Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan understands why some fans have been left cold by the revival series’ dark, deeply weird revival, but promises it will eventually all add up.
Anticipation for the return of David Lynch’s legendary ’90s drama was palpable among its rabid, devoted following. The show was stylistically head of its time and simply couldn’t hang on to a reliable audience in that era of television. But even for some longtime devotees of the acclaimed filmmaker have been taken aback by what has been put onscreen in Showtime’s new Twin Peaks series.
Series star Kyle MacLachlan has acknowledged the reception to the revival so far. In an interview with THR, he promises that most of the series’ baffling choices will eventually make sense.
“I think we all knew it was going to be a challenging journey for the audience, simply because it is 18 parts of one giant piece, and it’s sequential, so people really have to stay with it. And also that David’s storytelling is filled with imagery and different perspectives and characters and things that may initially be confusing to people, but ultimately everything will come back together and make sense. It will be clear. But it’s challenging, you know?”
MacLachlan also made sure to note another undeniable truth: for a lot of Lynch fans, this bold, experimental turn is exactly what they were looking for, eschewing some of the more nostalgia driven, creatively timid revivals of recent years.
“The other part of that is there has been a real, complete love from a large part of the audience for this new direction of Twin Peaks. No one has ever seen anything like this on television before.
But I knew it would be difficult for people. Many people wanted the nostalgic return to the Twin Peaks that they remembered. And that’s not what we’re representing here. There are a lot of new stories going forward.”
It’s understandable that fans of the original series may have expected more of the show’s weird yet disarmingly sweet aesthetic, and would be disappointed by the decidedly darker, sprawling, Dougie Jones-centric flavor of the revival. But this really shouldn’t be a surprise — not only has Lynch been veering in this general direction with his other 21st century output, but he’s done it in the world of Twin Peaks as well, with the 1992 prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. That film featured virtually none of the series quirky humor or small-town charm, opting instead to dig into the series’ dark, disturbing mythology and the tragic final days of Laura Palmer’s life.
Twin Peaks continues this Sunday with ‘Part 9’ @9pm on Showtime.
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