It was surprising when the news came that the Nineties cult classic TV series Twin Peaks would return in a new limited series production after twenty-five years. As of now, 18 new episodes will be made, to debut in early 2017 on Showtime network.
The original Twin Peaks appeared in 1990-91 and ran for 30 episodes. Created by iconic film director David Lynch and screenwriter Mark Frost, the setting was a quirky logging town deep within the looming Pacific Northwest woods.
The plot centered around the murder of high school homecoming queen Laura Palmer. But the investigation became a postmodern metaphysical mystery that involved surrealistic dream sequences, the synchronistic connection of events, and the presence of transcendent evil. Nothing like it had ever been done on TV before.
The series had a visionary quality due in great part to the outré creative genius of David Lynch. In the original series, Lynch directed only six episodes and co-wrote only four. This time, the new production will be more completely his personal vision. Lynch will co-write and direct all of the new episodes.
The new storyline is shrouded in secrecy. Whether it will continue where the first series left off, we don't know. What we do know is that the actors who portrayed FBI Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne will return to reprise their roles. A new cast addition will be Laura Dern. Sadly, the actress who played the Oracle-like Log lady has since died, which is a key loss.
When the new Twin Peaks does appear next year, it's certain to be a major media event. If the new production can recapture the same sinister, dreamy mind-twisting atmosphere of the of the original version, it will become an addictive, must-see experience.