So, what with Mark Frost and David Lynch's announcement that Twin Peaks will be happening again on Showtime for a 9 episode series, my mind immediately went back to just how long ago Twin Peaks was, and how many shows have passed in front of our eyes since. Ever since Patrick McGoohan's 'The Prisoner' there had not been anything of it's like on TV with such ambition and scope in an ongoing storyline. One that built on its overweening plot instead of episode of the week shows.
But it was a keystone that loosed a lot of landslides. It opened the way for the likes of VR.5 and The X-Files, which later still opened the door for really massive outings like Straczynski's Babylon 5. Another show that will be coming back to us in 2016 if he has anything to do with it. [LINK]
Many of these shows, feeling they owed a bit of homage to Twin Peaks made references to the show in their own plots. The most overt ones however are Fringe and The X-Files.
In Fringe, in the episode, 'The Firefly', Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) makes the most overt reference to the show while wearing Dr. Lawrence Jacoby's (Russ Tamblyn) signature red & blue glasses. He comes right out and says it. "Yes...They were sent to me by a Dr. Jacoby from Washington State."
So... unofficially... or maybe officially, Fringe and Twin Peaks are in the same universe. Which means Olivia Dunham was a special agent in the same FBI as Dale Cooper, Wyndham Earle, Albert Rosenfeld and Chief Gordon Cole.
Special Agent Olivia Dunham
Special Agent Phillip Broyles
Which is pretty neat, but it goes further.
Now... The link to The X-Files from Fringe is pretty weak. In Season 2 Episode 1 of Fringe, while defending the need for Fringe Division, they outright make reference to 'the old X-Designation' for Fringe cases. But in the same episode, you outright see an episode of The X-Files on TV.
The X-Files, which was more directly inspired by Lynch's Northwest Opus may have made a more concrete link. It is alleged that Fox Mulder had Laura Palmer's prom picture framed and on his desk down in the 'X-Cave'. Several people have gone through those early episodes and found frame nor hair of Laura's pic from the end credits of Twin Peaks.
In a later episode of The X-Files, a picture can be seen, which i have included below, of what looks like a pic of Laura Palmer's autopsy on Mulder's office wall. (You'll see it above and to the right of Scully's head.)
This expands things even further.
Now we have an FBI that not only includes Olivia Dunham and Dale cooper in the same world, but Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as well! Which gets really interesting when you take into account the Twin Peaks presence of DEA Agent Denise Bryson, also played by Duchovny!
DEA Agent Denise Bryson
Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
But it goes further.... Stay with my new and interesting friends. Wanna see how much further this rabbit hole goes? Have a look at all the shows that actually share a universe with the X-Files, which now by extension are in the same world as Twin Peaks. Like The Wire (Detective Munch), and Law & Order and St. Elsewhere (which by extension also includes Hill Street Blues)
But let's limit this to shows that have special agents in them. I have to work in the morning, and it's already midnight. I knew you'd understand.
Another show with a special agent who may now be connected is Haven. Which includes FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker, who knew someone back at the bureau who was 'Obsessed with UFO's'. If she was talking about Fox Mulder, then that ropes the whole of Stephen King's televised/novelized universe into the mix since Haven's so set on dropping references to every other thing he's written ever.
Which brings us to ANOTHER agent of sorts. This time, Security Director Terry Spann, from 'Stephen King's Golden Years' (Felicity Huffman) Spann was late of King's 'Department of Scientific Intelligence'. Or as you all know it from Firestarter, The Tommyknockers and Dreamcatcher, 'THE SHOP'. A lot of folks think Agent Terry Spann may have been the direct inspirational ancestor to Dana Scully from before the X-Files. She even shows up in the X-Files episode 'ICE' as Dr. Nancy De Silva. Check it out if you wanna see her acting opposite Gillian Anderson.
This is a rabbit hole that goes a lot further than wonderland folks. Maybe it all goes to that one stand of sycamore trees in the pacific northwest...
Now of course... Tying Fringe to Twin Peaks is pretty wishful thinking. However, Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, who wrote a lot of Fringe for JJ Abrams also cut some of their writing teeth at the turn of the century working on Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. However, in the last REALLY weird season of Andromeda, we had Twin Peaks' Mark Frost producing.
So these people are all accquainted. Miller and Stentz, have talked about how close knit they were with everyone on Andromeda back in the day. So might Frost decide to give them a shoutout with a callback to Fringe Division in the upcoming showtime Twin Peaks continuation?
Well, we can hope so can't we? Maybe they can even get Noble to do a walkthrough with a watcher. Oh would that be grand...
PS: If you want some other links to some of the grand unification theory of linked TV universes, here's a few links my wife shot me:
6 movie/tv universes that overlap in mind blowing ways.
Six Degrees of Saint Elsewhere. (Also linked to Scrubs)