By Matthew E. Owen, Contributing Movie and TV Critic for SatelliteWerx.com
Late May of 2017 (either Sunday May 21 or May 23 depending on your region) marks a very important return of a classic mystery television show. I’m talking about Twin Peaks. The broadcast TV show originally aired in 1990 and was a huge sensation. Twin Peaks follows the story of FBI Agent Dale Cooper as he investigates the mysterious murder of Laura Palmer in the logging town. However, nothing is ever as it seems in the town of Twin Peaks. Full of style, drama, dark comedy, and general oddity… Twin Peaks was sometimes confusing and generally a wacky ride. When it was abruptly cut short with a cliffhanger promising a return in “25 years” fans held out hope that Twin Peaks would return one day. Now, that day is finally arriving, so get ready to start your binge-watching now to catch up in time for the return of Twin Peaks on Showtime.
Twin Peaks Returns On Showtime
For those unfamiliar with Twin Peaks, here is a general synopsis without spoiling too much. The show is set in the quiet logging town of Twin Peaks and kicks off with the discovery of a corpse. That corpse is that of Laura Palmer, the Twin Peaks high school prom queen and an all around innocent teenager. The show centers on her murder and finding the killer. The aforementioned FBI Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, primarily conducts the investigation. The murder of Laura takes a narrative backseat throughout the show as the secrets of the entire town start to spill out. Twin Peaks is a show about mystery, intrigue, communication, and just plain overall weirdness. It’s a gripping tale, littered with surreal sequences and borderline melodrama. It might be off-putting for some, but for the majority of viewers Twin Peaks is regarded by many as one of the best television shows of all time.
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Season 3 of Twin Peaks has been kept under wraps pretty well, with a trickle of information to keep we fans on the edge of our seats. With anywhere from 9 to 18 new episodes slated for this season, we could find ourselves tucked away in the little logging town for quite some time. Many characters from the first two seasons are making an appearance, as is rightly so. Season 3 marks a continuation of the story, rather than a reboot or retelling. Although it’s been over 25 years since the original premiere the creative team behind production strongly believes that Season 3 will provide an excellent wrap up for long time fans. New viewers are encouraged to watch the first two seasons first, as jumping straight into Twin Peaks mid-season without any prior knowledge could be confusing.
Twin Peaks is a show with a metric ton of characters all with their own plots and secrets to tell. It’s a town where nobody can seemingly be trusted despite their charm and hospitality. As far as Season 3 is concerned, fans hope to see the return of several characters in some form or another. The Log Lady is a favorite character, as well as the dopey sheriff’s office receptionist, Lucy. Last year, the rumored cast list exceeded 200 names, which means there’s going to be tons of characters to meet and get to know. We’ll also see the return of several fan favorite actors, including Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, and more! In many ways Twin Peaks can be seen in the same vein as Game of Thrones when it comes to character numbers in that every character has an important story to tell, and it is the characters that are the heart of the show.
Generally speaking, Twin Peaks is a sometimes confusing but always engaging roller coaster of emotion. It was a show cut too short so it’s great to see a return to form. With many of the original players back at the controls, Season 3 is shaping up to be a true return of what made the original two seasons so entrancing. This new revival may draw newcomers to the original series as well, pulling it into the limelight where it once resided. Mark your calendars and start catching up, because when Season 3 premieres in May on Showtime, you want to be up to speed.
The original two seasons of Twin Peaks are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon streaming services for those looking to catch up. This potentially final season of Twin Peaks has been 25 years in the making, and will revisit the forested town and may finally, after 25 years, solve the murder of Laura Palmer.