This review will cover the first four episodes. I’ll try my best to be spoiler free.
I recall when the original came out over 25 years ago. It was the hottest thing, an event show that had everyone talking only about one thing and one thing only. Who killed Laura Palmer? Twin Peaks had something for everyone. It was a satire, soap opera, teen drama, comedy, mystery and horror. After season one, things got really strange in Twin Peaks. You had our heroes fighting an evil spirit that is attempting to steal peoples souls. I’ve constantly liked the strangeness of the show. Even the prequel film is worth checking out, but it’s not for everyone, it is very David Lynch. If you have seen Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive, you’ll understand. Now fast forward 26 years later and Twin Peaks is back. It’s been a long wait, especially after the crazy season finale.
David Lynch is back in true form. You have your nightmarish worlds, sometimes just too bizarre to comprehend or just plain disturbing. Specifically the first two instalments. The two later episodes have a more twin peak season one vibe to it. In the end, we get to see David Lynch’s true vision of Twin Peaks. I sense with the restraints of regular television in the previous two seasons kind of hindered his vision. Now, holding it on Showtime and Not being hindered by censorship and also pretty much given free reign to do whatever he wants. There was a moment when David Lynch was planning to quit the new show. But it looks like Showtime cut a deal basically said yeah, OK the fans want you back just do whatever you desire to do, we don’t care how strange. It’s amazing to see an artist get a chance to do what he wants and not be hindered by anything. I always like David Lynch’s strange, bizarre dream like, nightmarish feel of his films and shows.
Now to the story, it does serve to actually watch fire walk with me and the previous two seasons of Twin Peaks or at least have a general idea of what the show is really about. The first four episodes definitely do answer a few questions about season two. While taking up new ones that we will have to wait for them to be answered as the season progresses. Exactly like the previous seasons the new show does have an awesome soundtrack. Specifically the original theme does return and you incessantly have a new song at the end by a new band.
You’ve got a great deal of old faces coming back from the previous two seasons. It’s like a reunion with old family members you haven’t seen in a while. Sometimes it did feel like they’re simply there for nostalgic reasons. Hopefully as the show progresses a lot of the characters will have bigger roles to take on. Obviously, Kyle Maclachlan is the one that steals the show. It’s neat to see him back as Agent Cooper even though things have changed a lot since the last time we saw him. One more thing to add you get a lot of cameos in the show. Even some players from previous Lynch films, that I haven’t seen in a while, make an appearance. I’m curious to see who pops up next.
Visually, there’s not much to say it’s definitely a nightmarish dreamish Lynchian horror. Even the visual effects has that old-school, new school, I want to be different and mess with your mind feel. But that is David Lynch. Ultimately, it comes down to this. If you like Twin Peaks and David Lynch’s work or just into the strange and bizarre, definitely check it out. But everyone else might be turned away.
A must watch for Lynchian horror fans, others beware.
3.5 out 4 Hats