In terms of sheer daring, off-the-wall inventiveness and a refreshingly willful refusal to conform to the conventions of prime-time network drama, it’s yet to be matched and likely will never be surpassed. I still live in hope that, some day, Lynch will return to that strange town and give us a proper conclusion to the cliffhanger the series left us with.
The show was full of fascinating characters, ranging from the quirky (Deputy Andy) to the iconic (Special Agent Dale Cooper) to the plain bonkers (the Log Lady).
But my favourite character in Twin Peaks was the fantastic Albert Rosenfield (played brilliantly by Miguel Ferrer, right)), a n FBI forensics expert who, Agent Cooper points out, is a genius but “lacking in some of the social niceties”.
Albert’s arrival at the Twin Peaks’ sheriff’s office proves that warning to be a rare example of an under-statement by Cooper:
Things go from bad to worse when Albert tries to examine Laura Palmer’s body:
In the aftermath of that confrontation, Albert gets to deliver the single best speech in the whole of Twin Peaks, pointing out that he is a “nay-sayer and hatchet-man in the fight against violence”:
Albert Rosenfield, the Choob salutes you. Your path was a strange and difficult one…