There is no possible way in which I could be more excited for the return of Twin Peaks to television. Sure, I will need to wait until 2016 for it to happen, but this is one of the many good things about this recent announcement.
Typically, I would be afraid of the return of the show, in the same way that I am always leery about a film adaptation of a favorite novel: you want it to be incredible, but typically it falls flat, leading to disappointment. There is always that voice in the back of your mind telling you that whatever the new thing is, it is going to be terrible, and it will end up ruining the source material.
I have considered this, and have decided that even if the new version of the show is no good, it will never be able to ruin the original series for me. I simply love it too much. The new version will add to the story, and to the lore, but it can never take away from what has already been done on the screen with the original run of this show in 1990-91.
Some of the things that I am excited about:
- They aren’t releasing the new Twin Peaks until 2016. Which means they are not going to rush through writing and production. They are going to be taking their time to make something wonderful, which is great news. With fans of the show clamoring for new episodes, it would have been a huge mistake to rush something out.
- It will be on Showtime. While part of the lore and incredible nature of Twin Peaks is that it was a strange, boundary-pushing show on network TV back in the day, we no longer need that. Network TV has become its own thing, and it is the cable networks that are showing us the new kind of shows. TP doesn’t need to push the boundaries anymore; that is done by a ton of cable shows. Now it can just tell the story, in the most David Lynch-ian way possible. Being on cable will also allow new freedoms that would not have flown during the original airing.
- Being set 25 years later, the story lines are infinite. What has happened to all of the characters? Did Cooper end up going on a killing spree, now that he was infected by Killer Bob? Will he have become a new version of Wyndam Earle? Could the show focus on Harry Truman hunting his pal Cooper, somehow knowing that Bob became a part of him at the end of the series? I am giddy thinking about it.
- Both Mark Frost and David Lynch will be behind the 2016 version of the show. Twin Peaks should not be in the hands of anybody else.
- Will all of the original cast be returning? Amazing if they did. There always seems to be holdouts when these kinds of reunions/long awaited sequels happen. Of course, a couple of casting changes could be survived, but it would be really cool to see absolutely everybody back in action.
- I hope they do a couple of small things to keep the show grounded to its roots: keep the original opening credits and theme song, as well as the music in the show needs to be the same. I can’t wait for the jazz drums to fire up when Audrey Horne first walks into a scene.
I feel like this continuation of the show will be great for the viewers who have made it a cult classic over the past 25 years. Surely, there will be a ton of curiosity from new viewers, but I can envision this new version being just as weird as the original, making it something that is not necessarily made for a new audience. There are a ton of fans out there, salivating at the idea of more of their favorite show. And I am extremely excited to see what they are able to do with it.
Take me back to the Great Northern!