Today’s movie market seems to value nostalgia more than anything else. Instead of investing in new projects, the industry has shifted on its own, back to making almost only films that are adaptations, sequels, prequels, remakes, or reboots of some sort of pre-existing property or franchise. One of the most common ways to describe this is with the term “legacy sequel”. This refers to films that primarily remake an original, but use it as a gateway to launching a new franchise. Often this does not lead to failure; 2018 Halloween It had none of the thrills of the original John Carpenter from 1978, 2016 Independence Day: Resurgence It made anyone who enjoyed the original 1996 film embarrassed by its nostalgia, and jurassic world The trilogy represented some of the worst filmmaking in the past several decades.

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However, “old sequels” aren’t always a failure. 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road2017 blade runner 2049, and 2022 Top Gun: Maverick Not just some of the best sequels in recent memory; They are among the most beloved films of the 21st century. Much of this is due to the original creator being involved in the first place. Having George Miller there to oversee another Mad Max The story, using Harrison Ford’s passion for the character Rick Deckard from 1982 Blade Runnerand having Tom Cruise ready to perform the death defying stunts that topped the original The best It’s a big reason why Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner 2049, And Top Gun: Maverick It was as successful as it was.

One of the stories that TV fans have been asking for generations is if David Lynch will ever return to his universe Twin Peaks; Although the original series ended after its abrupt cancellation in 1991, Lynch has yet to return to the franchise since the 1992 prequel movie. Twin Peaks: Firewalk with me It bombed at the box office and received negative reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. However, the 2017 Showtime series has a sequel Twin Peaks: The Return Nostalgia was not used solely as a cash grab. Here’s why Twin Peaks: The Return It is the greatest legacy sequel of all time.

The story progressed

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Twin Peaks It originally told the story of a small town rocked by a horrific murder that reveals its darkest secrets. After the shocking discovery of the murder of teenage Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) travels to the town of Twin Peaks to investigate who was responsible for the crime. What follows is by no means a traditional puzzle. Instead of focusing solely on the details of the crime, Lynch explored the gulf in society created as a result of Laura’s death. Similar to the thematic subtext he explored in his 1986 masterpiece blue velvetLynch examined how a seemingly “perfect” small-town community was not quite as perfect as some had imagined.

Instead of trying to introduce a new threat, Twin Peaks: The Return Deepening the text of the original story. Lynch continued to explore how the city of Twin Peaks turned dark in time gone by, allowing only the occasional moment of nostalgia. As a result, callbacks felt stronger; The moment when Laura’s old friend, Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), burst into tears when he saw a picture of her had a tremendous emotional impact on the viewer. This is only possible because Lynch took the time to show how Bobby has changed in the time since Laura’s death. Bobby was once a notorious drug addict teenager, but has grown into a productive member of society.

Related: Why Twin Peaks: The Return is the perfect conclusion to the franchise

Nostalgia criticized

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Originally Twin PeaksLynch used the mystery of the story as a way to criticize the flaws he saw in most mainstream television. slate the opposite”Twin Peaks“The distinct power was uncontextualized on American network television in the 20th century, something it was in direct conversation with.” Within the context of the series, Twin Peaks The show is used within the show An invitation to love as a means of criticizing viewers who demanded a direct answer to the questions posed by the series. Twin Peaks It was always meant to be satire; Those who watched her just to see if Laura’s murder was solved were lacking in purpose.

in Twin Peaks: The ReturnLynch shows that digging deeper into her death will only create more problems. By trying to undo the murder that happened twenty years ago, Cooper only turns the town into a darker version of itself. If it was originally Twin Peaks Laura’s murder was used as “McGuffin,” then Twin Peaks: The Return He used nostalgia for the original series as an inciting incident. This is evident in the ways in which Lynch treats his main character. Those expecting Cooper to be his once self-inflicted self are likely disappointed to see that he does not transform into regular “Dale Cooper” until nearly the end of the series; For the majority of the show, he’s either comedian Dougie Jones or the darker version of Cooper who took over his body in season two.

Related: Why the ending of Twin Peaks: The Return is still perfect

Great soundtrack

Laura Dern as Diane in Twin Peaks The Return
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One of the main reasons is that the origin Twin Peaks It felt very cinematic compared to other TV shows because it had a score that looked similar to many of Lynch’s classic films such as blue velvet And Mulholland Drive. pitchfork She reflected that the musical numbers “are used as a guide to returning to something resembling reality, a reassuring embrace of the familiar after the rest of the show’s disturbing, wildly bizarre visuals”.

in order to make Twin Peaks: The Return Feeling fresh, Lynch used the work of young artists that could make the remake more exciting; The use of “shadow” in Chromatics “Shadow” in particular in the second episode is notable. Other highlights include Muddy Magnolias’ American Woman and Rebecca Del Rio’s No Stars.


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