And, as you can imagine, it was beyond words. But since the short film has yet to be released, we’ll try to do it justice.
[Update: Showtime and David Lynch released the video on Wednesday, August 2. Watch below.]
Lynch’s message never got past a simple greeting — “Good afternoon, ladies and gentleman” — but he made the most of a static camera in a dark room. Pointed at the director sitting in a wooden chair, Lynch kept getting distracted by action offscreen.
First, someone walked out a door and fell, presumably, to his death. Then Lynch showed off a clinched hand holding a golf ball he described as “the last golf ball O.J. Simpson hit before going into prison in Nevada” before the camera cut. When it started up again, a horse, a gun, and a cat were involved.
Aptly, describing that video is about as easy as describing “Twin Peaks,” the very job the cast was there to do at Comic-Con. Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Dana Ashbrook, Kimmy Robertson, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Matthew Lillard, and Don Murray joined “Twin Peaks: A Damn Good Panel,” moderated by “The Leftovers” co-creator and “Twin Peaks” mega-fan Damon Lindelof.
The group shared what it was like to work with David Lynch, how they found out about “The Return,” and how much of the series they’ve actually seen. Highlights are listed below, but fans take note: Starting August 6, “Twin Peaks” will air at 8 p.m., an hour earlier than it’s been airing every Sunday. Until then, enjoy the highlights.
No One Is Watching “Twin Peaks” — Not Even the Cast
“We’re all watching it as it unfolds,” MacLachlan said. “No one has seen anything besides the episodes that have already aired.”
Part of that statement proved to be true. As the panel progressed, each cast member unveiled how they watched (or didn’t).
Lindelof asked Lillard about him not watching the original series before he was cast in “The Return.” His response?
“Still haven’t, bro.”
“You haven’t watched the original ‘Peaks’?”
“I’ll watch it tonight,” Lillard said, before noting how he is watching the new episodes.
“I think it’s weird,” he said. “Anyone else?”
The crowd laughed and clapped a little before Lillard continued.
“If you’re not a ‘Twin Peaks’ dude, you come in and it’s a little strange. You guys saw Episode 8, right? That’s crazy!”
Watts, on the other hand, hasn’t seen the new episodes.
“I haven’t watched it yet,” she said. “I’ve been traveling to places without good internet, so I’m saving it all. I’m looking forward to watching big chunks of it all at once.”
Roth, who also hasn’t been watching the new episodes, has an even more ambitious plan in mind.
“I’m going to wait ’till it’s done and watch the [original seasons] all the way through to the end with my kids,” he said. We’re going to have a festival. I don’t know what that’s going to do to us, but I’m up for it.”
Later in the panel, a fan called out the cast for not keeping up with the new episodes, but Lindelof was quick to come to their defense.
“Hey! They’re waiting to binge it!” Lindelof said.
It is, after all, an 18-hour movie.
Two Hot Takes on Dougie
One of the most widely debated new aspects of “The Return” is Dougie, a clone of Agent Cooper who Cooper’s evil doppelgänger used to keep from returning to the Black Lodge. But now everyone thinks the real Cooper is Dougie, and he’s been in no condition to correct them. Quiet, largely immobile, but still in love with a damn fine cup of coffee, the new iteration of Cooper has provoked quite a debate about what’s going on with Cooper.
Lindelof asked the panel: “What do you all make of Dougie?”
Only two cast members chose to speak. First, Watts said her “hot take” on Dougie was that “he’s hot.” But Robertson gave an answer the cast really enjoyed.
“If you ever meet any families who live out in the suburbs, it’s very easy to slip through the cracks and only say one word a month without anyone noticing,” she said. “And what wife wouldn’t like that?”
There you go, folks: “Dougie” represents suburban complacency.
Continue reading for the cast’s sweet stories on what it’s like to work with David Lynch.