Twin Peaks

The Owls Are Not What They Seem.

A few weeks ago I was aimlessly scrolling through Netflix tiles. I decided to try Twin Peaks on a whim, and I was immediately hooked.

It's dark and convoluted. A twisted story about the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer in the quiet logging town of Twin Peaks. It's cryptic and obscure. In a time when television was largely mindless entertainment, Twin Peaks demanded attention and challenged its audience. It starts weird, and only gets weirder. It only started going downhill when David Lynch was forced to reveal Laura's killer in Season 2—something he never even intended to do. I'm finishing this up now, and I can't wait to see the cast in present-day, 25 years after the original series, in Twin Peaks: The Return.

Twin Peaks shares elements with my favorite television shows. It's got the late 80s/early 90s vibe and eerie synth soundtrack from shows like The X-Files, and allows the kids of the story to conduct a parallel investigation with the adult authorities, like in Stranger Things. The show revolves around a single murder, like Broadchurch, which allows us to cut deeply into the history and stories of the small community. And despite being a dark murder mystery, it has plenty of elements of comedy—you know, like life itself.

Don't watch a trailer and give anything away. Pour yourself some damn fine coffee and give this series a try.