I’ve nearly finished my journey through “Twin Peaks,” the classic ‘90s murder mystery TV show. I’ve got to admit, it is definitely weird.
I expected as much from David Lynch, but honestly didn’t think it would be as weird as everyone told me. As my father said, “It’s kind of like ‘Lost.’” And he was right. It starts off with a simple premise, but there is always a feeling that something is off, or not quite lining up. Then it embraces the supernatural, and just when it seems that it can get no stranger or more confusing, it does.
I love it.
I still have four or five episodes until I reach the end of the series, but I can plainly see why it was loved — and loathed — by so many. Folks love “Twin Peaks” for the same reason they love “The Office.” While the two are very different, it is the moments of — often cringe worthy — absurdity that are the most memorable.
The absurd moments in “Twin Peaks” come with a darker tone, but stick in your mind in the same way. From strange dreams to evil forces to ethereal places, “Twin Peaks” often makes no sense. But that’s what kept me — and apparently many others — watching.
Lynch and Co-creator Mark Frost do a fantastic job throughout the entire series weaving the strange, unrealistic happenings into something that seems to make sense. Each piece — even wacky, seemingly unimportant things like the “log lady” — comes together to create an overall tone.
And that tone is that something is majorly wrong with the town of Twin Peaks, but no one's entirely sure what is wrong with it. I don’t know if “Twin Peaks” will wrap itself up with a nice bow in these last several episodes and provide me with all the answers. I don’t know if it will all fall fully into place and hit me like a truck, or simply leave me staring at every piece of a puzzle put together, but unable to discern what the picture is because it is foreign to me.
Maybe that’s the point. Maybe the beauty of “Twin Peaks” is that it can’t be explained or recognized — many things in life really can’t be — but that it hooks us and makes us think.
I know not whether the conclusion of Special Agent Dale Cooper’s trek through the northwest will be simple or leave me reeling, but I’m certain it will be exactly as it should.
Until then, I’ll remain glued to my screen.
— Diane, I’ve just read a column by Chance Hoener. He is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.