Parents' Guide to

Twin Peaks

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

'90s cult fave reboot just as odd, arresting as original.

TV Showtime Drama 2017
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So Disappointed

The original Twin Peaks is my favorite TV show of all time so I was pretty excited about this new season. I was so disappointed after watching it that it almost hurt. The 2017 season is very reminiscent of David Lynch's Eraserhead era of filmmaking (which is not my favorite- if you like that era, though, you will probably like this relaunch!). It is bleak, depressing, all of the funny, endearing aspects of Twin Peaks are completely gone. While, yes, Twin Peaks is a dark show, part of what made it so iconic and interesting was the juxtaposition of the dark and the light, the sadness and the humor. This reboot is completely one sided. It is all gloom and misery. It is also pretty darn boring. My husband (also an original TP fan) and I couldn't even finish watching it. A sad and unnecessary edition to an incredible, iconic TV show. (Also, be warned: Unlike the original Twin Peaks, this one has nudity and amps up the drug use, sex stuff, etc.)

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Menacing, atmospheric, and surreal to the point where it resists simple summing up (and straightforward reviewing), this rocket from the crypt captures the spirit of the original. The reboot takes its inspiration from the 1991 finale in which Laura Palmer told Agent Cooper, "I'll see you again in 25 years." Here we are, 25 years later, and Cooper is still receiving cryptic directions from Palmer, and we're still wondering what it all means. At least one thing seems clear: While the original focused mainly on Palmer's murder and the subsequent criminal investigation, Twin Peaks: The Return has no such central focus. Instead, several interconnected threads make up the story: Red Room Cooper has an evil doppelgänger loose on a killing spree, while somewhere in a Manhattan room there's a glass box kept under constant surveillance to see if anything appears (spoiler alert: Something does).

Meanwhile, South Dakota police have arrested a high school principal for a double murder, Agent Cooper is getting advice from a talking tree, law enforcement officer Hawk (Michael Horse) has found a mysterious portal in the woods, and Twin Peaks partiers are hanging out at the Bang Bang Bar roadhouse, where Shelly Johnson runs into her old flames James Hurley (James Marshall) and Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), both of whom still carry old secrets. There are trains, there are neon signs, there is coffee, there is pie, there are diners and (gently aged) actors you used to know. OG fans are likely to be as confused and intrigued by this remake as they were by the original.

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