[Podcast] Twin Peaks Retrospective (1990-1992) – Episode 15 – Decades of Horror 1990s

“Through the darkness of futures past. The magician longs to see. One chants out between two worlds. ‘Fire walk with me.'” The world of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks was one of the more inventive examples of television in the early 90s. The titular Washington town had rich characters, surreal horrors and some damn fine coffee. However, in the 25 years since Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) first visited that sleepy town, has Twin Peaks stood the test of time? Or has it disappeared into The Black Lodge?

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 15 – Twin Peaks Retrospective

Twin Peaks was the surprise hit of the spring 1990 TV season. With a cast chock full of quirky characters and the major mystery of the death of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) at the heart of it’s premise, it helped revolutionize what serialized television could be. Part over the top soap opera, part crime procedural, part surrealist horror. Twin Peaks wasn’t like anything seen on television. Unfortunately, creators David Lynch and Mark Frost were forced by ABC to reveal their mystery early into the second season. Thus, we got a directionless tangent of episodes and an eventual cancellation on a cliffhanger. Lynch would return to the town of Twin Peaks with the feature film prequel Fire Walk With Me in 1992, which was met with diresion from critics and fans alike.

In celebration of Twin Peaks getting a mini-series revival for Showtime, Thomas Mariani and guest Christopher G. Moore are taking a look back at the influential series. Christopher describes his early love of the show during its heyday while Thomas came to the series much later. The two share mutual adoration for the balance of season one. And a mutual frustration over the wacky meandering of season two. Yet, there are plenty of clashing opinions, mainly over the resolve of Laura Palmer’s murder and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Journey with them into The Black Lodge to discuss the gum that will come back in style over some damn fine coffee, won’t you?

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Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a born geek, with a bit of nerd mixed in here & there. A native of the (less) swampy parts of Florida, Thomas has always been a fan of films, television & other sources of media ever since he was a child, having been raised on Jim Henson, Star Wars and the basic cable cartoons of the ’90s & ’00s.

Some of his favorite horror films include Evil Dead II, Poltergeist and An American Werewolf in London. He already has experience writing and podcasting about pop culture, which you can read/listen to on sites like www.oneofus.net, www.horrornews.net or even on twitter as @NotTheWhosTommy.
  • Thunderhead Jones

    You guys are spot on here. Aside from a few exceptions, I’ve never been a big Lynch fan. After recently watching season one and two back to back for the first time, I’ve come to have a different outlook on him. Whereas I found the first season brilliant, the second season threw me a little in its goofiness and inconsistent tone. But I still found it interesting.
    I for one never really cared to find out who killed Laura. If that plot line went on forever, it wouldn’t have bothered me. Which I think was Lynch’s intent. So, when studio heads forced him and Frost to reveal the killer, I think Lynch retaliated with Fire Walk with Me. ” You want to see what happened to Laura? Here’s what happened to Laura. Choke on it.” I understand why people would hate or dislike the film. It’s not an easy movie to digest. It deals with horrors that most people find disturbing and often turn away from. But knowing personally some folks who have dealt with rape and incest, Lynch captures the chaos, dread, and desperation in a very honest yet brutal way. Like most things Lynch, it’s not for everyone. You guys did a great job on this, and gave some great insight to a Twin Peaks newbie like me that proved very valuable! Keep it up!
    Chad Hunt