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as Agent Dale Cooper
as Sherrif Harry S. Truman
as Bobby Briggs
as Benjamin Horne
as Donna Hayward
as Deputy Hawke
as Leo Johnson
as Audrey Horne
as Norma Jennings
as Log Lady
as James Hurley
as Leland Palmer
as Laura Palmer
as Deputy Andy Brennan
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Critic reviews for Pilot Episode
Big in the 90s was the trend where teenagers would start spontaneously start crying and running around screaming right before the transference of bad news.
This first episode does an astonishing job of establishing a labyrinthine nexus of characters, and pacing each of their storylines beautifully.
Cooper's precision will be challenged by the increasingly supernatural mystery. He is the most appropriate avatar for Twin Peaks, modulating continually between a peculiar humor and the plain peculiar.
Twin Peaks does an exceptionally good job of establishing its characters as well as their secrets and indeed their motivations, taken or not taken, for killing Laura, or at least wanting her dead.
David Lynch and Mark Frost's pilot episode for Twin Peaks is still one of the best pieces of television ever made for a network.
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