‘Twin Peaks’ Binge

(Above: Kyle MacLachlin. Source: IMDb)

This weekend Decades will air a marathon of David Lynch’s original Twin Peaks series.

The binge starts tomorrow, October 19, at 2 pm ET, concluding Monday, October 21 at 5 am (check Decades.com/binge for airtime in your area).

We’re not sure what to make of the schedule on the Decades website. The marathon begins Saturday afternoon with the series’ second episode, “Traces to Nowhere.” The two-hour pilot airs the next day at 8 pm. That could prove problematic given the intricate whodunnit structure of the series which requires paying careful attention to details of previous episodes. On the other hand, that might not matter to die-hard fans.

The mystery of who killed Laura Palmer was a national obsession when Twin Peaks debuted in 1990. Angelo Badalamenti’s haunting score, combined with the warmly lit interiors and eerie exterior shots of the Pacific Northwest, produced a seductively surreal feel.

The cast featured Michael Ontkean, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Richard Beymer, Dana Ashcroft, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Joan Chen and David Lynch. Humorous supporting characters included The Log Lady (Catherine E. Coulsen), Nadine Hurley (Wendy Robie) and Special Agent Albert Rosenfeld (Miguel Ferrer). Last, but not least, Kyle MacLachlin’s Dale Cooper may have been the best FBI agent ever to take to the small or big screen.

Yet, despite its winning formula, much of the audience lost patience with Lynch’s confusing, never-ending trail of supernatural clues. Twin Peaks mania proved short-lived, lasting just 30 episodes over two seasons before ABC cancelled the show in 1991.

For a complete Decades schedule, visit decades.com/schedule. To find where you can see Decades free over the air via antenna, or via cable/satellite/telco, visit the channel’s “Where to Watch” page.

If you don’t get Decades, you can stream Twin Peaks episodes with a Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or CBS All Access subscription; or buy individual episodes starting at $1.99 from YouTube, iTunes or other providers.

Twin Peaks’ Before and After-Life

In 1992, Lynch released a prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, in theaters. The film chronicled the last days of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), with cameos by MacLachlin and some other cast members from the show. You can stream it with a subscription to The Criterion Channel; or rent it from $2.99 via Vudu, Amazon or other sources.

Then in 2017, Twin Peaks made its glorious return to Showtime with 18 episodes featuring most of the original cast. The plot picks up 25 years after the final episode of the original series, when Agent Cooper disappeared into the Black Lodge. It also stars the late Robert Forster as Sheriff Frank Truman. You can stream the Showtime series via a subscription to Showtime, Amazon Prime’s add-on Showtime channel; or buy individual episodes for $1.99 from Google Play, Vudu, Amazon or YouTube.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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