlukar at 6:03 AM on October 19, 2016 [4 favorites]


Per Wikipedia, Sherilyn Fenn will be back, too.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:11 AM on October 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Per Wikipedia, Sherilyn Fenn will be back, too.
In one piece?
posted by stevis23 at 6:21 AM on October 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


I haven't been following this closely, so I'm thrilled to see Miguel Ferrer, whose agent Albert Rosenfield had my favorite speech in the entire series. (stay for Kyle MacLachlan's great kicker line.) And Sherilyn Fenn? Really? Looks like Showtime will be taking my money.
posted by martin q blank at 6:28 AM on October 19, 2016 [8 favorites]


After this, I hope Lynch gets back to feature films - - it's been a decade since the underrated Inland Empire.
posted by fairmettle at 6:43 AM on October 19, 2016 [6 favorites]


I recently attempted a rewatch of Twin Peaks with my husband and found that actually it's kind of unwatchable to me now. I don't know what happened. Teenaged me got together with friends to watch it every week over pie and coffee. Adult me just bounced right off of it.
posted by soren_lorensen at 6:46 AM on October 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


There's also "Diane" The Twin Peaks Tapes Of Agent Cooper, which is a gem.
posted by Catblack at 6:48 AM on October 19, 2016 [2 favorites]




I'm all about this Twin Peaks re-up! Favorite Twin Peaks moment for me was/is Coop reciting the Tibetan instructions for consciousness ejection like a boss and basically forgiving Leland for all his atrocities. That's one thing I always prized about the show - and about Lynch's work in general (however conflicted I might feel about TM as a cult or corporate brainwash technique) - the way a weird ersatz Vedic-Buddhist optimism and compassion are threaded into a storyline that is at times unsettlingly cthonic and demonic. Still can't believe this was ever on actual t.v...
posted by Bob Regular at 7:10 AM on October 19, 2016 [7 favorites]


My partner is currently doing her first watch of it, and as you might have guessed the show is even harder to make sense of when you're only watching about 15 minutes of each episode over someone's shoulder. I'm pretty excited for this, though. I don't think this creative team feels as beholden to fan expectations as Christ Carter et al
posted by lownote at 7:19 AM on October 19, 2016


Ah, Twin Peaks...one great season, and one season where Josie turned into a doorknob. I guess it's exciting for fans of the show, which I was, but I'd really rather we start embracing the weird, original stuff that folks could make instead of revisiting a 25-year-old property that kind of fizzled out under its own weight after a magnificent first season.
posted by xingcat at 7:27 AM on October 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


In the olden days, many of us had stopped watching commercial TV almost entirely. And then in 1986 Pee-Wee's Playhouse appeared on the television set one Saturday morning and we said Lo, this is truly an unprecedented moment in history! And but a few years later, rumors spread about the director of Eraserhead being given a slot on prime time TV and we said to ourselves: How can this be so? Do the gods of commercial networks know of us? And in 1990 we were greatly pleased.

True, some friends in the teachers' lounge made fun of me for watching such weird shit, but most of them watched it, too. I haven't re-watched it; I seldom watch a movie twice, and never a TV show. But at the time, Twin Peaks was a revelation. It would be nice if the reboot had the frisson today that the original version had at the time. Now, though, it would have to be pretty subversively weird for that to be the case.
posted by kozad at 7:30 AM on October 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'd really rather we start embracing the weird, original stuff that folks could make instead of revisiting a 25-year-old property that kind of fizzled out under its own weight after a magnificent first season.

That certainly seems to be the conventional wisdom with Twin Peaks, but that ignores the more complex truth about the second season: It only fizzled when Lynch and Frost stepped away from the show after the resolution of the Laura Palmer case, and it came spectacularly back to life when they came back for the finale. That's why people are excited for the new show: It's going to be familiar yet new, with the full participation of the creators who made the original great.
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:39 AM on October 19, 2016 [5 favorites]


the only revisit to a show that would excite me as much would be a return to 'Freaks and Geeks'...
posted by judson at 7:49 AM on October 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Per Wikipedia, Sherilyn Fenn will be back, too.

I'm not surprised -- she and Dan Ashbrook have been in all the Twin Peaks satires -- but I will be curious as to what this looks like. Because there was a post-Twin Peaks plot for Feen. She was going to leave Twin Peaks and go to Hollywood, and that's what eventually became Muholland Drive. In fact, I think she did go. I think you see her on her way in Wild At Heart, and has a crash, which is that scene in which Fenn is wandering around a crash site with a head wound.

And then I think she arrived as Laura Harring, who had likewise been in a crash and was suffering the results of brain trauma.

So I will be curious to see if the story picks up from there, or if Lynch just decides that that wasn't what happened to Audrey Horne.
posted by maxsparber at 8:08 AM on October 19, 2016 [4 favorites]


The problem with Twin Peaks is that it was still very much in the era of television when, with the exception of relatively short-lived miniseries, shows were presumed to go on until the network decided to cancel them. (An exception were the Star Trek spinoff series, which ran a maximum of seven seasons; that may have been simply because that was the point at which the stars became unaffordable, but it did keep the individual shows from becoming too stale, generally.) If Twin Peaks had been allowed to let the Laura Palmer arc play out, take a break, and then come back with a new arc, as many shows do now, it would have avoided becoming the sort of prime-time soap opera that it formerly parodied.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:23 AM on October 19, 2016


Laura Palmer's Theme. That low, menacing synthesizer that sits like night time fog all over the track, and the way the piano just seems to rise out of it, all minor chords under a mournful melody like a broken bird trying to take flight, only to sink back down into the darkness of that synthesizer again.

The way they deployed that over and over again on Twin Peaks, there's never been a more effective moment in television.
posted by rocketman at 8:32 AM on October 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


Angelo Badalamenti on the Twin Peaks Love Theme.

I love this show so much.
posted by defenestration at 8:35 AM on October 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


the only revisit to a show that would excite me as much would be a return to 'Freaks and Geeks'...

I agree in principle. The tricky part is that Freaks and Geeks was such a snapshot of its setting. It aired seventeen years ago, and a revisit with the characters aging as their actors do would now involve Sam, Lindsay, Daniel and the rest in the fall of 1997... talking about the recent death of Princess Diana? Lamenting the departure of Bill Berry from R.E.M.? Seeing Titanic?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:37 AM on October 19, 2016


Here's a better quality version of the video I just posted. And I guess it should be noted Love Theme == Laura Palmer's Theme.

Another thing I'm psyched about is seeing Sharon Van Etten on the cast list of this new season. She is a phenomenal artist and singer and I cannot wait to see what role she will play.
posted by defenestration at 8:43 AM on October 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


I have to schedule a re-watch of the original. I'm actually excited for that - I haven't watched any of it in years but I was a huge fan. Maybe, like, Thanksgiving weekend or something.
posted by dnash at 8:48 AM on October 19, 2016


I just binge watched Twin Peaks with Mr Gadgetenvy this year. We both loved it. We are excited for the new show but will have to wait for the DVDs. No cable at the Gadgetenvy household.
Also, I want to gush a little about the music from the show. When the theme song plays over the opening credit I get goose bumps! It is the best music I have ever heard from a tv show.
posted by Gadgetenvy at 9:09 AM on October 19, 2016


Ah, Twin Peaks...one great season, and one season where Josie turned into a doorknob. I guess it's exciting for fans of the show, which I was, but I'd really rather we start embracing the weird, original stuff that folks could make instead of revisiting a 25-year-old property that kind of fizzled out under its own weight after a magnificent first season.

If it helps, you could think of this as David Lynch's first time behind the camera in a decade, and potentially one of the final things he ever makes. Unlike the CBS show, this is almost entirely his project.
posted by codacorolla at 9:10 AM on October 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Also, I want to gush a little about the music from the show. When the theme song plays over the opening credit I get goose bumps! It is the best music I have ever heard from a tv show.

Yeah, there are a couple tracks that were from the show and also Julee Cruise's first album that are even now in my morning wake-up playlist.
posted by dnash at 9:19 AM on October 19, 2016


I have to call bullshit on the "second season sucks" conventional wisdom. The final episode is one of the most incredible hours of television ever produced.
posted by vibrotronica at 9:41 AM on October 19, 2016 [7 favorites]


I've been hearing a lot of the old guard in Hollywood can't get funding anymore. Lynch, one of our best, cannot get funding. Spielberg, his last one didn't do well, is having a hard time with funding. It's kinda insane to me the best filmmakers of that generation cannot get funding.

Lynch's last movie, the above mentioned Inland Empire, was self-funded as I understand it.
posted by Strange_Robinson at 9:44 AM on October 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


I remember I was seriously upset that season two ended with Cooper possessed by BOB. So I'm excited to see what they do with that in the new series.
posted by dnash at 10:03 AM on October 19, 2016


Please stop saying this may be the final thing David Lynch makes. That is way too sad for me to consider. :(
posted by defenestration at 10:04 AM on October 19, 2016


The final episode is one of the most incredible hours of television ever produced.

Well, incredible 40 minutes, plus 20 minutes of the old banker walking from one side of the bank to the other.
posted by maxsparber at 10:58 AM on October 19, 2016 [6 favorites]


I have to call bullshit on the "second season sucks" conventional wisdom. The final episode is one of the most incredible hours of television ever produced.

People also forget that S01 ended with Cooper getting shot mid-investigation, with little forward traction on the Laura Palmer murder. The reveal of the true killer and the confession/death of of the same (not to spoil things for any TP newbs that may happen upon this thread) all happened during S02, and it's absolutely as satisfying as anything in S01. The real dead zone only came up during the back half of S02 as the show veered into pure soap territory, and then picked up with the (admittedly less satisfying) Windom Earle plotline before closing with THAT. ENDING.
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:59 AM on October 19, 2016


I will say, I like a lot of the season 2 stuff. The Twin Peaks fashion show that collapses into chaos thanks to the pine weasel attack, Dick Tremayne, the solemn strangeness of Diane Keaton's direction. The season was extremely scattered, but there is a lot to enjoy.
posted by maxsparber at 11:26 AM on October 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


BTW, for anybody who's inspired to rewatch the original show before the new one comes out, a bunch of us here in the thread (myself included) did a full-series rewatch on FanFare over the course of four months in 2014. Lotsa great comments and observations in those threads, even during the less-eventful episodes in S02.
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:23 PM on October 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Last year we finally got around to watching the poorly-reviewed 1992 film 'Fire Walk With Me'. I liked the Felliniesque first act in FBI HQ with the quirky jazz music. I didn't like the intense violence in the second act.

Yeah, Angelo Badalamenti's soundtracks are significant in setting the mood for David Lynch's work.
posted by ovvl at 3:33 PM on October 19, 2016


Yeah, Angelo Badalamenti's soundtracks are significant in setting the mood for David Lynch's work.

They are collaborators.
posted by rocketman at 9:04 AM on October 20, 2016


Last year we finally got around to watching the poorly-reviewed 1992 film 'Fire Walk With Me'. I liked the Felliniesque first act in FBI HQ with the quirky jazz music. I didn't like the intense violence in the second act.

I really like FWWM, but can see how the second act (that focuses on the reality of Laura's life) would turn you off. I've always seen it as Lynch, frustrated with the structural problems of network TV, deciding to take the Twin Peaks "girl in trouble" story to its logical conclusion. The movie does start with a TV being smashed, after all. Although we get a whimsical, PNW small town slice of life as part of Twin Peaks, the reality of what Laura's life must have been like is indeed quite hellish. It's easy to get caught up in the quirky murder mystery part of TP and ignore Laura as a realistic character.

That makes me wonder what sort of tone the new series will have.
posted by codacorolla at 9:14 AM on October 20, 2016


I'm ready! Please don't let it suck.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:29 PM on October 20, 2016


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