Twin Peaks is about celebrating its 30th anniversary, with the iconic pilot of the show by David Lynch and Mark Frost first airing on April 8, 1990. In celebration of the milestone – and to give everyone self-isolating something to do – Kyle MacLachlan will be hosting a live rewatch online this week.
The rewatch will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at 11:30 a.m. PT 4:30 p.m. ET via Twitter, with special agent Dale Cooper himself leading the online event. Following that, MacLachlan will head to Instagram live at 1:20 p.m. PT for a follow-up event, where he testing a special guest may appear. Thirty years ago, on April 8, 1990, one of the television’s most influential series premiered “Twin Peaks”.
There something timeless about the series, which arrived at the cusp of one decade and channeled several others. With its combination of high pitched soap opera and low-frequency supernatural hum, Twin Peaks was always bound to be one of the weirder show ever to air on American television. Twenty-five years after ABC aired what was presumed to be the series’s final episode, Showtime brought it back for a run titled “Twin Peaks: The Return”.
It’s a languorous, idiosyncratic and deeply bizarre television project. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Twin Peaks, firewall with us through some of The Times best writing on the series. If you only watch one episode, have time for three or seven.
Don’t just rewatch the pilot, she wrote. Instead watch 3episode, Zen, or the skill to watch a killer, which is a fuller representation of the show outlook. This is when the show’s more out-there ideas really emerge. The episode features Special Agent Dale Cooper taking the Twin Peaks law enforcement officer out to the woods to try an unusual technique: throwing rocks at a glass bottle to determine which suspects to pursue the murder of Laura Palmer. He also delivers a mini-lecture on Tibetan Buddhism.