Twin Peaks – The Return – Review
Mild Spoilers contained within….
So, the wait is over! After months of speculation and denial, the return of Twin Peaks was announced last year. It is now a Showtime series, who produce Billions, Shameless and Homeland among others, having moved from its original home of ABC. There was months of haggling over the production, with David Lynch nearly pulling out at one point. The reason for this remain unclear, but it would inevitably come down to money or control of the show. Lynch seems to have a tight grip of the reins over this new production, as he has co-written (along with Mark Frost) and directed all 18 episodes. It is quite a change from the original, where he only directed sporadic episodes along the run or at times he felt his skills were required.
The first episodes aired on Sky Atlantic last night, and without giving too much away, there was a change in emphasis in the production. Gone were the homely diners and hotels of Twin Peaks to be replaced with scenes in New York, Buckhorn (South Dakota) and other locations. They seem to have broken the hermetic seal of the show, moving it outside the close-knit community of Twin Peaks. Whether this is only to set the production up before it returns to the original setting remains to be seen, but it didn’t have the feel of the old show and was closer to a Lynch film like ‘Wild at Heart’.
There was much of the David Lynch patented ‘weirdness’, with unusual visual effects and ideas on display. In truth, he is the master of these and they are one of the more enjoyable elements of his work. Many critics will argue that they were used too often or that their purpose was unclear, but I have to say I’ve missed them! David Lynch hasn’t directed a feature film since Inland Empire in 2006, which received mixed reviews. His style was always a bit hit and miss, but box office returns declined to the point where he stopped working in film altogether (other than a variety of shorts and videos).
From the cast list below, you can see that many of the old faces have returned, whether in reality or in dream sequences. There’s even an appearance from David Lynch himself as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole still to come! Critics so far seem annoyed with the lack of a clear storyline, exposition and other minor issues, but really it’s just good to have Lynch back behind the wheel. Strap yourselves in for 18 episodes of a David Lynch written and directed TV show; something we have never had before.
Kyle MacLachlan … Dale Cooper (18 episodes, 2017)
Sheryl Lee … Laura Palmer (18 episodes, 2017)
Kimmy Robertson … Lucy Moran … (17 episodes, 2017)
Russ Tamblyn … Dr. Lawrence Jacoby (16 episodes, 2017)
Mädchen Amick … Shelly Johnson / … (15 episodes, 2017)
Dana Ashbrook … Bobby Briggs / … (15 episodes, 2017)
Ray Wise … Leland Palmer (15 episodes, 2017)
Grace Zabriskie … Sarah Palmer (15 episodes, 2017)
Everett McGill … Big Ed Hurley (14 episodes, 2017)