By now, it should be clear that we cannot expect a conventional trailer for the return of Twin Peaks, which arrives on Showtime with 18 new episodes next month. Co-creator and director David Lynch has been very adamant about maintaining secrecy, so the most we've actually seen of the new show are a few photos of the reunited cast.
Showtime's still found ways to put out teasers, though, creating a Twin Peaks state of mind through old images and moments from the classic series. In that spirit, four new teasers arrived this week, and they're not so much trailers as they are elaborate little word jumbles, each connecting to a classic piece of the Twin Peaks mythos. They're all ultimately fairly simple word search puzzles, but they're definitely evocative. Let's take a look at them one by one.
The shape is, of curse, evocative of the twin peaks that give the town its name, but notice the reflected image. That might symbolize water, but it's more likely a reference to the parallel world of the Black Lodge, where evil doppelgangers dwell. The quote -- "Where we're from the birds sing a pretty song and there's always music in the air." -- is spoken by The Man from Another Place, the Black Lodge creature who first appears in Episode 3 of the series and gives Dale Cooper clues to Laura Palmer's murder. He speaks cryptically, sometimes apparently nonsensically, and is true motives are often unclear. This doesn't really tell us much, but we can certainly expect more exploration of the Black Lodge in the new series.
"My log has something to tell you." Those words and the shape of the letters clearly reference The Log Lady, and while actress Catherine E. Coulson has left us, she did apparently complete some work on the series before her passing, so we can expect more Log Lady strangeness in the new episodes. She is, to a casual observer, just a weird lady who talks to a log, but look closer, as Cooper does, and you'll find a woman very sensitive to the supernatural happenings around her, who perceives things others do not. She seemed to know that Laura Palmer was doomed well before her murder, and it's quite possible she has even more vital information to aid in solving the mysteries going forward.
Teasers 3 and 4 are different configurations of the same message: "What's happening with Agent Cooper." Obviously what happened to Dale Cooper after the Season 2 finale, and what brings him back to Twin Peaks, will be a big part of the new episodes, but the shape is the most interesting thing in these videos. It's a glyph found in Owl Cave (where a map to the Black Lodge is discovered), and etched into the ring passed from Teresa Banks to Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. The ring seems to belong in some way to The Man From Another Place, and it seems to simultaneously mark Laura for death and prevent the demon BOB from achieving his goal of possesing her body. There are many, many unanswered questions about this ring and its powers, but Lynch has already noted the importance of Fire Walk With Me to the new episodes, so keep an eye out for this symbol.
Twin Peaks returns May 21.