“She’s dead, wrapped in plastic.And with those opening words of the cult classic, the world was introduced to Laura Palmer. Her body, found along the banks of a lake, was blue from hypothermia. She was wrapped in plastic. Last October through December, I found myself encapsulated in the world of “Twin Peaks.” Oddly enough, at first I hated it. I approached the show thinking it would be a predecessor to “True Detective,” stylistically and in tone. However, this wasn't the case.

Instead, the show had offbeat humor with a soap opera vibe and jazz music as its choice to transition from scene to scene. Throughout the series, there was a parade of characters that were, by far, the most eccentric to ever grace a television screen.


And I had no idea what I was watching

But then it started to change, once I got to the middle of season one. The supernatural elements started to find themselves sprinkled throughout, and the focus on “Who killed Laura Palmer,” the girl in plastic, began to intrigue me. I started to develop an understanding of the offbeat humor and the zaniness of some of the supporting characters.

My issue with the original series, however, was really with the characters outside of the Laura Palmer case. While everyone in the town of "Twin Peaks" was directly or indirectly affected by her death, their story’s evolved independently of the tragedy. And quite frankly, those stories weren’t very interesting.

I had no love for Nadine, James, Leo, or really anyone who wasn’t Dale Cooper, Sheriff Truman, The Palmer Family, or any of the otherworldly characters.


Big Ed and Norma, Hawk, and Lucy were likable enough, but whenever the story tried to expand and focus on something other than “Who killed Laura Palmer,” it fell short.

Eventually, we got the cliffhanger of season one

Who shot Dale Cooper? The series took a similar tactic of the powerhouse primetime soap, "Dallas" and created its own "who shot J.R.?" leading us into season two.

Those subtle moments of the supernatural in season one could have been passed off as characters hallucinating due to grief. However, those moments were full-on supernatural in season two. Based on some reading, I discovered that those elements led to a divide amongst fans during the time. The supernatural is the thing that got me hooked! The writers developed a lore that wasn’t wholly established, and yet it worked in the confines of the show.

As they added new and weirder elements to the lore, it seemed to make sense.


At no point did it come across like they were playing fast and loose with some concepts they stumbled upon; it all felt like it fit within the realms of the show’s mythos.

Mid-way through season two they revealed Laura Palmer’s killer

And it was one of the show's best episodes. The only problem, as Laura's killer was confessing, "they" (I am using this pronoun as to not spoil it for anyone who has yet to see "Twin Peaks") set up several questions, which gave the impression to viewers that those questions would be tackled moving forward in the series. Yet, they didn’t. At least not for another 25 years.

The narrative was lost without its main engine, "Who Killed Laura," and the show rambled like an incoherent drunk for the majority of the second half. It began to find new footing with the character Windom Earle, but with over-the-top soap opera acting, I found myself unable to invest in the character.

Then, not to mention, the quarrels among the actors off screen were plaguing the characters and changing their direction on screen. Lara Flynn Boyle was dating Kyle MacLachlan at the time, but their on-screen counterparts, Donna Hayward and Dale Cooper, where not. Sherilyn Fenn’s character Audrey Horne was the person in love with MacLachlan’s character. Fenn and Boyle did not like each other and thus Fenn and MacLachlan sharing all of the screen time hit a nerve with Boyle. So, new characters were introduced, further changing the dynamics and narrative.

However, all of that nonsense can actually be put aside because the season two finale was horrifying. Though it brought answers, it ended up asserting a million more questions and it was pure genius.

Sheryl Lee’s blood-curdling scream

I think the beauty of the original series was that nothing was flat-out explained in terms of the show's lore. So, in the interim of 25 years (which the writers somehow predicted would be the time frame before they returned) people had nothing but speculation. Fanzine “Wrapped in Plastic” (a fan-made magazine) was the main source of fan wonder.

Leading up to the return, dozens of podcasts like “Twin Peaks: The Gifted and the Damned” or “Twin Peaks Unwrapped” (both of which were my personal favorites) supplied the same fix. And even after the return, a new fanzine “Blue Rose Magazine” continues to speculate until hopefully, another season graces our TV screens.

When the movie, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” came out, it dropped all the soap opera-esque tones and offered a glimpse into the life of Laura Palmer, letting us see her for the first time (even though the actress did appear in the series as Laura’s cousin Maddy, we never saw a living Laura).

The movie, however, was ultimately a waste. It gave little to no new information in the overall story. Most of, if not all of the movie's events were discussed in the series (as the movie serves as a prequel), and in some cases, the writers retconned elements (like the ring, for example, which never appeared in "Twin Peaks").

Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces,” which was an accumulation of deleted scenes from “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” presented as the second half of the film, didn’t bring much to the table either. But just as the writers waited to answer those questions proposed by the killer, the movie began to have new meaning as the show returned in 2017.

The return of 'Twin Peaks' gave fans 18-hours of the new story

And that may have been nine too many. Originally meant to only be a nine-part series, they doubled it and I think that hurt the show. For much of the return of "Twin Peaks," it dragged on, with Dale Cooper's plot seeming to be aimless. Additionally, many other storylines wrapped up having little relevance in the overall story.

However, they re-worked the movie into the lore, even revisiting several scenes ala “Back To The Future” style. Not only did the show answer the questions proposed by the killer in the original (like why “they” wanted Laura), it also brought answers to the movie, including the major point of confusion for viewers, “who’s Judy.” The new series even played with timelines in a fashion fit for the “Terminator” films.

The cliffhanger topped the original

Or so I thought. Many of the cast members died in between the original and the return, one of which was Frank Silva, who played Bob, one of the supernatural figures. In his big climactic moment of the return, a new, random character faced him off; all the while Bob was a literal ball, floating around.

Watch the above scene and compare it with the one below. One is horrifying while the other is very cheesy, with poor special effects. It didn’t live up to the terrifying presence that Frank Silva brought to the screen. Perhaps, the use of a body double with his face could have been done, but anything would’ve been better than the Bob Orb.

Additionally, while I like it, the cliffhanger of the return "Twin Peaks" comes out of nowhere. In contrast, the original series ending was built towards. While I love Part-18 of the return, it serves more as an epilogue to a book, rather than the finale. Despite the horrible Bob scene, Part-17 felt like it was the conclusion.

The two parts of the finale of the return "Twin Peaks" act as bookends to each other. My problem, however, was that this left the majority of the season feeling unneeded. Little of the other 16 episodes found relevance in these last two, minus some exceptions. However, this season of "Twin Peaks" still allowed for the speculation that I was so fond of while watching the original.

While I loved reading both books, they sought to explain a lot of the lore, to the point where the mythos lost some of its mystery.

The beauty and magic of "Twin Peaks," I believe was the speculation it created among fans. That helped build up the show and its stories. There were no right answers and all the theory’s made sense and had evidence for support. But "The Secret History of Twin Peaks" and "Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier" brought answers that were singular.

In other words, the series played with various ideas involving aliens, demons, and black magic. They never clarified what specifically anything was. The books did, however, and therefore depreciated the mystique that the lore brought to the show.

The other two books that completed the narrative were “The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer” and “The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes.”

With that, you have the world of ‘Twin Peaks’

Like anything, it’s flawed, but there’s an undeniable magic within this show. If you can let go of any preconceived notions and simply allow the show to unfold before you, you’re in for a real treat of something special. At the very least, you can “Clockwork Orange” yourself and forcibly make your way to the season two finale, because it’s just a “damn good cup of coffee,” as Dale Cooper would say.