A review of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks by Brad Dukes

(c) Short/Tall Press 2014
(c) Short/Tall Press 2014
(c) Short/Tall Press 2014

Released just in time to coincide with the much anticipated Blu-Ray release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery and Missing Pieces, Brad Dukes’ new book, Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks sheds new light on the beloved cult TV series.

The book, which is done entirely in interview format, features cast and crew members speaking candidly about the filming of the show. With great nostalgia, writer Mark Frost rehashes the story of the show’s conception. Frost and auteur David Lynch originally met through their mutual agents and were in talks to do a biopic called Goddess about Marilyn Monroe. While that project never came to pass, Lynch and Frost nevertheless became friends. Legend has it, one unsuspecting day while sipping coffee at a diner, Frost and Lynch conceived Twin Peaks.

Originally titled Northwest Passage, Lynch and Frost were inspired by an old ghost story Frost had heard growing up. The character of Laura Palmer evolved from that story and allowed Lynch and Frost a way to, “peel back the onion” and go deeper within the layers of the seemingly innocent Pacific Northwest town. It should also be noted that Lynch and Frost, both huge fans of film noir, named the character of Laura Palmer after the 1944 Otto Preminger film, Laura.

Reflections is peppered with all sorts of interesting trivia and anecdotes, and allows fans a new way of looking at the series. I, for one, was amazed to discover that Lara Flynn Boyle and Kyle MacLachlan had a relationship during the filming of the series, which may or may not have derailed the originally intentioned love story subplot between Special Agent Dale Cooper and saucy nymphet, Audrey Horne. Had the love story happened, Audrey would have been taken into The Black Lodge instead of Annie Blackburn.

If there was any drama on the set of Twin Peaks, the cast and crew members failed to illuminate it, though various members do seem to suggest that things got rockier following the explosive first season.

Missing from the oral history is the co-creator of the series himself: David Lynch. Fans hoping to discover the auteur’s methodology behind creating the classic series will have to be sated by Mark Frost’s account. Also missing from the chess game (wink wink) is Lara Flynn Boyle and Peggy Lipton.

Nevertheless, despite some missing interviews, Reflections maintains a pace similar to Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch. Efforts to put the book down will elude you, as you’ll find your fingers glued to the pages, your mind hungry for more behind-the-scenes details.

All in all, Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks proves to be a fitting aperitif to Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery and Missing Pieces and is sure to satisfy any die-hard fan of the series.

4/5 stars. 

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Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks

By 

Brad Dukes 

Short/Tall Press

(1st edition) July 15th, 2014

340 pages