• Twin Peaks, third season, seventh episode (2017)

    Seventh episode: There's a body all right / The Return, Part VII

    Content: Hawk and Frank Truman look at the pages torn from Laura's diary, which contain an entry about Annie telling Laura in a dream that the good Dale Cooper is trapped in the Black Lodge. Frank calls Harry, who is too unwell, so he speaks to Doc Hayward, who was also with Cooper after he came out of the Lodge. Lt. Knox from the Pentagon arrives in Buckhorn, and is stunned to find that the body is that of Garland Briggs, which has not aged in 25 years. Albert and Gordon convince Diane to speak to Cooper in prison—she reluctantly agrees, but leaves deeply upset over what occurred the last time she saw him. Andy investigates the hit-and-run incident, but the farmer who owns the truck Richard Horne was driving refuses to speak and arranges to meet him later, but never turns up. Cooper's doppelgänger blackmails Warden Murphy into releasing him and Ray. In Las Vegas, police visit Cooper at work to question him about Dougie's destroyed car. As Cooper leaves with Janey-E, Ike pulls a gun on them, but Cooper expertly disarms him as The Arm appears urging Cooper to "squeeze his hand off". Beverly tries to locate the source of a mysterious humming noise in Ben Horne's office, then returns home to her terminally ill husband.

    Analysis: This episode seems to announce that Dale Cooper will shortly be returning to Twin Peaks as Douglas Jones. First of all, Douglas Jones' exploded car and the vicious attack by a hitman might soon lead to the F.B.I. getting involved and discovering that this man looks incredibly similar to Special Agent Dale Cooper. Secondly, Hawk and Truman have discovered the true meaning of the three pages torn from Laura Palmer's diary and have understood that Evil Cooper is a menace while Good Cooper must be helped by any means necessary. Thirdly, Benjamin Horne understood that the hotel key that was sent by mail is related to Special Agent Dale Cooper as well. Three different parties might therefore have realized that Special Agent Dale Cooper's actions in the past, present and future are going to be very important. There are a few more elements to analyze. Why does Major Garland Briggs' body looks like it didn't age in the past twenty-five years? The reason is that he was already killed by Evil Cooper twenty-five years ago but his body had been conserved and was only released from the Black Lodge recently. Evil Cooper seems to have used this body for several evil actions. The deceased Major Garland Briggs might even have been inhabited by an evil spirit from the Black Lodge that cooperates with Evil Cooper. Maybe his body was now released and discovered because it can only stay outside the Black Lodge for twenty-five years and has therefore become useless. The appearance of the body could be a warning from Evil Cooper to the F.B.I. to not interfere with him. What about the strange appearance in the morgue? I think it's the same entity that was seen in the prison in the second episode. My guess is that it's the evil spirit that possessed Bill Hastings and forced him to commit murders for Evil Cooper. It might try to sabotage the investigations on the mysterious murders and even menace local cops as well as F.B.I. agents. Maybe this spirit is a demonic doppelgänger of Ray who seems to be Evil Cooper's most reliable associate. Up next, why was Diane so scared to meet Evil Cooper again? She refers to something that happened between her and him twenty-five years ago and she is so nervous to talk about it that she drinks, smokes and swears throughout the entire episode. It seems obvious to me that Evil Cooper did something terrible to her. Maybe he raped her or performed an evil ritual on her to get some garmonbozia. Evil Cooper obviously tried to discredit Special Agent Dale Cooper in order to make people despise or forget about him in order to take his place in the earthly world. What's going on with the humming sound in Benjamin Horne's office? Obviously, spirits from the Black Lodge are mobilising since a confrontation between the two Dale Coopers seems to be imminent. The question is whether these spirits are good or evil. Since the Giant appeared several times in this hotel and even had a human host who was working there, it's possible that he uses the hotel as a portal once again, probably to get in touch with Douglas Jones or Dale Cooper to wake him up, so he becomes who he really is again.

    Description: The seventh episode was pretty much on the same level as the previous episode. The start was much faster and gave a lot of information about the different side stories, the middle section was very intense leading to the climax when Douglas Jones got attacked by a hitman but the conclusion to this episode felt a little bit stretched. Especially the sequence at the Bang Bang bar overstayed its welcome. The acting of Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Naomie Watts and Christophe Zajac-Denek was phenomenal. However, my favorite character of this episode was a very quirky Gordon Cole portrayed by David Lynch himself. His dialogues with Laura Dern, Albert Rosenfield and several side characters had a perfect balance between comic relief and emotional seriousness. This episode shows that David Lynch is not only a great director, musician, painter and writer but also a stunning actor. David Lynch seems to fully convince in any form of art which might make him one of the most complete artists in the world.

    Favorite scene: Once again, there were several interesting scene but the one that stood out for me was the attack on Douglas Jones. Douglas Jones was instinctively acting like Special Agent Dale Cooper as he protected his wife in the first place, then disarmed the ruthless contract killer and finally chased the hitman away. The slow and menacing build-up towards this scene, the intense climax and the aftermath with the numerous short interview sequences with several eye witnesses were perfectly acted, directed and executed. Ike "The Spike" Stadtler might become one of my favorite antagonists in the Twin Peaks universe.

    Rating: 7.5/10

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  • Twin Peaks: third season, sixth episode (2017)

    Sixth episode: Don't die / The Return, Part VI

    Content: Police take Cooper to Dougie's home after he is found loitering outside his workplace. Janey-E receives a photo of Dougie with Jade and chastises Cooper for Dougie's infidelity but she seems to be willing to turn the page and support her husband. Cooper draws cryptic images of ladders and staircases on Dougie's case files, guided by lights on the pages. Mike from the Black Lodge asks Cooper to wake up and to not die. Dougie's boss is angry when he sees what Cooper did with the files until he recognizes a pattern in the drawings conveying information he finds disturbing, and finally thanks Cooper. Meanwhile, Janey-E meets the two criminals demanding $52,000 from Dougie and gives them $25,000, calling it her "only offer." Duncan Todd receives a message on his laptop and pulls an envelope marked with a black spot from his safe. A man with an ice pick receives an identical envelope containing photos of Dougie and Lorraine, then enters Lorraine's office and stabs her and two of her coworkers to death. Albert finds Diane, Cooper's assistant, in a bar. In Twin Peaks, Richard Horne meets a mysterious drug supplier named Red. He speeds recklessly in his truck, running over and killing a young boy. Carl Rodd witnesses the incident and attempts to comfort the boy's mother. Hawk drops a coin in the bathroom and sees that the stall manufacturer's logo is a Nez Percé chief. Noticing two screws missing from the stall door, he finds several written pages inside.

    Analysis: Let's try to go chronologically here. First of all, I think Douglas Jones told the truth about one of his colleagues being a liar. The patterns he seems to discover with some help from the Black Lodge's residents seem to show that one of his colleagues faked wrongful insurance claims to get some cash and share it with two police officers who would approve his version of the events that never ever took place. However, giving this information to his boss could put Douglas Jones in a very dangerous position because the behavior of his coworkers has grown a little bit more tense. In addition to this, Douglas Jones seems to have several skeletons in his own closet and I'm not only referring to his gambling addiction and weakness for prostitutes. In the previous episode, one co-worker made an allusion to Douglas Jones as if Dougie had done something illegal or at least secret. Douglas Jones faces the constant risk to lose his wife, job or even life because of his former life as Douglas Jones and his new life as Dale Cooper. This could soon lead to an intense showdown. The next thing to analyze is the targeting of Dougie and Lorraine. Who wants to get them killed and why? My guess is that Evil Cooper is behind all of this. He wants Lorraine to die because she knows too much about the device related to the Black Lodge in Buenos Aires as Evil Cooper wants to be the only one to possess, know and control everything. He obviously wants Douglas Jones to die because Dale Cooper is the only one who could bring Evil Cooper back to the Black Lodge or even harm him. Hiring a hitman is Evil Cooper's way to protect himself and still being active despite being in prison. The third element to analyze is rather simple. Diane's appearance means that she is the one who is going to meet Evil Cooper to see what's wrong with him. My guess is that she will realize that he isn't who he pretends to be. The fourth element to analyze is Red's appearance. Is this guy just a drug lord or is he more than just that? I believe there is more to him because his magic trick doesn't just look like a trick, it looks like a supernatural capacity. Red might as well be a demon from the Black Lodge and could be or become an associate of Evil Cooper. I know this is a bold guess but that would be my prediction. The fifth and last thing to analyze are the pages Hawk finds in the bathroom of Twin Peak's Sheriff Department. First of all, where do these pages come from? There are two possibilities in my book. One could be that these are missing pages from Laura Palmer's secret diary or personal notes made by Dale Cooper. Anyway, I believe these notes are related to the fact that Dale Cooper is still caught in the Black Lodge. This is what the Log Lady wanted Hawk to find out. The second question is: Who put these pages there? Could it have been Laura Palmer herself before she died? I don't think this is probable because she didn't get these kinds of instructions and couldn't have predicted what would happen after her death. Could it have been Dale Cooper? I don't think so either because it's not like him to hide notes in a bathroom door. He would have thought of another way to send his colleagues or friends from Twin Peaks a message. Could it have been Leland Palmer? It's probable that he tore some pages out of his daughter's diary to blur the fact that he was controlled by BOB. Maybe Leland Palmer had a short and lucid moment and wanted to hide these pages in a safe place before BOB could possess him again and destroy them. Since there is no safer place than a police station, this theory seems the most likely to me.

    Description: This episode is much better than the two previous ones and nearly reaches the level of the opening three episodes. The start of the episode is a little bit slow with Douglas Jones' struggles at home and at his workplace but the episode quickens up the pace after twenty minutes or so. Naomie Watts' character Janey-E Jones gets some more depth which is interesting, John Pirruccello's character Deputy Chad Broxford becomes more and more an interesting antagonist and we get some background information about Robert Forster's Sheriff Frank Truman and his deranged wife Doris Truman portrayed by Candy Clark. Many fans adored the short scene where Laura Dern is revealed to be Diane Evans, Special Agent Dale Cooper's former secretary. However, the most exciting moments for me are the appearances of two new creepy characters. First of all, we meet Balthazar Getty's Red, a mysterious drug lord who acts like a menacing sociopath who can shift from being casually friendly to becoming coldly menacing from one moment to the other. The magic trick he performs to confuse, dominate and menace Eamon Farren's Richard Horne, who is also a brutal psychopath, is both surreal and intense. The second new character is short-grown contract killer called Ike ''The Spike'' Stadtler, played by Christophe Zajac-Denek, who brutally slaughters one of his targets as well as two witnesses but only shows emotions when he realizes that his weapon broke. These two new villains, along with the developments of Chad Broxford and Richard Horne, are very promising for the upcoming episodes and show how strong the antagonists are in this third season. Let's just hope that a few powerful protagonists come around to support Dale Cooper.

    Favorite scene: There were many stunning scenes in this episode but my favorite is the intense hit-and-run scene. The build-up is dramatic and tense, the climax is heartbreaking and horrifying and the aftermath is shocking at first but becomes almost spiritual and comforting. These three minutes are probably the most intense so far in the series and bring back the spirit that defined Twin Peaks in the first two seasons as well as in the movie.

    Rating: 7.5/10

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  • Twin Peaks, third season, fifth episode

    Fifth episode: Case files / The Return, Part V

    Content: Cooper is dropped off at Dougie's workplace, an insurance company, still in a daze, although he reacts to a statue outside, the smell of coffee, and the words "agent" and "case files". The young boy across the road from Dougie's car goes to look at the device left by the assassins, but a group of punks break into the car which explodes. The Mitchums beat and fire casino pit boss Warrick after Cooper's winning streak. In Twin Peaks, Shelley lends her daughter Becky money, only to have her head off to take cocaine with her boyfriend. Dr Jacoby streams his conspiracy theory videos over the internet in order to sell his golden shovels, with Jerry Horne and Nadine Hurley among his viewers. Cooper's doppelgänger makes his phone call in prison, which causes the security systems to go haywire. In Buckhorn, an autopsy on the male body found reveals Dougie's wedding ring in the stomach. At the Pentagon, Colonel Davis is informed that the fingerprints on the Buckhorn body belong to Garland Briggs—the sixteenth set of such prints found over 25 years.

    Analysis: There are quite a few things to analyse in this episode. First of all, it becomes obvious that Dale Cooper's presence in Dougie Jones gets more and more dominant. He reacts to the word ''agent'' because he was once a special agent and seems alert when his boss gives him some ''case files'' as Dale Cooper seems to remember that he was once working on case files himself. His admiration for the statue with a gun outside Dougie Jones' workplace underlines Dale Cooper's admiration for an elegantly dressed man with a weapon like he was twenty-five years earlier. Secondly, a woman that wants Dougie Jones dead and Dale Cooper's evil doppelgänger both make calls to a mysterious device in Buenos Aires. I believe the ultimate evil entity of the Black Lodge I mentioned before could be connected to this device. It's obvious that this entity must be extremely powerful when even a cold-blooded assassin like Dale Cooper's doppelgänger and a woman that hired several hitmen call for help at this specific place. Those who have watched "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" might remember that a certain Agent Phillip Jeffries, played by the late David Bowie, who had a cameo appearance in the F.B.I. headquarters, actually disappeared in Buenos Aires. It's possible that this agent is used as a shell by the evil entity and that it will make its appearance soon. Thirdly, we have the fact that the beheaded male body found in South Dakota has Major Garland Briggs' fingerprints on it as well as a ring that seems to belong to Dougie Jones. My explanation would be that the evil entity from the Black Lodge used parts of Major Garland Briggs' body to commit the crime in South Dakota. This crime now seems to be a ritual kill made for Dale Cooper's evil doppelgänger. As mentioned before, Dale Cooper couldn't return into his normal body possessed by his evil doppelgänger and came back to reality as Dougie Jones. By committing this ritualistic murder, the evil entity enabled Dale Cooper's evil doppelgänger to avoid going back to the Black Lodge and forced the real Dale Cooper to wake up in a fabricated body. This seems to lead to the conclusion that Dale Cooper isn't actually working against the evil entity but for it as a hitman. The fact that Major Garland Briggs' fingerprints were found sixteen times on different bodies in twenty-five years seems to indicate that we have to deal with a dangerous mass murderer worse than Cooper's evil doppelgänger or BOB.

    Description: The fifth episode is the weakest of the new seasons so far but still fairly above average and quite on the same level as the fourth episode. Despite a slower pace than the first three episodes, there are still quite a few things happening in the fourth and fifth episode. Dougie Jones' story line is still amusing but also has a very sad touch because none of his family members, friends or work colleagues seem to realize that he needs help. Slightly amusing scenes such as Doctor Jacoby's conspiracy theory videos interchange with quite serious sequences such as the brutal sequence at the casino. Overall, the fifth episode isn't as light-hearted as the third episode and quite dark at times but not as unsettling as the first three episodes. It's probably the most balanced episode of the new season so far in terms of atmosphere, content and locations but Dougie Jones' story line gets slightly repetitive and some scenes such as the ongoing investigation in Twin Peaks are a little bit too slow, even by David Lynch's standards. On a side note, the fourth episode left us with a conversation between Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfield about a person that could talk to Dale Cooper's evil doppelgänger but this story line wasn't picked up at all in the fifth episode which was slightly disappointing in my opinion. I hope this promising conversation will take place in the sixth episode.

    Favorite scene: The scene at The Bang Bang Bar is truly haunting. A certain Richard Horne is smoking without permission and gets into a verbal conflict with a waiter. He then skillfully bribes security personnel and continues to provoke. He grows less and less sympathetic when he menaces a young woman who asks him to light her cigarette. This tense sequence is underlined by flashing lights, experimental jazz music played by a live band called Trouble and a vividly dancing crowd which recalls the nightmarish elements of David Lynch's "Lost Highway".

    Rating: 6.5/10

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  • Twin Peaks, third season, fourth episode: ...brings back some memories

    Fourth episode: ...brings back some memories / The Return, Part IV

    Content: Special Agent Dale Cooper alias Dougie Jones wins several jackpots in the casino thanks to some visions of the Black Lodge before being given a limo ride to Dougie's home. Dougie's wife, Janey-E, is upset about her husband's disappearance, but her mood changes upon seeing his casino winnings. Still near-catatonic, Cooper settles into life as Dougie. While getting dressed, he sees a vision of MIKE, who informs him that either he or his doppelgänger must die. At the Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Frank Truman gets an update on Hawk's investigation, and Deputy Bobby Briggs tells Truman that Cooper was the last person to see his father, Major Garland Briggs, before his death. Andy and Lucy's son Wally Brando arrives at the Sheriff's Office to pay his respects to his sick godfather Harry. Gordon meets with FBI Chief of Staff Denise Bryson before heading to South Dakota to see Cooper with Albert and Tamara. Cooper's doppelgänger claims he has been working undercover for Philip Jeffries. Gordon and Albert discuss their misgivings about Cooper, and decide to look for the one woman they think can help them.

    Analysis: There are three important elements to analyze here. Throughout the third and the fourth episodes, Special Agent Dale Cooper's behavior as Dougie Jones has been catatonic and he has only copied gestures and repeated words of people around him. However, when he drinks a cup of coffee, he suddenly seems to remember his former identity, says "Hi!" and gives a thumps up which were typical gestures for Special Agent Dale Cooper twenty-five years ago. This is a sign that Dale Cooper's mental presence is getting stronger than Dougie Jones' mental presence. A second important element to analyze is that Special Agent Dale Cooper was the last person to see Garland Briggs alive before he died in a fire. This could mean that Garland Briggs discovered the secret of Special Agent Dale Cooper's evil doppelgänger and was killed by him. It could also mean that this discovery forced the doppelgänger to go into hiding. This made me think of the first episode, where the body of an unidentified beheaded man was found next to the head of a librarian in South Dakota. Maybe this body could be Garland Briggs'. Its appearance could mean that there is an instability in the space-time continuum. This makes me think about the following element: Could it be possible to travel back twenty-years in time for Dale Cooper once he has defeated his doppelgänger and to wake up in the Great Northern Hotel where the second season ended? The last thing to analyze is the fact that Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfield have realized that something is abnormal about Dale Cooper who is in fact his evil doppelgänger. They say that there is only one woman that could help them find out what's going on with Dale Cooper. Since Heather Graham who played Cooper's love interest Annie Blackburn hasn't been cast for the third season, there are only two women I could think of who know Dale Cooper well enough to tell whether something's wrong with him or not. The most logical choice would be Audrey Horne who had a romantic interest in Dale Cooper. The only other choice that would make sense to me is Margaret Lanterman alias the Log Lady with her seemingly supernatural knowledge. A third and last option could be a completely new characters but I don't think that would be appropriate here.

    Description: After three sinister episodes, the fourth part is definitely the most light-hearted episode of the new season. Watching the erratic behavior of Special Agent Dale Cooper in Dougie Jones' body is absolutely hilarious. The scenes at the casino and at his home are pure comedy gold. On the serious side, we get some background information about the deceased Garland Briggs as well as his son Bobby who has become a deputy. We get the predictable information that either Dale Cooper or his evil doppelgänger must die. Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfield realize that something is wrong with Dale Cooper's doppelgänger. Other than this, the different cases and mysteries don't really make any progress. Sheriff Frank Truman and Wally Brando are the first two characters that I don't really like yet. The former is lacking charisma and the latter just seems to be pointless with his weird cameo appearance out of nowhere. The episode is overall still entertaining but is the first to have some minor lengths.

    Favorite scene: There is no question about this: Dougie Jones winning jackpot after jackpot is the most hilarious scene of the third season so far.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • Twin Peaks, third season, third episode: Call for help (2017)

    Third episode: Call for help / The Return, Part III

    Content: Cooper lands in a metal spaceship where two strange women appear to protect him from an unseen entity. Cooper's evil doppelgänger becomes sick while driving and crashes when the Cooper from the Black Lodge finds a portal and swaps places with another Cooper doppelgänger, Dougie Jones. In the Black Lodge, MIKE tells Dougie that he was manufactured for a purpose that has now been fulfilled. Dougie vanishes and MIKE takes his ring. Cooper is found in a disoriented state by a prostitute, Jade, who drives him to a casino. He wanders there, confused, and plays slot machines indicated with an image of the Black Lodge, winning jackpots every time. At the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department, Hawk, Andy and Lucy are unable to discern what is "missing". At the FBI headquarters in Philadelphia, Agent Tamara Preston is debriefing Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfield about the gruesome murders in New York City when Cole receives a phone call stating that Cooper has been found in South Dakota.

    Analysis: The space ship seems to be a transitory station between our real world and the Black Lodge. The mysterious entity that seems to menace Cooper could be the same that appeared in New York in the first episode and might become the main antagonist of the third season. It might be the mother of all evil and creator of the Black Lodge. It makes me think of a very powerful demon or even the devil itself. Since Cooper's evil doppelgänger doesn't want to return to the Black Lodge and swap places with Special Agent Dale Cooper, he used Dougie Jones to host Special Agent Dale Cooper's spirit from the Black Lodge. He was able to manipulate the man that looks slightly similar to Dale Cooper with the green ring from the Black Lodge. Special Agent Dale Cooper's and Dougie Jones' spirit are caught in the same body and don't harmonize initially which explains the character's erratic behavior. On the other side, Special Agent Dale Cooper's appearance nevertheless had an impact on his evil doppelgänger who lost some garmonbozia, which means that he is getting weaker. This explains his car crash as well as the fact that he got caught by the police. As the series goes on, my guess is that Special Agent Dale Cooper's mind will try to suppress Dougie Jones' mind while trying to find his evil doppelgänger, reclaim his earthly shell and send his antagonist back to the Black Lodge. The mysterious entity from the Black Lodge might though interfer with Special Agent Dale Cooper's plans in order to continue to use his evil doppelgänger for its own malicious purposes.

    Description: The third episode is not only the best of the new season so far but one of the very best Twin Peaks episodes ever. This episode has a very dark, mysterious and surreal vibe that sucks you in right from the start and never lets you go.

    Favorite scene: The entire opening sequence is absolutely brilliant. Special Agent Dale Cooper travels through space and ultimately lands inside a mysterious spaceship where he meets two mysterious women, receives a message from the deceased Garland Briggs about the mysterious criminal cases related to Twin Peaks, gets menaced by a strange entity that seems to be the creator of the Black Lodge and finally wakes up in Dougie Jones' shell. The first fifteen minutes of the episode are among the most gloomy, mysterious and surreal moments in all three seasons. Those who still doubted the new season might not be as good as the first two, should have realized by now that this isn't the case and that Twin Peaks is back for good and maybe stronger than ever.

    Rating: 10/10

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