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How to Survive a Weekend Without Twin Peaks

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How to Survive a Weekend Without Twin Peaks
July 1, 2017 8:00 AM
by Janelle Okwodu
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It took 25 years for Special Agent Dale Cooper to escape the Black Lodge and for Twin Peaks to make its way back to television, but for fans of the show, it’s been time well spent. Last weekend’s mind-bending eighth episode, with its nuclear bombs, phantom woodsmen, roach-frogs, and teenage romances, left the audience with plenty to unpack. After an hour that moved breathlessly between dimensions and decades, the series director and cocreator David Lynch is giving viewers a breather between episodes. Yes, it’s plenty of time for newcomers to catch up on all the antics of Dougie and Janey-E or dive headfirst into Bob’s origin story, but for those who have been hanging on every new development, such an intermission can seem like torture. Here, a primer on how to survive the next nine days.

Watch Fire Walk With Me
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As the prequel to the Twin Peaks saga, Fire Walk With Me sets the stage for many of the events that occur in The Return. For those who only saw the two seasons of the ABC-aired supernatural soap opera, the changes presented in the Showtime series–a wealth of new characters, shifts in tone, and the increased importance of the Roadhouse’s musical lineup–might seem jarring, but Lynch’s 1992 film provides plenty of backstory to build on, including the story of Laura Palmer’s life before her murder. Want to know about Harry Dean Stanton’s enigmatic trailer-park resident Carl Rodd, or David Bowie’s mysterious FBI agent Phillip Jefferies? It’s all there.

Read The Secret History of Twin Peaks
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If any series could use a glossary, it’s Twin Peaks, but cocreator Mark Frost’s book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks does more than expand on the existing plot. Charting the progression of the town of Twin Peaks and connecting its origins to historical events, it creates an expansive mythology that involves Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the Manhattan Project.

Find the Missing Pieces
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Most deleted scenes are best left on the cutting room floor, but this is David Lynch we’re talking about. Most of the leftovers from Fire Walk With Me offer insight into several questions the show leaves unanswered, like what life was like in the Palmer household before things unraveled.

Stream the Roadhouse
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With nearly every new episode featuring a track from a Lynch-approved band, Twin Peaks has emerged as an ideal place for artists to debut new music. So far the Chromatics, The Cactus Blossoms, and Nine Inch Nails have all taken the stage at the Bang Bang Bar, joining Julee Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti as essential parts of the show’s atmosphere. Whether each song holds clues to the conclusion remains to be seen, but cryptic lyrics like those of Trent Reznor’s “She’s Gone Away” (“A little mouth opened up inside/Yeah, I was watching on the day she died”) only add to the mystery.

Get to Know the Latest Lynch Muses
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With a host of Lynch regulars—like Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, and Kyle Maclachlan—joined by an ever-expanding list of celebrities who pop in for cameos, Twin Peaks doesn’t lack for star power. Michael Cera’s turn as a leather-clad Wally Brando notwithstanding, many of the best moments of the show are thanks to the lesser-known cast members. With a new generation of muses including FBI agent Tammy Preston played by Chrysta Bell, the world’s least-attentive parent played by Hailey Gates, and Joy Nash’s mystical Señorita Dido, there are plenty of interesting performers to study up on before they land in their next Lynch project.





Obsess With Others
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If you’ve listened to every podcast, caught up on every rumor, freeze-framed every scene in search of clues, and exasperated friends and family, it’s time to head over to Reddit to lose yourself in hours of theories and banter.

Bake a Cherry Pie
Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME

It might help. Eat with a damn good coffee.

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