You are going to be hearing a lot about Twin Peaks over the coming weeks and possibly months (depending on how good the long awaited season 3 is). Twin Peaks is back kids, and to be ready, I’m watching the original again.
When did TV really change? I mean, go from wobbly sets shot on video, with heavily accented actors of limited capability shouting at each other, to The Sopranos, or Game of Thrones? Why it was 1990 of course. David Lynch, I don’t think believed that he was going to change television. Nor was telly going to change David Lynch. I reckon that he just wanted to do it his way. And by that term, I’ve always looked at Twin Peaks as Blue Velvet the TV show.
Watching Twin Peaks again it is easy to say that it has dated because it has. Also, some of its weaknesses and shortcomings are a bit more visible now than they were in 1990. We’ve all seen ‘The Wire,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and Game of Thrones now and TV is apparently in its golden age. Twin Peaks to my mind started it. Would David Chase have used dream sequences to move a plot along as much as he did if Lynch hadn’t pioneered it? Would A-list filmmakers like Spielberg, Soderbergh, Stone get involved in a television show? Probably not. As well as changing the face of TV shows and what a TV show could be, Lynch made television a credible art form. He did this by approaching TV in the same manner in which he approached cinema. For that, we all owe him a huge thank you.
One thing to bear in mind is that as groundbreaking as it was, Twin Peaks was still bound by the same restraints as all other TV shows, hence rules that applied to ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ were also applicable to Twin Peaks. I am particularly excited to see what Lynch does with season three especially since the third season has been commissioned by the same network that gave us ‘Dexter.’ I suppose this is why Lynch has been telling people to look again at ‘Fire Walk With Me,’ as this was our first look at ‘Twin Peaks’ with the gloves off, so to speak.
In a time where we have been treated to shows like, Westworld, The Night of, GoT, The Wire, The Sopranos and Breaking Bad it is going to be absorbing to see what Lynch does with this new season of ‘Twin Peaks.’ The show that is credited with beginning the water cooler culture is 27 years old. Since it went off the air, we have been treated to event TV on an almost monthly basis. Other groundbreaking shows (OZ, Ally McBeal – don’t laugh that show was seriously off the wall… initially), have been all but forgotten. However, Twin Peaks has hung on in there, and finally, we may get some answers to all of the cliffhangers Lynch and Frost left us with back in the summer of 1991.