Mon. Jul 13th, 2020

‘Twin Peaks’ The Return (REVIEW), It’s Bigger Than Before, David Lynch’s Imagination Has Only Gotten Scarier, Fire Run With Me!

Firstly, we’d have to unwrap a dead body to explain it all that occurred in the first episodes (1 and 2), which aired on Sunday night.  And since I don’t have the help of Sheriff Harry Truman, I’m leaving the body wrapped in plastic for a bit, maybe next week we’ll try to explain what happened.  Ignore the snobbish critics who somehow think that this has gone too far. They don’t know David Lynch, one of the most brilliant writing minds in Hollywood.  Only a country boy like David could bring so much sophistication, fear, blood and murder, not to mention intrigue to any TV series that is revived after a quarter of a century. 
So, quickly let’s give a small synopsis of what occurred tonight.  Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is in the Black Lodge, that red-draped room with the the zig-zag floors that reminds me of the Hitchcock/Dali collaboration in Spellbound. It’s there that Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) told Cooper that she’d see him in 25 years when Twin Peaks ended 25 years ago. Part ---In the town of Twin Peaks, Hawk (Michael Horse) gets a call from the Log Lady (the late Catherine E. Coulson), which has him looking into the files from Agent Cooper’s time in town. “Something is missing and you have to find it,” is part of her log’s message to him. Eventually, the investigation may involve coffee and donuts, but so far it has not. 

There’s a guy who looks like Agent Cooper, only as a leather-clad badass, going around causing trouble. He might have supernatural powers or appetites or he may just be strong.

In New York City there’s a guy whose name I don’t think is ever given and his job is watching an empty glass box in the concrete-walled loft of a towering high rise. He initially notes that his predecessor saw something in the box, but he has not.

 

Oh and in Buckhorn, South Dakota, a grotesque murder investigation quickly focuses on the local principal (excellent new addition Matthew Lillard), who professes innocence. As we know, in Twin Peaks, sometimes people do things they don’t want to do and don’t remember doing.

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Lynch and Mark Frost’s narrative didn’t get lost on me.  You had to really pay attention to the series, something we rarely do these days. In Twin Peaks, you are forced to pay attention to details, which drives some ADHD critics out of their minds.  Much like HBO’s Game of Thrones, this is a show for thinkers, for people with sophisticated thinking processes, and you just can’t have tuned in and thought, what is going on, then get bored. If that’s the case, this show isn’t for you, but it’s brilliant and definitely for me. I am already dreading only 16 episodes to go, and we just saw the first two.

 

Harry Goaz, Michael Horse and the sublime Catherine E. Coulson really stole the show.  And seeing Harry and Kimmy Robertson’s chemistry still going strong was so humorous.  These two break the tension of death and despair in many of the storylines throughout the episode. They are Bogie and Bacall on crack! And that is a compliment, I assure you.

 

Michael’s role is significant this season, it’s obvious, and he’s just grown into the role.  I love how this time around, we see that Agent Cooper though stuck in the Black Lodge for decades is unaware of the havoc being carried out by his evil doppelganger.  Down to the long hair and decidedly Lynch has inferences of Bob, without currently being recast, it makes him even more spooky.

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Lynch this time had a much bigger budget, and the special-effects are sublime.  From the exit to the Black Lodge to the New York City (glass box) with an evil spirit obviously finding its way into the world, to a gruesome number of murders by the bad Agent Cooper, it all blends perfectly well.
Many critics complain that we didn’t get to see much of Twin Peaks the town, but to me that is perfect storytelling. Lynch and Frost are explaining that the bad Coop has made himself a virtual serial killer around the country, while still we know that eventually the storylines and plots will all converge in Twin Peaks, they just have to all come home.

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With a school principal seemingly in the same trance that plagued Leland Palmer, it is genius for Lynch to decide no character is safe and he plugged with a bullet the principal’s wife, killing off my theory (no pun intended), that it was she who killed the librarian for an affair with her husband. Even though she gets around apparently as well.

 

Twin Peaks is back, in a bigger, more splashy and even more frightening way.  From a burning bush or small tree, to a creepy Mrs. Palmer and the Log Lady’s desperate last attempts at saving the town, to sexy Shelly Johnson (minus hunky Bobby Briggs so far) and Andy and Lucy to give us our dose of humor when it all becomes too heavy.

 

And the special effects, again, we must point out that they are so incredible this time around.  I’m sticking with it, I give David Lynch’s Return FIVE STARS and I’ll be here for the summer.  Forget a dead body wrapped in plastic. I’ll be checking under my bed covers very carefully before slipping into the sheets tonight. Thanks Mr. Lynch for returning to TV and for bringing us our greatest nightmare, guilty pleasure back.  Ignore the naysayers, I trust you!  It is most definitely happening again!

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Showtime
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