SOMETIMES we forget, with all the spoils of incredible TV today, just how groundbreaking Twin Peaks was when it first premiered 27 years ago.
David Lynch and Mark Frost created a series that completely up-ended all the conventions of TV, it changed the game — the idea that TV can be more than just a rote story-of-the-week format, that it can be cinematic, that it can have a distinct “feeling”, that it can tell one story over many episodes, that it can be bold and different.
Starting off the show with a murdered homecoming queen, a central mystery to drive the series, blazed the trail for all that followed. From The Killing to Veronica Mars to Broadchurch, those shows couldn’t have started off the same way if Twin Peaks hadn’t done it first.
More than just its format, Twin Peaks’ legacy is clear from the numerous shows it clearly influenced in its wake, from the likes of True Detective, Bates Motel, The X Files, The Sopranos, Top of the Lake and, most recently, Riverdale. Even last year’s Aussie drama The Kettering Incident had a definite Twin Peaks-ian feel.
Sure, the show was never quite the same after it solved the “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” mystery a third of the way into the second season and Lynch jumped off the train. But there’s a reason those first 16 episodes remain some of the most iconic in TV history.
With the 18-episode sequel (don’t worry, Lynch and Frost are back) just over five weeks away, now’s the perfect time to rewatch the show and embrace all of its wonderful weirdness. Suspend your disbelief, pull up a blanket — Bob’s eyes give you the chills even when it’s 32 degrees outside — and plonk down on the couch with a damn fine cup of coffee.
But if you don’t have the time (and even if you do), here are some of Twin Peaks’ most memorable moments to get you prepped for one of the biggest TV events of the year.
WRAPPED IN PLASTIC
The moment that sparks the whole series, the discovery of Laura Palmer’s body — “she’s dead, wrapped in plastic” — on the beach.
Have you ever walked into a room drowning in red curtains and have someone remark to you, “It’s like being in David Lynch’s head”? This is what they’re talking about. The first time Agent Cooper visits the mysterious Red Room and sees the Man From Another World and Laura Palmer is in his dreams, long before he’ll stumble on the physical extra-dimensional space.
If you’re the kind of person that startles easily, you may want to watch the first episode of season two during the day. Ronette’s hospital bed flashback to the last moments of Laura Palmer’s life and a primal, screaming Bob is properly terrifying.
It’s a neat trick, one you’d struggle to replicate. Audrey Horne pops a cherry into her mouth and ties the stalk with her tongue. Let’s just leave it there, you know what it means.
COOPER IS SHOT
The first season closes out with the shocking moment our intrepid FBI agent is shot opening his hotel room door. That’s not what he ordered from room service.
Who has Bob possessed? This is the question. After The Giant appears and warns it’s “happening again”, the killer is revealed to be none other than…
Apparently, possessing someone since they were a kid is no reason to keep them around after being found out.
As if the indignity of death wasn’t enough, Josie’s spirit (?) becomes trapped in a doorknob. And not even one of those designer knobs, just a regular wooden one.
What a relief Cooper made it out of the Red Room. Right, right?! Psych.
Twin Peaks seasons one and two and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me are available to stream now on Stan.
Twin Peaks: The Return will be same-day fast-tracked on Stan from May 22.
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