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Old favorites revisited dominate the conversation this week, as explorers go back into space to mess with aliens, and David Lynch makes his long-awaited return to Twin Peaks, Washington. But there’s so much more than two iconic classics making a comeback. This week’s list of Rolling Stone editor picks goes far beyond the mystery of Laura Palmer’s murder and GI-distress-causing monsters. 

'Twin Peaks' Returns

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‘Twin Peaks’ Returns

If you listen really quietly at 9 p.m. (or whatever time it premieres in your area) this Sunday night, you’ll probably hear the faint echo of Angelo Badalamenti’s famous theme playing nearby as David Lynch brings us back to Twin Peaks, Washington after 25 years away. Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is back for more pie and damn good coffee, and he’s going to encounter a whole bunch of new characters, played by everyone from Jim Belushi to Sky Ferreira.

And if you really want to immerse yourself in Twin Peaks arcana, check out Dover Quartet and their music inspired by the iconic score from the series (they’ll also be performing May 30th at le Poisson Rouge in New York City).

'Alien Covenant'

Mark Rogers

‘Alien: Covenant’

Peter Travers, in his review for Ridley Scott’s followup to 2012’s Prometheus, says “Fans are going to freak out” at what he believes is one of the best films in the entire series. Set 18 years before the very first Alien film (from 1979) this prequel (featuring solid performances from Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup and Katherine Waterston) restores “the balance between brain teasing and hardcore terror,” Travers raves.