The first series dealt with familiar themes, but we were already seeing cracks in the façade. The show became increasingly melodramatic, drawing on soap opera clichés. In the second series, a love triangle developed between three detectives working on the case. A painfully extended six-episode arc revolved around a tangential affair between biker James Hurley and a femme fatale. The plots seemed more appropriate for Invitation to Love, the corny TV show that played throughout the series.
And, of course there was the underlying mind-bending surrealism that came to the forefront in the third 2017 series. Suddenly, the laws of television programming were rendered moot. Kyle McLachlan played three separate doppelganger versions of the same character. Arcane orbs and brain-like trees took centre stage. The villain of the piece was revealed to be a cosmic entity played by a set dresser that the director happened to rope into acting. So, that’s Twin Peaks, the show with three faces. Watch the first series for a murder mystery, the second for a soap opera, and the third if you want your brain to dribble out through your ears.