“I will see you again in 25 years” – Laura Palmer, Twin Peaks finale, 1991. Close enough!

Just as Samurai Jack finally got to wrap things up (one day earlier, to be exact), an old classic even more overdue for a continuation resumes; one with a truly singular legacy. The series itself, which masterfully mixed all sorts of genres and tones, influencing decades of TV to come; the books, that delved into even more dark corners of the titular town; the film, which explored murder victim and town sweetheart Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) more intimately than ever; and the special Blu-Ray collection which, among other things, showed us deleted scenes that would have restored some of the show’s eccentric humour and character for the film, but migh have ruined its pacing and downright horrific mood. As Red Letter Media speculated, the final frame of the film, showing Laura smiling again at last, may have signified the end of her agony, but also the knowledge that at some point in the future, the tale will continue. The Black Lodge is said to exist outside of time and space, so who’s to say what its inhabitants know and do not know?

Indeed, Twin Peaks has finally returned and so too has David Lynch to the director’s chair after years of trying other things, along with fellow show creator Mark Frost. Set 25 years after the original series, as promised, it shows us what happened to the old characters we love – the quirky townsfolk, the law enforcement, the high school kids, the families, others we might see later – and how new characters are headed for a journey of unnatural mysteries they scarcely suspect. The camera work, lighting, ambience, scenery and music are just as powerful in this as they were back in the day, but complaints may arise as to how it is slower in pace and darker in mood. To me, it seemed appropriate. I bought for each second that this is truly what’d come of the world of Twin Peaks over the decades we never saw. It is sadder; it is more modern yet still so very familar (not unlike the closing song by Chromatics); the dark magic of the Lodge has spread.

Of course, there are some actors who will not be returning to reprise their roles, which is either due to disagreements or, well, death. This is especially unfortunate with characters like BOB, who is such a central part of Twin Peaks lore that it is hard to imagine the show without his sinister presence.

It’s reasonable to assume that BOB will continue roam the Earth in the form of, spoiler alert, the dark doppelgänger of Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan, still great) from the Black Lodge, wherein the real Agent Cooper still wanders. Re-casting him would be futile; nobody else could create a grin as bone-chilling as that of Native-American set actor/set dresser Frank Silva. The equally iconic Log Lady appears briefly, in the final scene Catherine Coulson recorded before she too left us.

Having seen the opening two-parter, I can affirm that Lynch is still in great shape (not just the directing, but also the dream-esque horror imagery that no other artist would have visualized) and that out of all the countless reboots and continuations of the year, this is thus far the one I am the most satisfied with. Not too different, not too reliant on fanservice; it was like returning home to find that while things have understandably changed, it is still very much home. So put on some coffee, get yourself a plate of cherry pie, and share my joy that, indeed, the gum is back in style. Let’s rock!