The owls are not what they seem… well at least not in the mountain town of Twin Peaks, Washington State. Twin Peaks is hard to describe. It’s not comparable to anything else and is quite possibly the most original piece of viewing one could find. Although the show follows FBI agent Dale Cooper, as he tries to uncover who was responsible for the death of teenager Laura Palmer, the true main character in this series is the town of Twin Peaks itself.
From the first brooding bass note of the theme song set against an intro movie showing the secluded town, you know that there is something wrong with this place. The first series appears to follow a typical crime drama kind of scenario, directed to get the viewer guessing who the killer is. Eventually this is revealed, midway through the second series, but the show doesn’t end there, it merely just begins. From a murder mystery full of sex, drugs and hidden secrets, the show opens up into forbidden and supernatural territory leaving viewers trying to process what they have just witnessed.
The beauty of Twin Peaks is that although it is primarily a horror, it features many tropes from other genres such as crime shows, romantic stories and even comedy. The episodes are long and packed full of many different characters, all with interesting stories of their own. From Dale Cooper and Bobby Briggs to the Log Lady, everyone has something going on in their life and they’re all connected in some way. The show plays on the idea of the town of Twin Peaks being a nice, tight-knit community, where nothing goes wrong and everyone just goes about their day-to-day life. So, when prom queen, Laura Palmer, shows up in a body bag, the town folk are set alight.
It is pretty hard to write about Twin Peaks without giving away too many spoilers. After the first two series, director David Lynch began working on a movie prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, showing the days leading up to Laura Palmer's untimely fate. Despite being a prequel, I highly recommend waiting to watch this movie after you have watched the series, as it obviously spoils who the killer is. It’s quite possibly one of the most sick and twisted films I myself have seen, and would only recommend it to those who can handle the very darkest viewing.
So, what has happened since 1992? Not much happened for a while, but the ending left many questions for the viewer. For years, fans of the show had to sit in silence and await what is next to come. Well, wait no more, as a few years back, it was announced that Twin Peaks is finally going to be concluded.