Alright, it’s time to wrap this up so I can move on to talking about the four hours of new Twin Peaks that I’ve watched in the last four days. I just have a few more points I want to make about the way we watch Twin Peaks and what kind of legacy it has had.
Twin Peaks Is an Experience
This is a show that demands you interact with it. Nothing is objective. You are forced to make decisions about what you see. To be honest, I don’t understand half of what I’m seeing in this show, but I also kind of feeling like I don’t need to. I’m content with it because it forces me out of my comfort zone. Twin Peaks is not a show that you sit down to binge on while you browse Instagram. You have to be a participant.
Twin Peaks Has Created a Demand
I see the legacy of Twin Peaks everywhere, especially in shows like Riverdale and Stranger Things. Themes of mystery where there is so much more going on than we can explain are increasingly popular. I’ve seen homages and references in the form of shapes, patterns, colors, characters, relationships, and settings. It is clear that the impact of Twin Peaks on television in general is significant. It’s still intense to me that there was so much demand for a new season that it was brought back after more than 25 years, but it is clear that people want this. They don’t necessarily want a passive television experience all the time.
It’s About the Journey
It may be a cliche to say that Twin Peaks is more about the journey than the destination, but it’s true. When I think about all the show’s great moments, I think more about the events leading up to the big reveal than the big reveal itself. It’s the small moments that stand out most in my mind.
I am going to leave you with a great Dale Cooper quote.
I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.