"I just know I'm
gonna get lost in those woods again tonight" -- one of the
last recorded thoughts of the late Laura Palmer.
The woods -- rustling
with wild life -- are a major character in Twin Peaks. Like
shape-shifting Killer Bob himself, the wind leaps from branch to
branch. And while we can see (and smell) the agitated Douglas
Firs, we can never see or grasp the wind that stirs them. Deep in
the secret heart of the woods lies the concept of Mystery that breathes
life into Twin Peaks.
"Twin Peaks is
different, a long way from the world..." explains Sheriff Harry
Truman (named after the old guy who refused to leave Mt. St. Helens and
perished in the 1980 eruption). "There's something evil out there,
something very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want:
a darkness, a presence. It takes many forms. But it's been out there for
as long as anyone can remember...''