In the last episode of Twin Peaks, Laura Palmer made a promise to “see you in 25 years.” Well, it’s been a torturously long wait, but that deadline has expired and the show’s much-anticipated return is now just two months away.
Typically for a Lynch project, we have absolutely no idea what to expect from this new series, with only a smattering of teaser posters to whet our appetites. But now we finally have a glimpse of what we’ll see, courtesy of EW publishing a few images of some familiar faces (and a couple of newcomers).
The photos show us the return of Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings, Madchen Amick as Shelly Johnson, James Marshall as James Hurley, David Duchovny as Denise Bryson, and Miguel Ferrer (who sadly died in January) as Albert Rosenfield. It’s got to be a good omen that we see Lynch reprising his guest role as hearing-impaired FBI chief Gordon Cole as well, as he’s always a welcome on-screen presence.
Time has been suspiciously kind to most of these performers, and it’s faintly surreal how familiar they look in the roles despite having been absent from our screens for a quarter century. Still, the stage is obviously set for more nightmarish small-town delvings into darkness, punctuated only by a cup of damn good coffee and a slice of cherry pie at the Double R Diner.
Expectations are dangerously sky-high for this revival. The original series captured lightning in a bottle and was like nothing else on television at the time. With the medium having advanced leaps and bounds in quality since then, will Twin Peaks still make an impact? Knowing David Lynch, I’m betting it will.