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Classic Moments: Laura Palmer found in 'Twin Peaks'

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Classic Moments: Laura Palmer found in 'Twin Peaks'
This week we look at the moment a mystery was first uncovered during the opening moments of the Twin Peaks pilot episode.

The Context:

Acclaimed director David Lynch's foray into television was highly anticipated, with many wondering just how the unique - and very niche - artistic vision could translate into a weekly series. The feature length pilot promised to introduce viewers to the surreal world of the town of Twin Peaks, but viewers were unaware just how startling the opening scenes would prove to be...

The Moment

Local layabout Pete Martell heads down to the lake for a spot of fishing, hoping that none of his catches end up in his perculator. On the pebbly shore he notices a strange object standing out amongst the natural scenery. He moves closer and sees a naked body within.

After calling the local police, a team peel back the sheeting and discovers the lifeless, but serene face of local beauty queen Laura Palmer staring back at them. The much-loved girl, who helped out a great deal in the local community, was wrapped naked in plastic sheeting.

Deputy Andy Brennan breaks down in tears whilst trying to photograph the body, with his hysteria eliciting an uneasy moment of humour during such a tragic moment. Pete then recounts the moment when he discovered the body, saying the words 'wrapped in plastic' in his slow drawl. The mystery had just begun...

The Aftermath:

One of the great televisual whodunnits, the 'Who Killed Laura Palmer?' saga became a cultural phenomenon as many millions tuned in each week to find out whether Special Agent Dale Cooper was any nearer to unlocking the clues and solving the case. A fascinating juxtaposition was subsequently created between the pure, sweet beauty queen the character (in deceased state ) was introduced to the audience as, and the very troubled and wild teen we'd discover Palmer to be.

Soon, a Twin Peaks fanzine was launched - still running to this day - entitled, appropriately, 'Wrapped In Plastic'.

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