You remember not too long ago when television used to be just television—no “Breaking Bad” or “Lost” or “The Sopranos,” nothing notable except a few good sticoms like “Seinfeld.” Still, there were a few pioneering shows that gained a cult following including David Lynch’s 1990 series “Twin Peaks.”
The weird world of Laura Palmer—a girl who was, as Lynch described her, “radiant on the surface but dying inside”—seemed absolutely out of place on ABC. It introduced a whole new type of drama where all the rules of storytelling were broken. To describe it as part crime mystery, part supernatural drama doesn’t even get close to explaining it the moody ambience of the Black Lodge, the creepiness of Bob, the oddness of the Log Lady and the awesomeness of Agent Dale Cooper played by Kyle MacLachlan.
I am just old enough to have enjoyed the original airing of the series. My friends and I drank cups of joe and spouted Agent Cooper-isms and sometimes ate cherry pie. That’s right: total nerds. We were invested. We quoted it constantly: “Fellas! Don’t drink that coffee. You’ll never guess—there was a fish in the percolator.”
Fortunately for those who want to relive it and those who missed it, the Roxy Theater is showing the series in its entirety, a few episodes a week. (You can purchase coffee there—new blends by Black Coffee Roasting Co. called “Red Room” and “Laura”) I don’t want to hype it too much for you. There are definitely issues with the series. The pacing is so off-kilter, the acting so ridiculous, the soap-opera tone so dense, but if you already like David Lynch’s work you’ll relish every bit of it.
The series actually derails, even disappoints at times, which is also classic Lynch. But the dream sequences, diner scenes, Cooper’s monologues, the nightmarish soundtrack is all so delightful—even if there are endless questions. As the Log Lady once said: “Hello again. Can you see through a wall? Can you see through human skin? X-rays see through solid, or so-called solid objects. There are things in life that exist, and yet our eyes cannot see them. Have you ever seen something startling that others cannot see? Why are some things kept from our vision? Is life a puzzle? I am filled with questions.”The Roxy continues its "Twin Peaks" series viewing each Monday through Feb. 10 at 7 PM nightly. $5.