If the owls are not what they seem, but you do sense that gum you like is coming back in style, it may be because the return of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s early 90s TV drama/horror/??? show “Twin Peaks” will boast a cast of 217 people. Showtime dropped the baffling mystery of “how many people can David Lynch fit in a TV series” this week. The answer: He is David Lynch, so don’t ask silly questions. We are getting more “Twin Peaks.”
The series picks up 25 years after the events of the second season’s cliffhanger finale, and many of the surviving original cast members are returning such as Kyle MacLachlan at Special Agent Dale Cooper, Sheryl Lee (who she will play is unknown since the two characters she did play are dead and hanging out in the Black Lodge, though Laura Palmer did say she would see Cooper again in 25 years), Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn, David Duchovny (I am happy we will be seeing FBI Agent Denise Bryson again), Mädchen Amick, Michael Horse, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill and David Lynch himself, who played the hard of hearing FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole.
Sadly missing is Michael Ontkean, whose Sheriff Harry S. Truman was a perfect partner to Agent Cooper in the series’ original run. Also suspiciously missing is Michael J. Anderson, who played The Man from Another Place. It would certainly seem odd not having him give weird riddles while speaking backward and dancing to jazz music in the Black Lodge.
The new cast members are just as interesting. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor (who has worked with Lynch in the past) and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder are in the new season. Michael Cera is in it, and I hope his mystery will involve finding money that is hidden in a frozen banana stand. And there is a mystery even bigger than the one about who killed Laura Palmer because, for some reason, Jim Belushi is in the show. Maybe he hands out garmonbozia (pain and sorrow) in the Black Lodge, much like how he does in real life.
The big question I (and many others) is what are they going to do with Bob, the evil spirit that possessed people, took the shape of owls and basically traumatized my childhood when I watched this show as a little kid? The actor, Frank Silva, passed away in the 90s. I trust Lynch and Frost to come up with something.
The return of “Twin Peaks” is set for 2017.