Cape Town – Twenty five years later Twin Peaks is making its return to television.
Starting Tuesday 23 May at 21:30 on M-Net (DStv 101), a new season of Twin Peaks will immerse fans in a fresh era of dark mystery, helmed by acclaimed director David Lynch, creator of the original ground-breaking series.
Here are 5 things you need to know about the show:
1. What it's about:
There is no plot or synopsis available for the 18 episode new series. Lead actor Kyle MacLachlan, who returns in his role as FBI special agent Dale Cooper, was the only cast member able to have a single read of the entire script.
What we do know is that the story picks up with Agent Cooper in the red-draped Black Lodge, where Palmer (Sheryl Lee) told him she would see him in 25 years.
2. Who stars in it?
Most of the original cast is back this include: Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Catherine E. Coulson, Warren Frost and David Duchovny.
New cast members include: Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera, Jim Belushi, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Cera and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
3. What the critics say:
Variety's Sonia Saraiya says the show is, “weird and creepy and slow. But it is interesting. The show is very stubbornly itself — not quite film and not quite TV, rejecting both standard storytelling and standard forms. It’s not especially fun to watch and it can be quite disturbing."
The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg noted, " What premiered on Sunday was as accessibly scary, disturbing and audaciously funny as many of the best parts of the original Twin Peaks, and nowhere near as hallucinatory and subtextually distilled as the prequel film Fire Walk With Me."
The AV Club's Emily L. Stephens said, "there’s comfort in that idea, and comfort in the cozy, small-town trappings of Twin Peaks—both the town and the series. That comfort is what audiences often latched onto. But it’s a mistake to get too comfortable in the world of Twin Peaks, where even the floor under your feet can give way without warning."
4. The reaction on social media
The original #TwinPeaks was David Lynch conforming to TV. The new one is TV conforming to Lynch. We're all gonna have such lovely nightmares— Eric Diaz (@GeekBoyEric) May 22, 2017
5. See the opening credits here: