The Passage: Fox’s New Show Is a Pleasant Surprise

I loved Justin Cronin's fantasy/thriller/horror trilogy of books, and the first of which, The Passage, is the basis for a new show on Fox starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, which premiered on Jan. 14. Gosselaar plays agent Brad Wolgast, who is in charge of "escorting" (or kidnapping) a young girl and bringing her to a secret government …

The Secret History of Twin Peaks: Dr. Jacoby (Secrets and Mysteries, Part 9)

When Mark Frost's Secret History of Twin Peaks was released almost exactly 2 years ago, I hoped it would bridge a gap between the epic finale of Season 2 of Twin Peaks and the new season that would be airing on Showtime. And although I loved so many aspects of the book when I first …

Starting Positions, Jungle Gyms, and a Boxing Match: Return Rewatch Part 13

During the initial airing of The Return, I found Part 12 to be the most disappointing. Lots of long, slow scenes; very little Kyle MacLachlan, and then the short-lived excitement of seeing Audrey for the first time turn into a big let-down. So heading into Part 13, I hoped things would get back on track. And …

Westworld Season 2: Sorting Out Timelines and Pleasant Surprises

While recently rereading Mark Frost's The Secret History of Twin Peaks, I came across this passage[1]: "...it is important that we learn to distinguish between mysteries and secrets. Mysteries precede humankind, envelop us and draw us forward into exploration and wonder. Secrets are the work of humankind, a covert and often insidious way to gather, withhold or …