Apr. 08, 1990
60 min.
Showtime TV Network

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Twin Peaks

The series follows the investigation, headed by Special Agent Dale Cooper, of the brutal murder of a popular teenager and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer. Its set in a small fictional Washington town. Twin Peaks became one of 1990s' top-rated shows, a critical success both nationally and internationally. Reflecting its devoted cult fan base, the series became a part of popular culture.

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Welsh was born in Edmonton, Alberta to a father who worked for the Canadian National Railway. He grew ...

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Windom Earle is a former FBI agent, and the former partner and best friend of Agent Dale Cooper. He features in the second season. He is an evil genius and a master of disguise, well-versed in esoterica from all parts of the world. He has extensive knowledge of the “dugpas”, ancient sorcerers from Tibet dedicated to pure evil. Cooper says of Windom Earle “his mind is like a diamond: cold, hard and brilliant.”

Earle claims to have killed his wife Caroline, the love of Cooper’s life. He also has a fascination with the Black Lodge, whose secrets he is trying to unlock, as well as black magic. Major Garland Briggs states that Earle was involved in Project Blue Book, as was Briggs; however, their investigation in which Earle was involved was directly related to Twin Peaks and not the usual UFO investigations.

He is obsessed with chess and this also plays a role in some of the episodes, when he decides to use real people as the pieces. Earle appears to be killed by BOB in the Black Lodge, when he attempts to take Cooper’s soul. BOB says that Earle cannot ask for souls, but he will take Earle’s.

Dramatically, Earle represents an alternate Cooper: an FBI agent, once pure and following a code representing good, but ultimately being corrupted and pursuing evil; the implication being that even a pure soul like Cooper can wind up like Earle.

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 - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
03x16 - The Return, Part 16
Season 3, Episode 16
02x13 - Checkmate
Season 2, Episode 13
03x03 - The Return - Part 3
Season 3, Episode 03
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