In the Black Lodge, Agent Cooper witnessed a backwards-talking version of Laura Palmer say in the final episode of "Twin Peaks" -- "I will see you again in 25 years." While the show ended with a big explosion and the terrifying demon of "Bob" possessing Agent Cooper, fans never expected to hear again from the citizens of that sleepy logging town full of intrigue.
But 25 years later, in accordance with Laura's prophecy and perhaps the show's anniversary, brothers Emmett Furey and Patrick Furey decided to construct a third season of "Twin Peaks" via the Enter The Lodge website.
To follow this "Twin Peaks" trans-media experience, fans are encouraged to follow the handle @EnterTheLodge on Twitter, as well as those of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, Sheriff Harry Truman, the mysterious Audrey Horne, owner of Great Northern Hotel Benjamin Horne, Double R Diner waitress Shelly Johnson, and Laura's best friend, Donna Hayward -- just to name a few of the 65 characters represented, including a few surprise new ones.
By following the various Twitter handles of the show's characters, the story unfolds through their online conversations. Fans can read the entire Season 3 story on the Enter The Lodge website, which collects character tweets in an easy-to-follow-along format.
"Twitter is one of the social media platforms I am most familiar with, but I think it's also kind of the perfect medium to continue the story," Emmett Furey told Welcome to Twin Peaks fan site. "We wanted to pick up right where the series left off, and it was a simple enough matter to grab a screenshot of all of the characters as they looked in 1990. On top of that, Twitter allows us the opportunity to release our content in practically real time, which is something that the show wasn't even able to do, so that offers a lot of interesting new wrinkles for this kind of storytelling. And, of course, Twitter also allows people to interact with the characters and to insert themselves into the story."
There are also quite a few supplemental documents to read -- such as transcriptions of Agent Cooper's audio notes to his secretary Diana and as well as medical and psychiatric reports of various characters -- that add another layer to the fan fiction experience.
While this project is completely fan-run and not associated in any way with the show's creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, it makes one long for a time when "the owls are not what they seem" was a perfectly reasonable thing to say to someone staring up at the trees. Here's hoping this fan endeavor spawns the real thing.