A Varied Thrush in the Coalmine

When Twin Peaks originally aired in 1990, the landscape of television changed forever. Viewers and television executives alike began to understand that the art-house could be an American household with a television screen. Since Laura Palmer told Agent Cooper she would see him in 25 years, and the release of the film prequel, Fire Walk with Me, the world has changed dramatically. I find myself asking in an era of peak television, what does a new season of Twin Peaks mean after a 25-year cultural sabbatical? How does it evolve thematically for the viewer? What are the hallmarks of our societal…