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.

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