Although I have been known to review movies and occasionally a single episode of a popular sitcom, this
will be my first time reviewing a whole TV series. I am becoming increasingly fascinated by the works of
It has been rumored that “Twin Peaks,” a short-lived series created by David Lynch in the early nineties,
is going to be making a comeback with a long-awaited Season 3. There is a movie connected to the
series that I also plan to review, but before we can discuss the highly anticipated new season, and
before we can understand or appreciate the movie, let’s first look at the season that started it all.
“Twin Peaks” is bizarrely brilliant and dripping with pure imagination and complex storytelling.
I’m the Ranting Usher. Let me talk you to your seat.
Who killed Laura Palmer?
That question disturbs a small community in Washington State, serving as a strong MacGuffin.
The main protagonist, FBI Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, is summoned to investigate the
circumstances surrounding Laura Palmer’s death.
Cooper paints each episode with charismatic colors.
“I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it.
Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of
good, hot, black coffee.”
Agent Cooper introduces a dream element containing some of the most uniquely directed sequences to
appear on television. He is given future predictions by a wise giant and even fed riddles by a dancing
dwarf, practically a human Yoda. Observe the clip below and immerse yourself into the genius that is
Convinced that Laura Palmer’s murder mystery wasn’t intriguing enough on its own, even with all its
twists and turns, David Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost broadened the show’s horizons to include
multiple subplots. The show keeps viewers guessing and shivering in icy suspense.
“Twin Peaks” presents an eclectic ensemble. The characters each have their own special quirks. Click
here for a clip of Leland Palmer, Laura’s father.
As if the series isn’t mind-bending enough, viewers are challenged on both a moral and
psychological level. Many of the characters either engage in or are the victims of love
triangles, lending a soap opera theme to create even more drama. Triangle A, which we
discover during the ongoing investigation, transpired between Laura Palmer, the guilty
party suspected of taking her life, and her boyfriend James. That kicks off Triangle B
between James and Laura’s best-friend Donna. What a way to cherish the memory of the
Triangle C occurs between Leo, a repeat offender who suffers from severe anger-
management issues, his wife Shelly, and emo miscreant Bobby Briggs.
Other subplots revolving around Laura Palmer, some of them other murder mysteries are
equally interesting, frightening and thought provoking. All this may seem overwhelming, but
the problems that the characters face, whether grieving the loss of a loved one,
succumbing to the evil that lies within or learning to trust what they know is right, are quite
These plot devices are well written and well executed. The characters are either so likeable
or so evil, that we accept being bombarded by their stories. We’re already invested.
One criticism is that as complex as the series is, the screenwriters neglect to recap what
has gone on before but instead pick up where the last episode or season left off. That’s
fine if you were among those who watched it religiously, but those who didn’t were apt to be
Subtle dark humor is sprinkled in for good measure. Lucy, a receptionist torn between two
men who could potentially be the father of her unborn child, catches one of them sneaking
into the restroom with a magazine.
When he approaches Lucy afterward and asks to speak with her, she replies. “I thought you
preferred the company of your MAGAZINES!”
The show only ran for two seasons but earned a cult-following. Even after the release of the
feature-length movie entitled “Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me,” fans are still screaming for
Season 3. Only thirty episodes with David Lynch’s surreal fingerprints smudged all over
them weren’t enough.
The show contained all the elements that keep people coming back for more. It’s macabre,
deep, quirky, and unveils its secrets slowly. The characters are well-developed, their
motivations clearly established. Despite how you may scratch your head at times, it’s hard to
tear yourself away from “Twin Peaks.”
The first season will hook you. It’s just that good.
I’m the Ranting Usher. Won’t you join me in a moment of silence for the late Laura Palmer?
May she rest in peace.
Do you agree with my review? What are your impressions of the first season of “Twin
Peaks?” Let me know in the comments section.
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