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1.01 Pilot


  • Original Version
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Release: Jul 07, 2021 - Author: entire:liam - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

Many people are already familiar with the story of Twin Peaks: The mystery-crime series about FBI agent Dale Cooper trying to solve the murder of schoolgirl Laura Palmer in the mysterious small town of Twin Peaks made its mark on the television landscape in the early 1990s. Originally titled Northwest Passage, Mark Frost and David Lynch made the two-hour pilot for $1.8 million after receiving a commitment from the ABC television network. It received mostly positive reviews at the 1989 Vancouver International Film Festival. After initial skepticism, seven more episodes were ordered following the surprising success. A few months later, the pilot episode was watched by more than 35 million television viewers in the United States in April 1990. When the first season finale set the next audience record, the network ordered another season for the end of the year.

The second season continues the story in 22 episodes in the usual style, but unfortunately cannot maintain the high level of the brilliant previous season. Particularly in the second half, the series loses the tension it has steadily built up over the previous episodes. In order to end the falling of the ratings and not to leave the viewers further in the dark, Frost and Lynch were urged to resolve the core of the story and reveal a murderer of Laura Palmer. When this happened in the middle of the season, viewers nevertheless continued to lose interest and the series was initially sent on an indefinite hiatus with the 16th episode, which usually results in a cancellation. Fortunately, a subsequent petition campaign by fans turned out to be successful and ABC continued the series. However, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a third season and the remaining episodes marked the end of the series. Lynch later announced that they never had in mind to uncover the killer and the end result was due to the controversial intervention in the plot by the network. As a consolation, the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me was released in 1992 under his direction, which can be seen as a prequel to the series, but failed at the box office.

International version vs. original version - the differences

In the event that Twin Peaks would not be aired or continued, an additional ending was agreed upon before filming began. This allowed the pilot to be sold on the international market as a completed feature film. Up to minute 93, both versions are identical, then the first additional scenes follow with simultaneous changes in the editing (Sarah Palmer's vision). The subsequent 18 minutes or so are exclusive and contain footage that, with one exception, is not seen in the later episodes. Among them, the murderer of Laura Palmer is revealed. This begins as early as Sarah Palmer's vision of Killer Bob in Laura's room. After Sheriff Truman is notified by Lucy and Agent Dale Cooper gets the mysterious call, Bob is finally convicted in the hospital basement. The ending features the famous dream sequence where Cooper meets Laura Palmer as well as the little man in the red suit. By his own admission, David Lynch liked this section so much that he later reused it for the second episode of the series.

An overview of the changed and added sections:

Which Twin Peaks version is better? Original or international?

For newcomers, the only recommendation is to start with the shorter original version. The resolution is different from the one in the series, but it takes away the suspense from the plot too early. Some things could also cause even more confusion. The additional minutes also don't really provide any added value, but a look might still be interesting for connoisseurs. The longer version is also suitable for a quick refresher or preparation for the 2017 season. If you don't like the series format at all, but would still like to get a taste of Twin Peaks, you should prefer the longer, international version, as it is self-contained.

Twin Peaks on Blu-ray, DVD and streaming

For the home video market, both versions were released on DVD in 2007 in the Twin Peaks - Definitive Gold Box Edition. In 2014, the Blu-ray release followed along with the film in the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery box set. After the third season, Twin Peaks - A Limited Event Series was released in 2017, Universal Pictures released the complete boxes Twin Peaks: The Television Collection and Twin Peaks: From Z to A, which includes a 4K Ultra HD version of the pilot episode as an extra. Apparently, only the shorter original pilot can currently be streamed. It should be noted that the pilot is offered in two parts on, so the buyer is asked to pay twice. We don't know whether that's the case in other countries, as well. If you do, please write it in our comment section.

Runtime of the original version: 1:34:03
Runtime of the international version: 1:52:55

Runtime difference: 18 minutes and 52 seconds

[Timecodes are taken from the international version.]

Compared was the original version with the international version, both included on the Blu-rays by Universal Pictures

Note: we used the German audio track for this comparison and translated the dialogs verbatim for the translation of this article. Therefore, it's possible that it may vary a little from the English original in terms of wording.

[1:33:11] ''Sarah Palmer's Vision".
Sarah Palmer's vision contains additional scenes and is edited differently. She first calls out to her daughter Laura in the stairwell. The shorter original version shows only two short shots of this.

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Sarah then runs down the stairs and enters Laura's room. After looking around the room, she sees Killer Bob kneeling behind the bed. In the original version, she dreams about the walk in the woods instead.

International pilot:Original pilot:

After Sarah wakes up from the shock and gets up from the sofa, she once again catches sight of Bob behind the bed. In the original, someone puts the stone from the ground aside.

International pilot:Original pilot:

Then she screams out loud and calls for her husband, Leland Palmer. In the original version, the unknown person in the woods digs up Laura's necklace. The credits roll and the shorter pilot episode ends.

International pilot:Original pilot:

[1:34:10] ''Lucy and Andy"
While Lucy Moran practices with the paddleball bat and Deputy Andy Brennan plays the trumpet, Leland Palmer calls. He tells Lucy about his wife Sarah's vision and the visit from Laura's killer.

Lucy:Hello? Lucy Moran here.
Leland:Lucy, it`s Leland Palmer. I`m looking for the sheriff, Sheriff Truman. He`s not at home. Do you know where he is?
Lucy:You know, Mr. Palmer, I'm not at the Sheriff's Station, and since I'm not there, I'm at home here, and I don't know where the Sheriff is either.
Leland:Lucy, please listen to me. My wife is remembering something. She thinks she saw Laura's killer in Laura's room this morning.
Lucy:No. How is that possible?
Leland:I don't know, I don't know. But if she thinks that, then we need to do something. She thinks she could help someone draw the man's face.
Lucy: Ah yes! Deputy Tommy Hill - he draws our phantom pictures. He's very good. And you know what? The pictures he draws look just like the people.
Leland:Excellent. Have Sheriff Truman and that deputy get over here right away, ok?
Lucy:Ok. I just thought of something. When I hang up, I'm going to call the sheriff in his car, in his cruiser, and tell him everything you just told me.
Leland:Thank you, Lucy.

Lucy then informs Sheriff Herry Truman.

Lucy:That was Mr. Palmer. He told me that he thinks his wife remembers, this morning, when she was in Laura's bedroom, possibly seeing the.... Hello Sheriff? Well, well, well. Hi. I figured you'd be in your cruiser.
Truman:Yeah, Lucy, what's up?
Lucy:Mrs. Palmer was in her daughter's room this morning and now she remembers.... You should sit down. Oh, you're sitting down. You're driving. She now remembers seeing the killer there.
Truman:No. Really?
Lucy:The Palmers want her and Hawk to join them. They want Hawk to paint a sketch.
Truman:I'll be right there. Ten minutes.
Lucy:And we were ready for bed after all.
Andy:Oh, Punky.

[1:36:45] ''Mysterious call"
During the night, Agent Dale Cooper receives a call in his hotel room at the Great Nothern Hotel. The stranger has information about the killer and wants to meet him at the hospital.

Cooper:Agent Cooper.
Unknown:Were they asleep?
Cooper:Yes. Who is it?
Unknown:It's a strange night. There's something in the air. Do you sense it? Remember Teresa Banks, she was found last year?
Cooper:Yes, I remember.
Unknown:I know who killed her. I also know about the stitches with the red thread. There is more you might be interested in. I'm at the hospital now.
Cooper:I'll be right there.

Cooper turns on the lights and is then told by Lucy about the latest events.

Cooper:Hi, Agent Cooper.
Lucy:It's Lucy, from the office.
Cooper:Are you still at the office?
Lucy:No. Andy and I are at my place. Andy just played the trumpet. We were about to go to bed. and do you know what happened there?
Cooper:No, tell me.
Lucy:So, Mrs. Palmer was in her daughter's room this morning and she remembers, she thinks, seeing the killer there. That's why Hawk and the sheriff are on their way to the Palmers to take a sketch.
Cooper:Tell the sheriff to meet me at the hospital afterwards with the picture.
Lucy:At the hospital?
Cooper:Yes, at the hospital and hurry up.

Then he records another voice message for Diane.

Cooper:Diane. Just woke up. Out of a deep sleep. At the Great Northern Hotel. Room 315, it's 2:24 am. Received two phone calls in a row. The first, from a man unknown to me who had certain confidential information about the Teresa Banks case. Meet him at the hospital right away. At the same time, Mrs. Palmer remembered or had a vision of the killer. The sheriff is already on his way to see her and after that he will meet me. Diane. When two events involving the same case happen simultaneously, we have to pay very close attention.

[1:39:40] ''One-Armed-Man"
Dale Cooper, Herry Truman and Andy Brennan visit the unknown man from the phone in the hospital.

Andy:He is not armed. He wants to see you, and he wants to see you in this room.
Mike:Leave the lights off. The tubes are broken. Your transformer is acting up.
Cooper:We know.
Mike:Wasn't Laura Palmer here earlier? We have dwelt among men. We have dwelt above them. I say it as it sounds. My name is Mike. This is Bob.
Cooper:You were in an elevator here today, around 1. 30 p.m.
Mike:I was looking for Bob. He sometimes works with the ill... the injured of the species. I have been watching Mr. Cooper for a year. waiting for Bob to show up again. I know they have a great interest in the outcome of this endeavor. I, too, have been touched by him, the body Tattoo on my left shoulder. But when I saw the face of God, I was changed. I took off the whole arm.
Truman:We want to show you a composite sketch of Bob.

The sheriff shows the mug shot of Killer Bob to the one-armed man. He recognizes him and then tells the three that Bob is down in the basement.

[1:43:13] ''Basement"
Killer Bob is holding his ritual in the basement of the hospital. When Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman arrive there, he calls for Mike and tries to reach him in his mind.

Mike appears in the background and shoots Bob.

He screams in pain and falls to the ground. Sheriff Truman kneels down to him. After looking at the dead Bob, Agent Cooper watches as the 12 candles go out.

[1:46:44] ''Twenty-Five Years Later"
The aged Dale Cooper finds himself in the "red room" and discovers Laura Palmer and the little man in the red suit.

Laura taps her nose and the "Man From Another Place" has good news.

The little man gets up from the couch and starts dancing to the jazz music. Laura rises as well, saunters over to Dale Cooper and whispers something in his ear.

End. While dancing continues, the credits roll.