Coffee and cherry pie, anybody?

Published May 2, 2007

David Lynch's Twin Peaks was the original genre show with an over-arching mystery - and absolutely zero idea where to go with it. Indeed, Lost and Prison Break seemingly suffer from the malady today.

But the long-awaited DVD release of the second (and final) season of Twin Peaks - in a six-disc set spanning Episodes 8 through 29 and totaling more than 18 hours - is something of an event: an occasion to revive the coffee-and-cherry-pie viewing parties.

Looking back, it's clear just how much new ground Twin Peaks broke during its short run in 1990 and '91. The plot ostensibly centered on a small-town murder mystery, but Lynch brought heavy doses of his absurdist and dreamlike sensibilities to the characters and storytelling, creating a hermetic world that remains unique on the small screen.

The handful of episodes that Lynch directed are standouts. Notably oblivious to the rules of prime time, they are characterized by longer scenes, stranger moods, more intense emotions. And who killed Laura Palmer? We're not telling. But her demise remains one of the most shockingly violent murders ever shown on network TV.


Twin Peaks, Season 2

List price $55; some extras include new cast/crew interviews and vintage (but muddy) "Log Lady" intros.