When visiting my hometown of Hinckley, Illinois my friend once remarked that I lived on a Twin Peaks set. She said she wouldn’t have been surprised to see a woman whispering to a log in her arms or an unexpected dwarf suddenly pass us by on the otherwise deserted sidewalk. This was a decade ago when I was living at home and we were taking a stroll through the single main street of my town. There were no stoplights at the intersections, only stop signs. A few sad bars lined the street, along with an auto shop, a grocery store, a pizza shop, and a laundry mat perched forever on the edge of ruin and despair. The wind moved briskly down the paved road and open fields stretched one block over in every direction.
I had never seen Twin Peaks but from her tone and expression, I understood that Hinckley was no longer my depressed country town but a location lurking with unexpected mysteries and delightful possibilities.
When I watched the show a decade later, I remembered her impression and words. Skye was right. I had grown up in the Illinois version of Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks premiered in 1990 and was the first offbeat serialized drama of its kind. It was directed by David Lynch and ran for two seasons on ABC. The show centered on Agent Cooper, a quirky FBI detective, investigating the murder of Laura Palmer, a local seventeen year old. From episode to episode, there was no way telling which way the mystery would go. Strange characters were introduced only to be rapidly out-shone by even odder ones. Two seasons were packed with plot trails, secrets, deceptions, red herrings, and plenty of Agent Cooper’s Red Room dream sequences. Nothing as strange as Twin Peaks had ever been seen on primetime television.
But on the final season, ABC rushed the show along and as a result, viewers hated the ending. One year later, David Lynch released the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, a prequel focusing on the seven days before Laura Palmer’s death.
Due to the unsatisfactory ending, ardent fans have long held onto the belief that Twin Peaks would return again. “I’ll see you again in 25 years,” dead Laura Palmer promised Agent Cooper in the final Red Room scene on the last episode. Twenty three years have gone by since then; time is nearly up for Laura’s promise.
Just this morning, Lynch and Frost (co-creators and co-writers) posted a stunning announcement this morning:
Twin Peaks is returning in 2016 and will air on Showtime. Lynch and Frost have hung onto the rights of the show after all this time and they have reunited to journey into Twin Peaks once more.
Mark Frost announced earlier today in his TVLine interview that the new Twin Peaks, “will not be a remake. The story continues. The seeds of where we go were planted where we’ve been.” And if this didn’t sound good enough, he continues:
“I’ve always said that Twin Peaks to me was like a novel we filmed every page of. So this is more like we found another volume of the saga, and now we want to bring that to life too.”
It doesn’t get more promising than that. There’s no telling where this new Twin Peaks will go but even after twenty-five years, I’m certain that Lynch and Frost will bring television something new, something we’ve never seen before and something that will confound and delight at the same time. Just like my hometown still does to me.
Catherine Eaton is a contributor to The Stake. Catherine is a writer living in a western suburb of Chicago. She blogs over at sparrowpost.com and enjoys foraging around the neighborhood in her spare time.