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Kyle MacLachlan Plans to Resurrect Twin Peaks, Career

We have the news story of the week (if not the month) right here, at least for ourselves, anyway. That loveable Kyle “I’ve seen him in something before but don’t know what” MacLachlan has suggested resurrecting Twin Peaks in the form of “webisodes” and exclusive on-line content. I’m really of two minds about the idea. Part of me thinks that this boldly innovative show is the right choice to lead the charge into web-exclusive content for classic television. The other part of me thinks that Twin Peaks is so 1992 and that it should be allowed rest in peace.

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For those unfamiliar with the show, it followed the investigation into the murder of a prom queen in a small east coast town headed by a diligent FBI agent played by MacLachlan. Most people remember it for its truly bizarre moments (memorably pastiched in the Simpsons several times), but it was also a very biting satire of small town American life, with a bit of melodramatic soap opera thrown in to boot. It was odd, it was quirky, and it was sometimes downright frustrating. However, it was the show to watch in it first year and paved the way for more adventurous television drama. It’s an acquired taste, to be sure, but it’s damn good pie.

Anyway, MacLachlan concedes that David Lynch is unlikely to get involved with the webshow – should it happen. I’ve never known what to make of Lynch. When he’s good (Blue Velvet, The Straight Story, Mulhullound Drive), he’s great. When he’s terrible (Dune, Inland Empire), he’s awful – and self-indulgently terrible to boot. At least he is original though. I had the pleasure to see him in Trinity when he spoke nearly two years ago now and it seems like he’s focused a lot on transcendental meditation. Part of me wonders if Twin Peaks could work without Lynch, but that really doesn’t bother me too much – and he is one of the few directors I would say that of. He’s never done a sequel, and I can’t see returning to ground he plowed twenty years previously.

On the other hand, MacLachlan has been coating since the show went off the air. His role was iconic and generated a fair bit of buzz (and an Emmy nomination). He’s still a recognisable face – from shows like Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives – and has made several feature film attempts (we’ve forgiven him for Showgirls). We can see how he’d be keen to return, and we aren’t complaining. You can  never have too much Kyle MacLachlan.

My main reason for hesitation comes from the fact that the show is so old. It ran two years and had a prequel movie to wrap up affairs. Yes, it was a great and hugely influential show (and you can make the case that it should lead the charge to webisodes purely on that basis), but it’s not fresh anymore. I do think that exclusive web-based production may be the way to go for shows shunted off the airwaves (in particular shows with strong fanbases like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Pushing Daisies), but I think it really should happen to a relatively recent show. I don’t see low budget web productions of a show most of the youth have never heard of striking a pop cultural chord, though I would love to be proven wrong.

Still, if MacLachlan can pull it off, count me in.

3 Responses

  1. […] The Black Lagoon to compliment The Wolfman being released later this year. Kyle MacLachlin is also attempting to release new Twin Peaks on new media. That made our day and we’ll check it out if it ever comes to fruition. We also considered […]

  2. WTF does “so 1992” mean exactly? It is the very definition of timeless. Between the 1960’s and now, only Twin Peaks and Lost have come close to matching the genius and originality of Patrick McGoohan’s seminal 1967 show The Prisoner. Two shows in over 40 years… that is how rare true genius and originality come around.

    David Lynch is the perfect candidate to lead the charge of TV onto the internet (forgetting previous half-arsed attempts), as lord knows… something has to change. America’s stupid and outdated Nielsen rating system is throttling the life out of good TV, slowly and surely, and we need a killer web series to turn the heads of TV execs and show them a new way. The only reservations I have are that it is far too precious to risk dragging the names Lynch and Twin Peaks through the mud. But saying “so 1992” is just silly, frankly.

    • Hey, I love the show, first of all. But I do think that the television series was revolutionary when it was produced and was one of those incredibly television shows in the late eighties and early nineties that I think really pushed what you could do in the medium. Without Twin Peaks, you wouldn’t have Lost and I dare say that The X-Files would have been a very different show.

      However, that said, I can’t help but worry that pulling the series out a time when it was so defining and iconic only sets it up for failure. Compare it to the two other success stories of that era – the Simpsons and the X-Files. Nobody will argue that they two of them were anywhere near as influential or important coming into the naughties as they were during the nineties. If I have to choose between no Twin Peaks and eighth- or ninth-season-X-Files- (or odd-teenth-season-Simpsons-) quality Twin Peaks, then it’s no Twin Peaks for me.

      Plus the fact that – as much as I love Kyle MacLachlin – the fact that his biggest body of work in the past number of years has been Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives doesn’t fill me with confidence.

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