I didn’t see it coming. How could I have? Eyes bulging and mouth agape, I leaned forward to press pause on my laptop, still not believing what I’d just heard.
Looking for a new addiction a few weeks into my iHorror tenure, I reached out to my fellow minions to see if they had any recommendations. The ever awesome and reliable Patti Pauley suggested Twin Peaks.
And so it began.
Unrelenting Silver Bullet fan that I am, seeing Everett McGill’s name in the opening credits had my curiosity, but the haunting sounds of Laura Palmer’s Theme had my interest (thank eight-pound, six-ounce baby Jesus for Angelo Badalamenti). It wasn’t long before I was all-in.
Though Miguel Ferrer’s agent was a monumental jackass at the outset, I was thrilled that he was involved, but truth be told, I really didn’t need anything beyond the bromance between Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Sheriff Truman (Michael Ontkean) to keep me coming back for more.
Of course, fans of Twin Peaks know there was more. So much more.
A handful of episodes later I was messaging Ms. Pauley with the admission that I was obsessed with Sherilyn Fenn. I know now that such a revelation wasn’t much of a confession, because Peakers universally adore Audrey Horne.
All that said, I’d never laid eyes on a single episode until I began binge watching a couple of years ago, but by the time I was a few installments shy of completion, Showtime dropped the momentous announcement that Twin Peaks would have a third season. Neck deep as I was into the mysterious and quirky world of David Lynch and Mark Frost, it was exciting to know that the adventure wouldn’t end with my marathon.
Two days later I sat down to watch the Season 2 finale.
Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) ventured across the Black Lodge’s chevron-patterned floor adorned with red curtains and made a declaration that anyone watching in 1991 wouldn’t have given a second thought.
“I’ll see you again in 25 years.”
After a few “No-way-that-just-happened” moments, I went back and watched it again. The announcement had called for the new season to debut in 2016, a quarter-century later, but without the knowledge that Laura Palmer’s line was coming combined with the news fresh in my mind, it caught me off guard. In fact, it was eerie, bordering on creepy. Think Barbara Crampton’s first attention-grabbing disclosure from Beyond the Gates.
I had smiled giddily at that Showtime teaser just 48 hours before, but with Lee’s line omitted, there was no way I could have made connections to dots I didn’t know existed. While I don’t (necessarily) believe that Lynch and Frost originally set out to come back 25 years on, I cannot begin to describe my gratitude that Showtime had indeed left Lee’s dialogue out of said teaser, because I would have been denied a moment I’ll never forget.
An invigorating, “Whaaat?” moment for those who had seen the series once or even dozens of times, but as someone experiencing it anew, the term mind-blowing certainly applied.
Numerous teasers (and a couple of series re-watches) later, we are just one week away from our long-awaited return to Twin Peaks. We’ve lost Ferrer, David Bowie, Don S. Davis, Catherine E. Coulson and Jack Nance; but Season 3 will bring Jane Levy, Michael Cera, Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ernie Hudson, Meg Foster, Derek Mears and many more to the fold.
In addition to honoring the fallen and welcoming those new inhabitants, we will also get reacquainted with Deputy Hawk (Michael Horse), Shelly Johnson (Madchen Amick), Leland Palmer (Ray Wise), Denise Bryson (David Duchovny), Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton) and several other faces we’ve been waiting two-and-a-half decades to see again.
The original series (and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me) left questions that need answering in their wake, and no doubt new mysteries will arise over the next 18 episodes. Above all, however, I can’t help but wonder when the next breathtaking moment will be unveiled that’ll have me pressing pause, desperate to wrap my head around what I’d just seen and heard.
Alas, it’s Twins Peaks and David Lynch, so you know as well as I, it is happening again.