For what seemed like an eternity, devotees of David Lynch’s groundbreaking mystery drama Twin Peaks yearned to know the answer to the ultimate question — Who Killed Laura Palmer?
Then they all found out who did it halfway through season two when ABC wanted a quick, easy spike in the ratings. (Spoiler: Remlap Dnalel saw ti). ABC then canceled Twin Peaks, because with its driving mystery resolved, the show had blown its wad with terminal prematurity.
But was that wad truly blown?
Like so many other things in the quaint but deceptively-libidinous logging community, not all was as it appeared. Showtime announced plans to revitalize the essential cult classic all the way back in 2014. After a delay that’s lasted longer than the original series did on network television, the Welcome to Twin Peaks news site tells us we can expect a two-hour de-facto season three premiere to drop on May 21 at 9 p.m., followed by 17 more fresh cuts of demented woodland soap opera.
Twin Peaks always deserved a superior conclusion than its compromised second season or the utterly redundant 1992 feature length, Fire Walk With Me. Loads upon loads of famous names are either rumored or confirmed make a cameo appearance in the new miniseries, including Vanya favs Trent Reznor, Sky Ferreira, Sharon Van Etten, and… hold on, Eddie Vedder?! Are you fucking kidding me?! Why?! Ugh.
Anyway, David Bowie — a.k.a. Agent Phillip Jeffries from Fire Walk With Me — obviously wasn’t able to make it to set in time to shoot his parts, which rumor has it were totally written for him. Equally worrisome: Frank Silva, who played the quintessentially menacing Bob, passed on in 1995, only a few years after his tenure as Twin Peaks’ incorporeal Big Bad ended.
So, we know who killed Laura Palmer. What we should be asking now, I think, is what about Bob? Hopefully we’ll find out in May.
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