In preparation for Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival, Collider has reported that Showtime released a video to get fans excited for the fast-approaching Season 3 premiere. To celebrate the start of the one-month countdown until Season 3 arrives, Showtime unveiled a quasi-recap video that, while not involving any new footage from the upcoming season, is still an entertaining watch. The video is more concerned with capturing the thrilling and surreal nature of Twin Peaks, reminding fans how it feels to experience the show rather than dryly reviewing all of the major plot points.
The series follows the citizens of Twin Peaks, Washington as they – with the aid of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper – try to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of popular high schooler Laura Palmer. Twin Peaks was cancelled after its second season in the early 90’s, but the show became a cult classic in the years following. The darkly entertaining series is now widely considered to be one of the best television dramas of all time.
In 2014, Showtime announced it was producing a third season. Earlier this year, the network confirmed Twin Peaks Season 3 would involve 18 episodes total, with show creator David Lynch writing (with the help of writing partner Mark Frost) and directing each one. Specific plot details have yet to be released. All that is known is that the revival will pick up 25 years after the original series ended and will involve many of fans’ favorite characters, with Kyle MacLachlan (Agent Cooper on the series), Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), James Marshall (James Hurley), and Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), among others, all set to return for Season 3.
With the plot kept closely under wraps, footage from the new season has not been released either. The marketing of the series revival has followed this secretive philosophy on the whole, straying away from releasing concrete details about Season 3 and instead choosing to capitalize on the emotions of the show’s loyal fan-base. Following a rather unconventional path – which seems appropriate for a series that is all about breaking the rules of what we expect from conventional television – the teasers that have been released are all about reminding fans why they love Twin Peaks in the first place. What can be drawn from this marketing campaign – which relies solely on footage from the show’s previous seasons – is that if you are interested in the Twin Peaks revival, you’ll need to watch the show’s initial two seasons first.
Season 1 and 2 of Twin Peaks are available to watch on Showtime, as is Lynch’s prequel film to the series, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Season 3 of Twin Peaks will premiere May 21 at 9pm EST on Showtime.