If you are a connoisseur of thrillers, then there is no way you aren’t familiar with David Lynch’s work. ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Mulholland Dr’ (a movie that still baffles me, after all this time), ‘Eraserhead’ are some of his best-known films. He turned to television with ‘Twin Peaks’, which aired on ABC and became a landmark in the method of storytelling on the idiot box. Despite having a unique concept and receiving great response from the critics, the show suffered from low ratings and was cancelled after the second season. A movie, ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me’, was released in 1992, which served as a prequel for the series.
The show further continued to serve as an inspiration for many directors, screenwriters and even video game developers. Over time, it succeeded in winning the hearts of the audience and gained a steady cult following, which led Showtime to consider its investment in a new season for the show. After years and years of waiting, the third season, ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ premiered in 2017 and, once again, received rave reviews, profiting, this time, from the already built fan base. The show retained its dark themes and subtle humour, tweaking its iconic music theme by just a pinch. The third season proved why the story needed continuation and that fans shouldn’t be deprived of this pleasure.
Twin Peaks Cast: Who’s in It?
Due to the 25 years difference between the second and the third, there are some changes in the main cast members. However, the difference isn’t much because, thankfully, most of the original cast returned to reprise their roles. As the plot advances, the list of the characters gets longer. Even Lynch plays one of the recurring roles. Here is a condensation of the main cast and characters.
Kyle MacLachlan, the Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominated actor, plays the role of Special Agent Dale Cooper. He comes to the town of Twin Peaks in order to investigate the murder of a young girl. This case leads him on a path that changes his whole perspective about the world around him. MacLachlan’s best-known roles are the ones that he did for Lynch. ‘Twin Peaks’, ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Dune’- the actor has frequently collaborated with Lynch on multiple occasions, the success of which shows exactly why. He has also appeared in TV shows like ‘Sex and the City’, ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’.
Dana Ashbrook plays the role of Bobby Briggs, who was the boyfriend of Laura Palmer and also one of the suspects in her murder. The character saw many ups and downs throughout the three seasons, which gave Ashbrook a great chance to display his acting talents. He has also appeared in films and TV shows like ‘Hostages’, ‘Crash’, ‘Dawson’s Creek’, ‘New Alcatraz’, ‘The Opposite Sex’ and ‘The Coriolis Effect’.
Mädchen Amick plays the character of Shelly Johnson, the girl who Bobby has an affair with. Shelly’s story is one of the important factors of the show because it offers a chance to bring some serious issues to light. Amick played it with perfection. Her other acting credits include ‘Witches of East End’, ‘Sleepwalkers’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘Central Park West’, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘My Own Worst Enemy’.