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David Chase on Twin Peaks: ‘It Felt More Like Real Life to Me’

David Chase on Twin Peaks: 'It Felt More Like Real Life to Me'

It’s still not clear when, if ever, we’re getting new episodes of “Twin Peaks.” But at least there are still new perspectives to be had. One of the most interesting you’re likely to come across is from “The Sopranos'” David Chase, who talks to Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz about the show.

Although “Peaks” had a strong vein of surrealism, and Chase even compares the show’s co-creator, David Lynch, to Luis Buñuel, he starts off by saying one of the things he valued in the show was that it felt like it was set in the real world rather than TV Land.

As surreal as “Twin Peaks” could be, and as particular as it could be, as it was, it felt more like real life to me than the average hour-long television show. It has always been important to me to feel the geography of a place. When I first went to work on “The Rockford Files,” they showed me three episodes of it, and I thought, Boy, that really is Los Angeles. It’s not just Los Angeles as someplace, it’s Los Angeles. And that made me want to take that job. I really felt the same way about “Twin Peaks,” oddly enough. I thought: I believe this town out in the woods, in lumber country, in Seattle. 

“Sopranos” viewers know Chase’s devotion to psychotherapy well, so it’s not surprising he took special note of how “Peaks” used dreams, especially in contrast to “The Sopranos,” where Tony’s dreams were meant to have specific psychoanalytic interpretations.

I liked that, while I was watching it, I could have a somewhat spiritual feeling. Lynch calls it his unconscious, not his subconscious. But I think it goes right into the subconscious, and you feel that you’ve been there. It’s a sort of Jungian thing that he manages to hit.

When I say Jungian — and I’m really not an expert — I mean the whole idea of archetypes and synchronicity. As human beings, we all have these things — probably from our animal days, I guess — that scare us, delight us. Lynch seems to go straight into that.

The shots of trees blowing in the wind, for instance. I mean, I don’t think people had ever seen that on network television, just the trees blowing. It’s like: What the hell is that?  

As for the prospect of new “Twin Peaks,” Chase says, semi-pointedly: “Anything David Lynch does with Mark Frost, I’d be there for that.” Make it happen, Showtime.

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