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Monday, February 23, 2015

"Twin Peaks" and the Return from Meanwhile

“I’ll see you in 25 years.”

That’s how murdered homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) bade farewell to FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), and viewers, from the enigmatic red-curtained zig-zag “waiting room” between the Black and White Lodges in the Twin Peaks series finale, which aired in June 1991. She then signed off with a cursory “Meanwhile,” as if to cover the intervening years, beginning with Cooper’s courage failing and his demonic doppelganger overtaking him in a strobe-lit hell.

Laura Palmer

25 years haven’t yet passed, but I’m sure you’ve heard the announcement that Showtime will be bringing Twin Peaks back on the Black Lodge’s schedule, with a nine-hour series run in June of 2016. Not a reboot but a return, with creators Mark Frost and David Lynch drafting the scenarios and, most fortunately, Lynch coming out of retirement to direct the entire enterprise, his first foray into narrative filmmaking since 2006’s INLAND EMPIRE (though given that film’s improvised, self-financed, avant-garde, consumer digital design, or Mulholland Dr.‘s curious history as a television pilot refashioned as a bizarro head-trip nonlinear dream excursion, it almost feels like the first “straight” Lynch production since, appropriately, 1999’s The Straight Story.)

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