Friday, 24 February 2017

Happy Twin Peaks Day!

"Diane, 11:30 am, February twenty-fourth. Entering town of Twin Peaks. Five miles south of the Canadian border, twelve miles west of the state line. Never seen so many trees in my life. As W.C. Fields would say, I'd rather be here than Philadelphia. It's fifty-four degrees on a slightly overcast day. Weatherman said rain. If you could get paid that kind of money for being wrong sixty percent of the time it'd beat working. Mileage is 79,345, gauge is on reserve, I'm riding on fumes here, I've got to tank up when I get into town. Remind me to tell you how much that is. Lunch was $6.31 at the Lamplighter Inn. That's on Highway Two near Lewis Fork. That was a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat, a slice of cherry pie and a cup of coffee. Damn good food. Diane, if you ever get up this way, that cherry pie is worth a stop."

Happy Twin Peaks Day! Each year we celebrate Twin Peaks on February 24th because it was the day it all began. Laura Palmer's body was tragically found washed ashore wrapped in plastic and consequently, Special Agent Dale Cooper drove into town to solve the mystery.

With the countdown to the new series well and truly under way, Showtime gave us all a present today. These two beautiful promotional posters appeared across their social media feeds. This is the second time Showtime have juxtaposed promos which feature Laura Palmer and Dale Cooper. 

Although any details of the new season have been kept incredibly secret, rumour has it that Fire Walk With Me will be highly important to the new episodes. As traumatic and dark a film it was, I think Fire Walk With Me has such a happy ending. Laura finds freedom in her death and weeps with relief and happiness at the sight of Agent Cooper in The Black Lodge. I always loved seeing them together. I get the feeling the two will meet again and their relationship may be an important as the story continues...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

RIP Warren Frost

I couldn’t believe it on Saturday morning when I woke up to read that Warren Frost, the father of Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, had passed away. He had suffered with ill health for a while and had reached the grand old age of 91. Warren played the caring and kind Doctor Will Hayward on Twin Peaks and reprised his role for the soon to be aired new series. Mark Frost made a statement when the news was announced:

“We’re saddened today to announce the passing of our dear old dad, Warren Frost. From the Normandy shores on D-Day to his 50 year career on stage and screen, he remained the same humble guy from Vermont who taught us that a life devoted to telling the right kind of truths can make a real difference in the lives of others. We're grateful to have shared him with the world for as long as we did.” 

I am sure his family, friends and cast mates will miss him dearly and my thoughts go out to Mark Frost.

Warren Frost's character on Twin Peaks always brought so much comfort and reason to the bizarre town and I get the strong impression that Warren and Doctor Hayward shared the same warmth. My favourite scene from The Missing Pieces (the deleted scenes from Fire Walk With Me) is without a doubt when Laura, in the days before her death, speaks with Doc Hayward in the Hayward family home and he shows her the paternal love she so tragically missed in life. Warren brought genuine empathy and kindness to the role of Doc Hayward.

If you would like to honour Warren's memory, Mark has suggested making a donation to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, specifically the Alzheimer's division known as 'Harry's Haven'. The family hope to be able to dedicate a room in the haven to Warren. Simply head to the MPTF website here and select 'In Memory Of' as the type of donation tribute and then enter Warren Frost as a tribute recipient name.

RIP Warren Frost.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Anticipating New Twin Peaks & Remembering Miguel Ferrer

Yesterday I was at the cinema and the usual trailers were playing before the film began. Sky Atlantic popped up advertising its 2017 must see TV with a montage: dragons from Game of Thrones, Paul Giacometti looking mean for Billions, a steamy swimming pool clip from The Affair… the usual big budget TV drama. Then it appeared on screen, for only a few seconds: the welcome to Twin Peaks sign. And just as quickly as it flashed on screen as part of the montage, it was gone again. And oh how it hit me, hard. I had my hands clasped to my chest and was sort of weeping/laughing with joy in silence. My friends were not that surprised at my gushing and thought it was hilarious but even I was taken aback at the emotional impact seeing Twin Peaks in that context had on me.

It occurred to me that this was the first time I have witnessed promotion for the new Twin Peaks having not actively sought it out (or seen it on social media where I follow a lot of Twin Peaks accounts). It seriously is going to happen again and soon! I think it’s safe to assume that viewing the new series will make me highly emotional and it’s looking like I’ll be staying up late and watching alone.

Sky Atlantic has announced to the benefit of UK Peakies that it will be broadcasting Twin Peaks in the UK simultaneously with the US on the 22nd May. Fantastic for us but this also means a 2am start. I’m going to book the 22nd May off work to recover as bed time won’t be until dawn. If that isn’t an option for you, Sky Atlantic will show the new episodes again on Tuesday 23rd May at the more sociable hour of 9pm. Perhaps it is best I view alone at night for the first time. It seems rather fitting really. And I can use the time before 2am to view a few old episodes and chug coffee to stay awake.

Although I am excited for the new series I am still devastated by the loss of Miguel Ferrer. It was a horrible shock to learn of his death on January 19th. Miguel was a stellar cast member and Special Agent Albert Rosenfield was always one of my most favourite characters. His downright rudeness was the perfect contrast to Agent Cooper’s cheerful optimism but he was also a master of his field, somewhat excusing his confrontational and aggressive behaviour. I particularly loved Albert’s role in the prequel film Fire Walk With Me – he was clearly a core member of the FBI team lead by Gordon Cole and I remember feeling a great sense of warmth in his presence during some testing and bizarre scenes at the FBI HQ.

Fortunately Miguel Ferrer will reprise his role in the new series. He was even featured in the recently released new season promo. It makes it more difficult to fathom that he is no longer with us.
The first cousin of George Clooney, Clooney said that Miguel “made the world brighter and funnier.” He also shared an almost lifelong friendship with the late Carrie Fisher – I recently read her latest auto-biography The Princess Diarist in which she recalls Ferrer helping her read through the Star Wars script before the audition which would change her life. Ferrer was known outside the world of Twin Peaks for roles in NCIS, Mulan, Iron Man 3 and RoboCop. I’m so delighted he will be in the new season but my heart goes out to his friends, family and the cast and crew he worked with who I’m sure miss him dearly.

Albert provided one of the most stand out quotes from Twin Peaks for me when he tried to make sense of BOB by wondering if perhaps he is simply “the evil men do” but the following speech to Sherriff Truman was probably his greatest moment…

“You listen to me. While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchet-man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I'll gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely: revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method... is love. I love you Sheriff Truman.”

RIP Miguel Ferrer.