The Secret History of Twin Peaks: Milford, Nixon and the Blue Book Years (Secrets and Mysteries, Part One)

ARCHIVIST'S NOTE: The staff at 25 Years Later are delving deep into The Secret History of Twin Peaks, exploring the secrets and mysteries to be found within (and between) its mix of fact, fiction, history and mythology. Today, Mat Cult tackles the pages covering Nixon, Doug Milford, and Project Bluebook.   When I read the Nixon-era, …

Rabbits – “Main-Lining Lynch, Straight, No Chaser”

"In a nameless city deluged by a continuous rain... three rabbits live with a fearful mystery" Rabbits is a dark and mysterious series of short films by David Lynch, featuring three performers wearing rabbit costumes and delivering disjointed dialogue punctuated by lengthy periods of silence. As you can probably tell, this is definitely at the …

Cowboys and Supermen – American Heroism in The Return

America is a fascinating place for a multitude of reasons. For artists and storytellers, one of the most interesting aspects of this diverse and contrasting country is that it has such a strong sense of identity and a powerful narrative about its position in the world. A key component of that fundamental American story is …

“This rough magic” – comparing Twin Peaks: The Return to The Tempest.

Every episode of The Return left my mind reeling under an electrical storm of ideas, connections and questions. That’s part of what made watching this new incarnation of Twin Peaks such a unique and compelling experience. Nothing else on TV does this. As I watched Part 11, in which the FBI agents visit Bill Hasting’s …

“Well, that was predictable” – the incredible ending of The Return

So, if you read my column last week, and you've watched the incredible, mystifying finale of The Return, then you'll know I basically aced my prediction. Yep. I got every detail absolutely correct. Well, okay, not every detail. In fact, not a single thing I predicted came to pass. But right up until the last …

Supernatural psychology – the inner made outer in Twin Peaks

If The Return has taught us one thing, it is that viewers' expectations and predictions are little more than play-dough to Lynch and Frost - material to be warped, inverted, exaggerated, mutated and flat-out ignored. I'm not complaining. The effect this has on the series is alchemical - giving us the solid gold television event …