When Twin Peaks (season 3 premieres Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET on TMN) first hit TV screens back in 1990, it was a show unlike any other. The David Lynch project was the first whodunit in long-form television that really played with timelines and narratives, a technique that many shows these days still emulate — whether purposefully or not. And, well, it was David Lynch, so to say it was Lynchian— in all of its weird wonder–is a given.
Heading into this weekend’s premiere, there’s a lot of anticipation surrounding the revival. Coffee-lovers everywhere are holding their breath, hoping for a damn fine series, as Kyle MacLachlan, Ray Wise, Kimmy Robertson and more reprise their original roles.
We’ve got a quick refresher of the first two seasons to cover anyone who hasn’t had time to catch up, or rewatch the first 30 episodes heading into this weekend. Settle in with some cherry pie and get reacquainted with this truly strange tale…
Okay, so the biggest thing of all is that Laura showed up dead in the first episode, and her murder became the focal point of the series. Although Laura seems like a normal, ‘good girl’ when we first learn about her, she had a dark past. Not only was she leading a secret life involving prostitution, cheating on her boyfriend and doing cocaine, but she kept a diary with some pretty disturbing stories about child abuse.
Everyone was sleeping with everyone else
It seems like no one was faithful in this town. Laura Palmer was cheating on her boyfriend Bobby at the time of her death. But Bobby was also cheating on Laura. Meanwhile, Sheriff Truman and Josie had a fling, James and Donna ignited a relationship, and Ben Horne was sleeping with Catherine Matell. And we thought following the flings on a soap opera was hard.
The log lady
Just in case you forgot, this town also featured a mysterious lady who randomly talked to… a log. Yeah, we still have questions too, but by no means was this the strangest thing to happen in this town.
Agent Cooper was brilliant in his madness, and his madness often came in the form of his prophetic dreams. And yes, those dreams included a giant. We’re actually surprised he slept at all, given how much coffee he drank. Also, we should probably mention the Red Room, in which Cooper and Laura first “meet.”
WHO was Diane? We often heard Cooper talking into his Dictaphone, leaving all kinds of notes and reminders to his secretary. But to this day she remains faceless. Will her identity finally be revealed in the new season? We can only hope.
This logging town was known for hosting some pretty dark demons. There was a club dedicated to fighting them and everything. So when inexplicable things happened, sometimes those demons were to blame. As it turns out, we shouldn’t have ever discounted their credibility because…
The Bob of it all
Just in case you thought the series couldn’t get any darker, in the end it turned out that the killer was a dude named Bob… and that dude was actually a demon who possessed other people. Sadly, he possessed Laura’s dad Leland and made him kill his own daughter. Then Bob turned on his host and killed Leland. Oh, and everyone’s hair turned white.
Agent Cooper’s extended stay
Just when the story looked to be over and the murder was solved, Cooper was accused of phony drug charges and suspended from the FBI. So he stayed in town until he was cleared, at which point his deranged, former partner Earle made an appearance and kidnapped Cooper’s love, Annie.
In a huge final showdown at the Black Lodge (an evil realm in the woods), Earle kills Cooper but Bob reappears. The demon turns back time, saves Cooper and then kills Earle. Sounds like a happy ending, right? Excpet Bob then finds a new host: Cooper. As the FBI agent laughs maniacally at the mirror and sees Bob’s reflection, he utters the final words of the series: “How’s Annie?”
Now that’s a note to leave on for 25 years, huh? Who knows where this series will take us next.