Twin Peaks was the first show that was built around one central mystery. The show was at his best before Laura Palmer’s killer was revealed and the whole world was wondering who killed Laura Palmer.
Before Twin Peaks, individual episodes of TV series tended to have closed endings. Even cliffhangers usually got answered within an episode or two. TV makers didn’t spend much attention to a show’s cohesiveness over the course of a season. That all changed after Twin Peaks.
The X-Files, for example, got viewers hooked with the alien abduction conspiracy storyline, that started in the first episode and continued up to the final.
2. With Twin Peaks TV and cinema grew closer
Before Twin Peaks, the notion that a master filmmaker would work for television was unheard of. With Twin Peaks, David Lynch showed that TV could, under the right circumstances, be just as artistic and just as cinematic as cinema itself.
Twin Peaks is the reason cinematic visionaries like Steven Soderbergh are nowadays abandoning movies for television.
3. After Twin Peaks, it became okay for TV to be weird
That this really weird show was shown to a prime time public in 1990 feels like nothing short of a miracle in retrospect.
Cooper’s dream about the red room and the Twin Peaks finale, more than 25 years later they’re still one of the best, weirdest TV scenes to air on any network.
The dream sequences of The Sopranos. The puzzles of Lost. None of these would have been possible without Twin Peaks.
4. Twin Peaks was the first show where dreams were carrying the plot
In Twin Peaks dreams were meant to be interpreted. “Break the code. Solve the crime” as agent Cooper puts it.
In The Sopranos dreams were not only giving Tony clues. Just like in Twin Peaks, sometimes they were foretelling things that would happen to the main character later.
The most plot-heavy dream that Tony Soprano had was induced by food poisoning. In this dream Tony realized that his best friend ‘Big Pussy’ was an FBI informant and needed to be ‘taken care off’.
5. Twin Peaks made viewers ask “What the hell is going on?”
Many TV shows tried to copy this mystique, hoping that throwing questions at the audience would keep them watching. One show that particularly comes to mind is ‘Lost’.
The continual process of answering questions with more questions was a hallmark of J. J. Abrams’ Lost, just like it was for Twin Peaks. Both series might have scared away a viewer or two by piling up too much unanswered questions.
6. Twin Peaks was the first series to generate so many fan theories
Even without social media buzz Twin Peaks was a show that naturally lent itself to intricate theories. Viewers obsessed about the show and discussed it at family gatherings and by the watercooler at work.
7. With Twin Peaks, location became a character
Hitchcock’s Rear Window is probably one of the first movies where much of the viewers’ attention goes to location.
David Lynch transposed Hitchcock’s voyeuristic view into the neighbours’ secrets to a small town and the woodland scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Shows that would later copy that: Northern Exposure, Wayward Pines and Riverdale.
This is probably the most surprising route the new Twin Peaks TV show might take. Little green men in our beloved town!
The book promo video that Mark Frost released in July 2016 shows two documents pertaining to sightings of flying saucers.
New Video – ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’
New Twin Peaks TV show: Clue No. 4
The first UFO document is an interview with Mr Kenneth Arnold conducted on July 12th, 1947. Mr Arnold claims that he saw 9 strange objects flying over the Cascade Mountain Range on June 25th, 1947. It’s the interviewer’s personal opinion that Mr Arnold actually saw what he states he saw. Mr Arnold is very outspoken and the interviewer doesn’t doubt his integrity.
The second document is a confidential report of UFO sightings. It’s unclear whether these come from Mr Arnold or other witnesses. The shape, colour, sound and trail of 18 UFO’s are reported into detail but sighting no 2, 4 and 7 have been blacked out due to reasons of ‘national security’.
From “The Secret History Of Twin Peaks”
Roswell incident related to UFO sightings near Twin Peaks?
The year 1947 rings a bell for any UFO enthusiast. On July 8, 1947, the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a press release stating that a “flying disc” had been recovered, after it had crashed on a ranch near Roswell. Following wide initial interest, the military stated that the crash was merely of a conventional weather balloon.
Until this day, the Roswell incident is the world’s “most famous and most thoroughly debunked UFO claim” or “biggest government cover up of a UFO crash”, depending on who you ask. Will the new Twin Peaks TV show go further in the Roswell incident’s story?
New Twin Peaks TV show: Project Blue Book
While flying saucers over Twin Peaks might sound ridiculous to some fans, there were peculiar UFO references in Twin Peaks Season 1 and 2. In one episode Major Briggs talks about Project Blue Book, the Air Force’s investigation into the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects, officially disbanded in 1969. Major Briggs continued to work on it in an unofficial capacity, examining the heavens as before.
Major Briggs adds though that, in the case of Twin Peaks, he examines the earth below. He is searching for a place called the White Lodge. Is the White Lodge somehow connected to the UFO sightings? And will there be further mention of the Roswell incident in the new Twin Peaks TV show?
Twin Peaks Season 3: The truth is out there
We believe it’s very doubtful that Twin Peaks Season 3 will show ‘Independence Day’-like flying saucers. On the other hand there might be the suggestion that the White Lodge, Native American mythology and UFO sightings are connected in some way.
This juxtaposition of Native American mythology and alien abduction mythology has happened before in television history. As a matter of fact, it takes place in more than one episode of ‘The X-Files’.
David Duchovny (seen for years as ‘Fox Mulder’, main character in ‘The X-Files’) played Denis Bryson, a cross-dressing DEA agent in Twin Peaks Season 2 and is said to return in Season 3. If Bryson switched from chasing drug dealers to UFO’s, fans of ‘The X-Files’ might be in for a real treat.
UFO references and David Duchovny, showing up in the new Twin Peaks TV show, will definitively exert attraction on the vast X-Files’ fan base.
’The Secret History Of Twin Peaks’ message [SPOILER ALERT]
“It is not something “out there” – in the president’s words. They may well once have been our neighbours from some distant star. But I believe they were here before us… I believe they have observed, helped, haunted, tormented and teased us since the beginning of time for reasons entirely their own.”
Are you expecting to see UFO’s in the new Twin Peaks TV Show? What do you make of all this? Leave us your comments below!
Clue No 3: Pages from a diary describing a search for gold in ‘Injun’ country
In July 2016 Mark Frost shared a video meant to promote his novel ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’. The promo video offers clues to Twin Peaks fans, eager to find out more after more than 25 years.
New Video – ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’
Mark Frost’s teaser video shows the findings of a female FBI Agent T. P. who investigates the content of a box, found at an undetermined crime scene.
Twin Peaks Season 3: Clue No. 3
So where is the new Twin Peaks TV show heading? One of the documents that are shown in the teaser video might be telling us about the origins of the town of Twin Peaks. It consists of two pages from a very old diary.
The two handwritten pages are seen immediately after the photo of a Native man is shown in the video. They tell the story of two men looking for gold “six days north out of Spokane”.
The author tells about setting up camp near a big fast stream, where he and his friend DB found traces of gold. They’re following a map that was promised to lead them to a mine, a cave with veins of gold. The guy who handed them the map claimed an ‘Injun’ gave it to him.
Six days north out of Spokane, lots of pine wood, a big fast stream… – Sounds familiar, no?
New Twin Peaks TV show: Connection to Native American history?
The author describes “plenty a strange shit in these woods”. Strange shit, scarecrows, platforms with dead bodies. Have the two men accidentally trespassed a Native American ritual cemetery?
Deputy Hawk, to play an important part in new Twin Peaks TV show?
Reading about Native American death customs, you will find most tribes believed that the souls of the dead passed into a spirit world. They became part of the spiritual forces that influenced every aspect of their lives.
Rites among Native Americans tended to focus on aiding the dead in their afterlife. Many tribes believed in two souls: one that died when the body died and one that might wander on. Twin Peaks fans have heard Deputy Hawk explain these basic Native American beliefs to agent Cooper in Season 1 & 2.
If Twin Peaks Season 3 focusses further on this Native American aspect, chances are Deputy Hawk will have a far bigger part in the story compared to back in 1990-1991. He might even play the hero part. This would explain why Michael Horse appeared so prominently in Season 3’s first promo video.
Does Denver Bob tell us about the origins of Killer BOB?
The author of the diary speaks about his friend Denver Bob – initials D.B. – who is surveying the land while he sets up the tent. Denver Bob thinks the platforms are graves or some religious shit, the author writes.
Twin Peaks fans can’t help thinking of ‘Killer BOB’ when hearing the name Denver Bob. Perhaps Denver Bob became an early – possibly the first – vessel for the evil in Twin Peaks woods?
Maybe in search of the gold, they found Killer BOB’s dwelling place. Was the map that was supposed to lead to a gold mine actually sending these two men to the Owl Cave? Denver Bob might have turned into Killer BOB when he entered the Black Lodge, after deciphering the Owl Cave’s petroglyphs.
New Twin Peaks TV show: Great Northern Hotel built on ancient Native American burial place?
The author of the diary mentioned a Native American burial place near where he set up camp. A place near a big, fast stream. Was the camp of this region’s first new entrants situated near the White Tail falls? At the exact same location where in 1923 Joseph Horne would build the Great Northern Hotel?
The Shining’s Overlook Hotel was built on an Indian burial ground
Many film critics agree that the hidden theme of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ is the repressed history of Native American genocide. First referred to by the hotel manager as he explains to Jack and Wendy: “The site is supposed to be located on an Indian burial ground, and I believe they actually had to repel a few Indian attacks as they were building it.”
Just like the Great Northern Hotel, the Overlook Hotel features Indian artwork in wall decoration, carpets and ornaments. The blood that wells out of the elevator shaft in one of the most frightening scenes of ‘The Shining’, is the blood upon which this nation was built, as was the Overlook Hotel.
Great Northern Hotel: Early references to ‘The Shining’ and Overlook Hotel
Both have plenty of Native American references
The Shining – From interior decoration to food brands and Wendy’s outfit
Twin Peaks – From interior decoration to Johnny Horne’s outfit
Exact same phrase
The Shining – All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Twin Peaks – All work and no play make Ben and Jerry dull boys
Supernatural elements in both The Great Northern and Overlook Hotel
The Shining – An unfriendly spirit dressed like a waiter pays a visit
Twin Peaks – A friendly spirit dressed like a waiter pays a visit
The Shining – The Boy talks backwards
Twin Peaks – The little man from another place talks backwards
Will Native American mythology be a big theme in the new Twin Peaks TV show?
It certainly looks like the legends of Deputy Hawk’s people will play an important part in Season 3’s storytelling. As they did in Season 1 and 2. Keep in mind Deputy Hawk is first to mention the White Lodge and the Black Lodge.
We’re just guessing, but there’s a chance we will learn The Great Northern Hotel was built on an old, Native American cemetery. Just like the Overlook Hotel in The Shining, which bears many similarities to Twin Peaks’ most famous hotel.
What do you think? Leave us your comments. – We look forward to reading about where you think the new Twin Peaks TV show is heading! In our next blog post we will be exploring more of the material shown in ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’ video!
Clue No 2: An interoffice Memorandum from Gordon Cole to an unknown special agent
Both Showtime and the creators of the new Twin Peaks TV show have been scarce with information, until now. On July 27, 2016 Mark Frost shared via Twitter a new teaser video for his upcoming novel ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’.
Mark Frost’s new book is believed to be an entry point to Twin Peaks Season 3 and a must read for any true Twin Peaks fan. The newly released video contains clues for Twin Peaks fans taking the effort of reading the shown documents.
New Video – ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’
Mark Frost’s ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’ is promoted as the story millions of fans have been waiting for more than 25 years. The upcoming book will tell about the findings of a female FBI Agent T. P. who is asked to investigate a box that holds documents on the strange town of Twin Peaks.
Mark Frost’s book promo video has fans around the world contemplating on what the shown documents are telling us about where the new Twin Peaks TV show is heading.
Twin Peaks Season 3: Clue No. 2
The retrieved box is accompanied by an interoffice memorandum from Gordon Cole. The letter says all material in the box is confident and for FBI agent T.P.’s eyes only. Classified three levels above top secret.
The dossier was recovered on July 17, 2016 at a crime scene that is still under active investigation. Gordon Cole wants to find the person or persons responsible for compiling the dossier.
The content of the dossier seems to have some relationship to an investigation conducted by Special Agent Dale Cooper, who worked under Gordon Cole’s command at that time.
The 1989 murder case of a young woman named Laura Palmer is considered closed but certain aspects of it may be relevant to analysing the content of this newly found dossier. That’s why special agent T.P. is also granted access to Agent Cooper’s files and tapes.
New female FBI agent protagonist of new Twin Peaks TV show?
Dale Cooper seems to be no longer working for Gordon Cole. Has Cooper quit the FBI? Or has Cooper just changed supervisor?
It looks like, in Twin Peaks Season 3, the new female FBI agent might be leading the investigation. The memorandum’s P.S. certainly hints on more to do for agent T.P. once she finishes examination of the box’ content.
If the new Twin Peaks TV show is going to be a whodunit, the person leading the investigation will be the protagonist. Chances are that will be agent T.P., not agent Dale Cooper.
This leaves us with one important question…
Who will play this new, female FBI agent in the new Twin Peaks TV show?
As the protagonist will largely determine the viewer’s perspective, personally I’d like to see some kind of female version of Agent Cooper. Showing the same quirkiness and unorthodox methods.
As I come to think of it, Gordon Cole might want someone with the same openness of mind and modus operandi to lead the new investigation.
In our next blog post we will be exploring more of the material shown in ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’ video!
Clue No 1: A post package from Gordon Cole to T______ P_____
So far we didn’t know much about the plot of Twin Peaks Season 3. That all changed yesterday when Mark Frost tweeted a new teaser video for his upcoming novel ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’, that will prepare us for the new Twin Peaks TV show.
The freshly released video offers numerous of clues to Twin Peaks fans who are willing to take the effort of pausing the video and read the shown documents. Time travel or multiple time dimensions seems to be one aspect of the new Twin Peaks TV show suggested in this video.
New Video – ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’
Twenty-five years after the murder of Laura Palmer, the FBI gets a hold of a box. In the box, they find a huge dossier on the town of Twin Peaks.
A female FBI agent is tasked to analyse all the documents inside. She also has to determine the identity of the person who compiled the dossier.
The video shows the box is sent by Gordon Cole, agent Cooper’s supervisor who still operates from Philadelphia. The receiver’s address has been partly blacked out. The box is adressed to a T______ P_____ in Twin Peaks. Could that last name be ‘Palmer’?
Keeps us guessing, doesn’t it? A family member of Laura Palmer that joined the FBI? Another cousin?
Funny detail: the ZIP code WA 98065 is that of the city of Snoqualmie, where most outdoor scenes of the Twin Peaks TV show were shot.
Time travel in new Twin Peaks TV show?
Remarkably the post package is dated August 3, 2016 while the video was released July 27, 2016. Did something or someone press Mark Frost into releasing the new video a little earlier than the planned date?
Or is the post package deliberately dated in the future as a reference to time traveling? The theme of time travel came up in both the Twin Peaks TV show and the movie ‘Fire Walk With Me’.
Twin Peaks Reboot: information was scarce, until now
Since then, curious Twin Peaks fans didn’t get much to go on. Up to now, two promo videos have been released: A very short one showing the dancing dwarf and a longer one based on an interview with Michael Horse, who plays deputy Hawk.
We also got the official 217-members cast list, which had some surprises in store but didn’t tell you much about storylines to expect from Twin Peaks Season 3.
Mark Frost’s upcoming book ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’, however, introduces brand new elements to Twin Peaks fans. The new video sure delivered what Twin Peaks fans have been waiting for.
The new video makes me think this new Twin Peaks TV show is actually going to be really good. In our next blog post we will be exploring more of the material shown in ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’ video!
Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost was the one to break the news that Twin Peaks won’t return until sometime in 2017 when he told the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: “The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time.”
“We’re coming back with season three of ‘Twin Peaks’ after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out sometime in 2017.”
Showtime CEO David Nevins later stated there’s still hope for a Season 3 in 2016: “I want it as badly and as soon as the biggest fans in the world. I’m hoping we make 2016; it’s not clear. Bottom line is I’ll take it when they’re ready with it… but I’m hoping sooner rather than later.”
So what do we make out of this?
Showtime still likes Twin Peaks Season 3 to be aired in 2016 but it does not put pressure on the creators. And that’s a good thing!
It shows Showtime is aiming at quality instead of trying to achieve quick and cheap success. Showtime is giving David Lynch enormous creative control, more than others.
Mark Frost clearly feels he and Lynch might come under time pressure when they need to finish up in 2016. They want to take their time for the post production and editing process.
How many episodes will Twin Peaks Season 3 have?
First it was announced it would be nine episodes. Then it became clear that it was going to take more than nine episodes, which was the originally planned-for and budgeted-for length of Twin Peaks Season 3.
The creators and Showtime had to work out the creative and financial details, which took longer than expected. They eventually got through it and filming will start in September 2016.
At the Crypticon event in May Sherilyn Fenn revealed Twin Peaks season 3 would include eighteen episodes, double of the first announced nine episodes. It seems she has spoken before her turn as Showtime’s CEO David Nevins now claims: “I expect the series be more than nine. I know what his shooting schedule is, and then I’m going to let him cut into it however many episodes it feels best at.”
So what do we make of all of this?
The episode count is expected to be formulated during the post-production process. It’s hard to imagine there’s nothing on paper about the duration of Twin Peaks Season 3. I suppose duration is defined in the contract by number of hours, not by number of episodes.
You could have a first episode that’s double the length, which could serve as a pilot. I doubt though whether it’s a good idea to have different durations for each episode. It would give David Lynch some extra creative freedom when he isn’t forced to end an episode but there could hide danger in tempering with the typical TV format or in getting rid of cliff-hangers.
So will there be 18 hours of film? We don’t know. The only thing we know for sure is what David Nevins told us: “David Lynch will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours.” My guess is that it’s going to be between nine and eighteen episodes.
Who from the original Twin Peaks characters will return?
According to David Nevins Twin Peaks fans can expect ‘familiar faces’ to join confirmed returning cast member Kyle MacLachlan. “You should be optimistic that the people that you want back will be there, and then there will be some surprises in addition.”
So what do we make of all this?
The only confirmed returning cast member is Kyle MacLachlan who plays special agent Dale Cooper. We assume that Twin Peaks’ creators want more series regulars to return, but none have officially been announced.
Many old cast members have shared their interest in returning to Twin Peaks on social media. Even David Duchovny who played a cross-dressing DEA agent before becoming known as Fox Mulder in the X-files, doesn’t rule out returning to Twin Peaks: “Stranger things have happened.”
Who will be the added surprises? Some Twin Peaks fans hope “Fire Walk With Me” cast members Chris Isaak and David Bowie will be among the surprises. UFO enthousiasts hope to see David Duchovny show up when Project Bluebook turns out to include a file on the town of Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks Season 3: “David Lynch, it’s his show. He deserves it.”
Showtime CEO David Nevins is giving the creators enormous creative control. More than others. No doubt part of Showtime’s agreement with Lynch hinged upon his complete creative control over the finished series of episodes.
So what do we make of all this?
It sounds pretty much like David Lynch has got director’s cut. I suppose the only one standing in the way of David Lynch’s strange twists now, might be Mark Frost. He will be guarding the screenplay that he has written and make sure Lynch does not divert too much from it.
Will Twin Peaks Season 3 answer some of the unanswered questions?
At The Edinburgh International Television Festival David Nevins stated: “I feel like it’s satisfying. If you’ve watched the first round, it answers questions and is an incredible journey. It ends with definitiveness. It’s just a great exploration of those characters and I think there should be some very fun new characters as well.”
So what do we make of all this?
The script that Nevins has read ends with “definitiveness”. Since he has lots of creative freedom there is little guarantee though that David Lynch will stay close to the script.
Some of the unanswered questions:
What happened to FBI agents Dale Cooper, Chester Desmond and Phillip Jeffries?
Did Benjamin and Audrey Horne survive Twin Peaks Season 2’s finale?
Does the Hayward family harbour a dark secret?
Where did BOB go?
What was the giant’s message “The owls are not what they seem” all about?
Has the Ghostwood Estates project been stopped?
Has the pine weasel been saved?
Will the town of Twin Peaks ever hear of Leo Johnson again?
Did Ed Hurly and Norma Jennings get together?
Are the White and Black lodge more than town legends?
How can Cooper and Laura have had the same dream?
Why does the little man from another place eat garmonbozia?
Where is the convenience store above which one-armed man Mike used to live?
Will Shelly find happiness with Bobby Briggs?
Will Cooper’s former partner Windom Earle be back?
Carefully studying this list of unanswered questions gives an idea of possible plotlines for Twin Peaks Season 3.
Mark Frost sees Twin Peaks Season 3 as a wonderful opportunity to close the circle: “First and foremost, it’s a wonderful chance to work together with a very good, dear friend.
Will there be new music composed for Twin Peaks Season 3?
The usually very reliable TVLine reports that Angelo Badalamenti, the man responsible for the original show’s haunting, iconic soundtrack, has already started work on music for the new episodes.
So what do we make of all this?
Big question is whether David Lynch will replace the old, iconic Twin Peaks theme song (“Falling” with Julee Cruise vocals) with a new one?
Composer Badalamenti is a big fan of Julee Cruise: “She sings like an angel, with a pure, ethereal tone. There’s nobody like Julee.” So there’s a big chance she’ll be back as well. Will she be singing songs in the Roadhouse and maybe do vocals on the new Twin Peaks theme?
Is there any way to satisfy all Twin Peaks fans?
It will be difficult to satisfy all Twin Peaks fans for 100%. There will always be people who love the new Twin Peaks series and people who’ll hate it.
It all depends on what you’re expecting. When the movie “Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me” premiered in 1992, lots of fans didn’t like it because it had another tone and vibe than the Twin Peaks TV series.
Don’t expect Twin Peaks Season 3 to be identical to Season 1 and 2. After all, it’s 25 years later! That should reflect in the story, the characters, the mood and maybe even in the film techniques and special effects.
For Twin Peaks fans it will be satisfying anyhow when unanswered questions from Season 1 and 2 get answered. So sit back and take Twin Peaks Season 3 as it comes. It won’t be long now.
Mark Frost will write and produce Twin Peaks season 3
“The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time.”
Twin Peaks Reboot Pushed to 2017, co-creator Mark Frost says
Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost told the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum that the series won’t return until sometime in 2017. Frost is writing the scripts for Twin Peaks Season 3.
“The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time.” says Frost. “We’re coming back with season three of ‘Twin Peaks’ after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out sometime in 2017.”
Twin Peaks: Written by Mark Frost, David Lynch & Others
Mark Frost and David Lynch jointly developed the stories for the Twin Peaks pilot and the first season. Frost was executive story editor of the second season. One can hardly over-estimate the importance of Mark Frost’s screen writing to the Twin Peaks TV series’ success. Reading Frost’s novels reveals that much of the supernatural and mystical aspects of Twin Peaks attributed to Lynch might have come from Frost. Besides Lynch and Frost, writers Harley Peyton and Robert Engels have worked on some of the scripts of Twin Peaks Season 1 and Season 2.
Early works of Mark Frost – Twin Peaks influence
Mark Frost writes the original screenplay for Scared stiff. A movie about a singer who gets hounted by strange visions when she and her boyfriend-psychiatrist move into the old house that is haunted by the ghost of a slave owner.
Hill Street Blues
Many episodes were written by Mark Frost. Hill Street Blues is a police drama that aired 1981 to 1987. The TV series shows the lives and work of an overworked, under-staffed inner city police precinct.
Hill Street Blues won 59 Golden Globes and Emmy Awards amongst which for outstanding writing.
The Equalizer was an American crime drama television series. It told the story of a retired intelligence officer with a mysterious past, who exacts vigilante justice on behalf of innocent people who are hopelessly trapped in dangerous circumstances.
Mark Frost wrote the episodes “No conscience” and “Wash-up”.
Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks cameo’s
Mark Frost on television after the mill burns.
Just like co-creator David Lynch does a cameo, Mark Frost shows up in a small Twin Peaks scene. He’s on television in Twin Peaks after the mill burns.
Who shot Dale Cooper? Mark Frost did!
One of the most talked about scenes is Twin Peaks Season 1’s cliff-hanger where special agent Dale Cooper gets shot. Cooper answers a knock on his hotel room’s door. When he opens he sees a masked figure and gloved hand. Three shots are fired. It looks like Mark Frost has been operating as a stand-in during the taking of this scene.
Mark frost is the son of Warren Frost who plays Dr. Hayward in the Twin Peaks TV series.
David Lynch is back on board of the Twin Peaks reboot some weeks after he announced his withdrawal from the show. It’s a big relief for Twin Peaks fans who didn’t think it could be done without having both David Lynch and Mark Frost on board.
Lynch’ unique cinematic style and vision are believed by many to be essential elements in the creation of the wonderful and strange TV show. Twin Peaks is consistent with Lynch’ work as a whole. Its unsettling tone, its campy, melodramatic portrayal of quirky characters engaged in morally dubious activities reflects a bizarrely comical parody of American soap operas.
Twin Peaks: Produced by David Lynch & Mark Frost
Twin Peaks is part horror, part neo-noir, part comedy, part melodrama and part soap. When it debuted in 1990, Twin Peaks was like nothing else that had ever aired on television.
David Lynch and Mark Frost had created an eerie story of an FBI agent, who comes to the town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of a high school girl named Laura Palmer.
The murder mystery was only the entry point into a bizarre world featuring a one-armed man, a dancing dwarf and a malevolent spirit named BOB hiding behind Laura Palmer’s bed. Twin Peaks became a huge hit.
It remains one of the most influential shows in television history, with its involvement of a noted movie director, its willingness to take audiences to far-out places. In many ways, it was far ahead of its time.
Early works of David Lynch – Twin Peaks influence
Fans often speak about scenes being “Lynchian” when referring to David Lynch’ surrealist, neo-noir style that magically captures the spirit of America itself.
Much of Twin Peaks’ symbolism and themes can be found in David Lynch’ early works.
Eraserhead is a surrealist body horror film written and directed by David Lynch. Shot in black-and-white, Eraserhead is Lynch’s first feature-length film, coming after several short movies.
Eraserhead has in common with Twin Peaks its surrealist imagery, sexual undercurrents and intricate sound design.
Eraserhead marked Lynch’ first collaboration with Jack Nance, an actor who would later play Pete Martell in Twin Peaks. Charlotte Stewart who plays Mary in Eraserhead is Betty Briggs in Twin Peaks.
One remarkable visual element in Eraserhead…
… that returns in Twin Peaks: the floor at the black lodge.
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Elephant Man’s plot is carried by the lead character’s dreams. Just like Twin Peaks this movie shows characters engaged in morally dubious activities.
Kyle Maclachlan (Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks) is casted as the lead. The film also stars Everett McGill who later played Ed Hurley in Twin Peaks.
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet revolves around a college student named Jeffrey Beaumont (played by Kyle Maclachlan, Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks) who finds a cut off ear in a field. While investigating where the ear came from, Jeffrey seems to combine characteristics of both a detective and a pervert.
Blue Velvet plays in a town called Lumberton, which is just like Twin Peaks a logging town. Behind the picket fence and the roses in the opening shot, lie the dark secrets of this at first sight lovely town.
Dennis Hopper plays the evil Frank who bears many similarities with BOB in Twin Peaks. Jack Nance (Pete Martell in Twin Peaks) plays an accomplice of Frank.
Wild at heart (1990)
Three Twin Peaks actors star in David Lynch’ Wild at heart. Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks) plays a girl who can’t find her wallet after a severe car accident. Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks) plays the good witch. Jack Nance (Pete Martell in Twin Peaks) does a cameo.
Fire plays an important part in Wild at heart, just like it did in Twin Peaks.
Unique cinematic style of David Lynch essential for Twin Peaks 2016
“I was not so sure about the dwarf” says Mark Frost in an interview. While filming Twin Peaks David Lynch did not always follow the script. David Lynch likes to add scenes that don’t have any context.
Under David Lynch’ guidance things that happened by accident found their way into the Twin Peaks story. Frank Silva (BOB) was a set designer. At one point during shooting in Laura Palmer’s bed room David Lynch thought he’d look great being trapped behind Laura Palmer’s bed. When a reflection of Frank Silva in a mirror was later captured, Lynch decided to keep it in the series and Frank was given the role of BOB.
We’re not sure where Twin Peaks’ season 3 will lead us but we have a slight feeling it could be a place both wonderful & strange.
It’s been a wild couple of months for Twin Peaks fans and social media have been raging about the Twin Peaks reboot.
David Lynch is back with the project. And the news keeps on getting better. At the Crypticon event in Seattle Sherilyn Fenn (who plays Audrey Horne) revealed Twin Peaks season 3 would include eighteen episodes, double of the first announced nine episodes.
Angelo Badalamenti is composing brand new music and Twin Peaks Season 3 will be shot on location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, including North Bend and Snoqualmie, WA.
One final revelation at Crypticon: Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, WA, will be restored as the original Double R Diner set.
Twin Peaks reboot first announced in October 2014
On October 3rd 2014 David Lynch and Mark Frost started off a Twin Peaks revival with a simultaneous post on their Twitter profile: “Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee”
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee
As Twin Peaks fans know, when two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry we must always pay strict attention. Both tweets were published at 11:30 AM, which is the exact time Dale Cooper enters the town of Twin Peaks.
Soon rumours were abound that a Twin Peaks reboot was in the works, which was later confirmed in a press release by Showtime, a subsidiary of CBS Corporation that promised to bring us Twin Peaks’ season 3, a limited series of nine episodes. David Lynch would direct all nine. The show was expected to hit TV screens in 2016.
Twin Peaks Season 3: “There are complications”
On April 5th 2015, David Lynch withdrew from the show, explaining that not enough money was offered to do the script the way he felt it needed to be done. He added:
“This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.”
Showtime later confirmed that Lynch had exited the reboot, but didn’t confirm whether the new Twin Peaks series would continue without him:
“We were saddened to read David Lynch’ statement today, since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. Showtime also loves the world of Twin Peaks, and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.”
Twin Peaks 2016: Is it happening again?
Weeks went by without any official statement neither from Showtime nor from David Lynch. Some members of the cast recorded a personal video message begging for Lynch to return.
Social media were buzzing with Twin Peaks’ fans asking Showtime to get David Lynch back on board. An online petition was signed by Twin Peaks fans from all over the world. A so-called Thunderclap was created, automatically posting the same message to the social media account of thousands of subscribers:
“Let David Lynch and Mark Frost brew damn good coffee for Twin Peaks together. Showtime, please #SaveTwinPeaks!”
On May 16th 2015 David Lynch finally posted a reassuring tweet:
Dear Twitter Friends, the rumors are not what they seem ….. It is !!! Happening again. #TwinPeaks returns on @SHO_Network
Showtime president David Nevins confirmed the news in a statement. “This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever,” he said. “Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours.”