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A new trailer for Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks’ — really? Really.

Kyle MacLachlan returns as Special Agent Dale Cooper in Showtime’s “Twin Peaks,” which debuts May 21.
Kyle MacLachlan returns as Special Agent Dale Cooper in Showtime’s “Twin Peaks,” which debuts May 21. Showtime

One thing becomes clear in the new trailer for Showtime’s “Twin Peaks”:

We’re getting older.

The trailer, released Thursday, is basically a slideshow of returning characters — Big Ed Hurley (Everett McGill); Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton, who appeared in the “Twin Peaks” film prequel “Fire Walk with Me”); Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie); Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz); Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill (Michael Horse); and, of course, Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan).

Only one word is spoken: Hawk says, “Really.”

As one might expect, creator David Lynch dwells on each character just long enough to for the viewer to think, “Oh, wow. They look so much older.”

The trailer shows no glimpse of any of the new cast members, which include Tipton, Mo., actor David Koechner or KC’s David Dastmalchian.

In an interview with The Star a few days ago, Dastmalchian said he was incredibly proud to be involved in the series (and the upcoming sequel to “Blade Runner”).

“I wish I could say anything about anything,” he said. “To be a small part in any way of those storytelling experiences is a huge thing for me.”

For TV fans of a certain age (and their offspring who discovered the oddball series via Netflix), “Twin Peaks” represents a pinnacle of series TV.

After David Lynch’s series garnered ABC its best ratings in years in its 1989-90 debut season, the series swiftly saw a decline in quality and ratings. It was canceled partway into its second season. But the short-lived series inspired everything from “The X-Files” and “Northern Exposure” to “NYPD Blue” and “The Sopranos.” For a time, it was everything Starz’s new series “American Gods” is trying to be.

Lynch has said the Showtime revival isn’t a series as much as an 18-part feature film. Whatever you want to call it, the first episode/chapter will debut May 21 on Showtime.

David Frese: 816-234-4463, @DavidFrese

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