“I like to cut wood,” he continued after a pause and then started to paint a picture of the audience entering a forest. “Tonight, we’re going to a place where the trees are primarily Douglas firs. Douglas firs are a beautiful tree, and if we’re very quiet we can hear the wind rustling the needles as we move through the forest, getting closer and closer, and now we’re here. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the world of Twin Peaks.”
With no more fanfare, the first two episodes of the “Twin Peaks” return were screened for new and returning cast members, the crew, friends, family, and press. And none of those can mention or share any of their impressions of what they saw. Not yet, anyway.
Earlier in the evening, Showtime’s president and CEO David Nevins had warned everyone to stay mum and avoid spoilers at all costs.
“Do not tweet about the film you’re going to see,” said Nevins. “[Lynch] has a very specific vision of how he wants fans to experience the story.”
Nevins reiterated the point, saying that audiences at home should be able to experience the show just as this premiere audience was: “wide-eyed and open to the experience.”
At one point, Nevins even said, “As you can imagine, shepherding this show is kind of like trying to transport the Ark of the Convenant: Everyone wants to see what’s inside, but revealing it might be deadly.”
Throughout the last few days and weeks, the press has had to find innovative ways to cover “Twin Peaks” without having actually seen it or by getting any hints of what’s to come. That included Lynch himself who would only allow himself to be interviewed with the caveat of no spoilers.
While that may be frustrating for some fans who simply cannot wait until Sunday’s premiere, at least there are these photos of Kyle Maclachlan, Laura Dern and more from the premiere screening and the after party to tide you over.
“Twin Peaks” picks up 25 years after the events of the original series. Kyle MacLachlan is returning along with a slew of other original cast members, including Mädchen Amick, David Duchovny, Sherilyn Fenn, Miguel Ferrer, Sheryl Lee, Peggy Lipton, Harry Dean Stanton, Russ Tamblyn, Alicia Witt and Grace Zabriskie. All 18 episodes have been directed by David Lynch, who co-wrote the series with Mark Frost.
The first two episodes will premiere back to back on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. on Showtime. Immediately following, Episodes 3 and 4 will then be available on Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand, before airing the following week.