• Twin Peaks (2017)

    Fifteenth episode: There's some fear in letting go / The Return, Part XV

    Content: Cooper's doppelgänger arrives at the convenience store to ask Jeffries about the assassination attempt and someone called Judy. Jeffries tells him Cooper has already met Judy and gives him numbers. Outside, Richard attacks the doppelgänger, whom he recognized as an FBI agent his mother Audrey knew, but is subdued. In Las Vegas, Chantal assassinates Duncan Todd and Roger. Cooper reacts to hearing Gordon's name on TV, and sticks a fork into an electrical socket. Inspired by Dr. Jacoby's show, Nadine tells Ed he is free to pursue Norma. Norma lets Walter buy out the RR franchise, then accepts Ed's marriage proposal. Gersten attempts to console an armed, suicidal Steven in the woods; hiding from a passerby, she hears a gunshot. The Log Lady calls Hawk and gives him some final advice before dying. Audrey and Charlie continue to argue. At the Roadhouse, James is attacked by Renee's jealous husband, Chuck, whom Freddie hospitalizes with his glove; Freddie and James are arrested. A young woman crawls across the Roadhouse floor and screams.

    Analysis: The main question is obviously who Judy is. My theory would be that she could be Naido, the mysterious Asian woman Special Agent Cooper encountered before becoming Douglas Jones. Another hint for this theory is that Naido mysteriously appeared in Twin Peaks and that the Fireman communicated Andy that this woman is going to be very important. Maybe Naido could be the doppelganger of Laura Palmer or at least another person sent to Earth by the Fireman to prevent evil. The fact that Douglas Jones got an electric shock after hearing Gordon Cole's name on television let many people to believe that this might have awoken Special Agent Dale Cooper and I think this theory is realistic. Concerning the arguments involving Audrey and Charlie, I was thinking that Audrey might be in a psychiatric hospital and that Charlie could be her therapist. She seems to be unable to leave her house because of the traumatizing things Evil Cooper seems to have done to her. Maybe Richard Horne tries to meet Evil Cooper in order to force him to meet his mother top help her free herself from the traumatizing events of yore. Another element I was thinking about is that it doesn't seem to be a coincidence that Freddie and James get arrested after their bar brawl. Freddie is now close to Naido in jail and might be able to protect her with his magic glove if Evil Cooper decides to attack her.

    Description: This episode mixes uplifting and sinister moments in a balanced way. On the positive side, we see how Nadine decides to move on in her life, how Norma doesn't get corrupted by greed and money and how Big Ed is finally able to live with the love of his life. On the negative side, we see a cold-blooded assassination, a potential suicide attempt in the woods and the moving departure of the Log Lady. Despite a few weaker scenes towards the end of the episode, this is one of the most balanced episodes of the new seasons and continues to develop an intriguing plot towards a stunning finale.

    Favorite scene: Most people would probably mention the saddening departure of the Log Lady or Big Ed's marriage proposal to Norma. The scene that intrigued me most and that I hope will be developed further in the next episode is however the first direct meeting between Richard Horne and Evil Cooper. This scene was emotional, sinister and tense and I'm curious what kind of relationship they are going to have.

    Rating: 8,5/10

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  • Twin Peaks (2017)

    Fourteenth episode: We are like the dreamer / The Return, Part XIV

    Content: Frank informs Gordon that pages found from Laura’s diary suggest the existence of two Coopers. Albert tells Tammy about the first Blue Rose case. Diane identifies Janey-E as her estranged half-sister. Gordon orders the Las Vegas office to search for the Joneses. Gordon recalls dreaming of Monica Bellucci and the last appearance of Phillip Jeffries. Chad is arrested. Frank, Hawk, Bobby and Andy follow Major Briggs's instructions and find Naido naked in the woods. Andy gets visions of past, present and future from the Fireman. James learns from fellow Great Northern security guard Freddie Sykes that he bought a strength-enhancing rubber glove and moved to Twin Peaks from London after a vision of the Fireman. James notices a strange hum in the boiler room. Sarah rebuffs a trucker's advances at a bar. When he insults her, she opens her face, revealing darkness. She then bites his throat, killing him. At the Roadhouse, Megan and Sophie discuss Billy, who stormed in and out of Megan's kitchen, bleeding from his nose and mouth.

    Analysis: Since Janey-E is revealed to be Diane's estranged half-sister, it seems even more possible now that she helped Evil Cooper fabricating Douglas Jones and is still communicating with her. The reason for their estrangement isn't discussed but it could be something quite intense. I was wondering why Andy was chosen to get the message from the Fireman. Initially I thought that Hawk with his special knowledge of mythology in and around Twin Peaks might have been the perfect choice but I figured out that Andy might have been chosen because he is innocent, kind and pure. The Fireman is confirmed as positive spiritual entity, reminding me of the concept of a good god. Sarah Palmer's actions seem to confirm that she is indeed the girl that had to serve as a host to the monstrous entity that appeared in New Mexico. This means that Sarah Palmer both had a demon under her chest as well as an angel in her womb when she gave birth to Laura Palmer. Now that Laura Palmer is completely gone, Sarah Palmer has become evil. The description of Billy's injuries might fit to the drunk guy in Twin Peaks' jail. Since he repeats every word he hears, he could be manufactured and controlled by someone else like Douglas Jones. Since we saw Evil Cooper winning an arm wrestling competition in episode thirteen, it's possible that Freddie wears the glove to defeat Evil Cooper when he returns to Twin Peaks. He could become the unexpected hero of this season.

    Description: After a slow-paced thirteenth episode, this one is one of the most entertaining, eventful and surprising episodes of the new seasons and the entire series. Especially the episode's second half involving three mysterious events in Twin Peaks is outstanding and will please old and new fans alike.

    Favorite scene: This episode had numerous outstanding scenes. However, my favorite one was when Naido was brought to the jail. The situation comedy involving her, a mysterious drunk man and a desperate Deputy Sheriff Chad Broxford was great comedic relief and I have watched this scene over and over again.

    Rating: 9,5/10

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  • Twin Peaks (2017)

    Thirteenth episode: What story is that, Charlie? / The Return, Part XIII

    Content: The Mitchum brothers bring Bushnell gifts at Lucky 7 Insurance. Duncan Todd orders Tony to kill Dougie. Cooper's doppelgänger arrives at a building in Montana where Ray and a gang await him. He kills the gang boss, and Ray tells him Philip Jeffries ordered Cooper's doppelgänger dead, and that a prison guard gave him a ring. After obtaining coordinates from Ray, he kills him. Richard Horne is also in the building and observes Cooper's Doppelgänger killing Ray. The ring and Ray's spirit appear in the red room, where MIKE picks up the ring. The Fusco brothers refuse to believe Dougie's fingerprint analysis. Tony asks the corrupt policemen for poison to kill Dougie. Hutch and Chantal drive through Utah. Tony poisons Dougie's coffee, but dumps it out and confesses his collusion with Todd to Bushnell. Big Ed and Bobby have dinner at the Double R, watching Norma meet with Walter, who has helped her franchise her business. Nadine and Jacoby meet for the first time in seven years. Sarah Palmer watches a loop of a boxing match at home. Audrey tells Charlie she doesn't know who or where she is and can't leave the house. Renee cries while watching James perform at the Roadhouse. Big Ed lights a piece of paper.

    Analysis: The fact that Richard Horne Comes to the place where Evil Cooper kills Ray seems to prove that Evil Cooper is actually Richard Horne's father. They could team up and become very dangerous along with Hutch and Chantal. Another thing I have observed is Audrey Horne's state of confusion. Maybe she got infected by an evil spirit when Evil Cooper raped her. Audrey Horne acts differently from the first two seasons and such a possession by an evil spirit would explain this radical change. An important element to observe in this episode is time. Sarah Palmer's television seems to have interferences and loops a short part of a boxing match over and over again. Since we know that the spirits from the Black Lodge travel and communicate through electricity and time, this could mean that Sarah Palmer's house is used as a portal by evil spirits. It's also possible that she is a vehicle for those spirits herself which would confirm my theory that she is the girl from the eighth episode. Another element related to time is the fact that Bobby Briggs mentions that the police has just found a message from his father when he comes to the Double R Diner. However, this has happened several episodes earlier and Bobby Briggs has already been to the Double R Diner to talk to Becky and Shelly before. However, the way he talks about his father's message sounds as if it had just happened. This could mean that this series isn't chronological at all. I don't think this is a coincidence. Maybe the portal to the Black Lodge is opening up and not only influencing machines via electricity and people by making them feel more aggressive, confused and emotional, but also by influencing the space-time continuum. Perhaps the entire town of Twin Peaks is caught in a loop and cut from reality because of the Black Lodge. Something similar might have happened in New York and South Dakota which explains the gruesome murders that nobody could explain. In all other places such as Montana, Nevada and Utah, the space-time continuum doesn't seem to be affected. Maybe the conclusion of this third season could lead to the fact that all characters in Twin Peaks travel back twenty-five years in the past and continue to live in an undisturbed space-time continuum. This would be a happy ending since all characters of the first two seasons have changed for the worse. In the cases of Audrey Horne or Doctor Jacoby, These changes seem obvious but even those who seem to be successful such as Bobby Briggs and Big Ed have lost the loves of their lives and don't seem as happy as they could be. A return in time would mean a second chance for everyone. This could also be the moral of the series: take your chances, enjoy every day and don't let yourself down.

    Description: One great sequence doesn't make a great episode yet. While the sequence involving Cooper's doppelgänger, Ray and the gang of criminals was a highlight of this season, this episode also had several repetitive and redundant moments. I wasn't impressed by Big Ed's return on screen at all, the meeting between Doctor Jacoby and Nadine Hurley was just awkward, the conversation between Becky and Shelly seemed pointless, the scene involving Sarah Palmer overstayed its welcome and even the conversation between Audrey and Charlie that gave this episode its tagline could have been a little bit more fleshed out. Thanks to a great opening half and several interesting elements to analyze, this episode isn't the weakest of the new season but it came very close.

    Favorite scene: The entire sequence involving Cooper's Doppelgänger, Ray and the gang of criminals was absolutely brilliant and a highlight of this episode and the entire season. The acting was stunning, we got some important background information and the atmosphere was very tense.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • Twin Peaks 2017: Let's rock

    Twelfth episode: Let's rock / The Return, Part XII

    Content: Gordon and Albert recruit Tammy and deputize Diane to the Blue Rose task force. Sarah Palmer has an unsettling experience in a grocery store, which leads Deputy Chief Hawk to check on her at her house. Albert interrupts Gordon and his French lady friend to show him a text message Diane received asking about Las Vegas. Cooper and Sonny Jim play catch. Audrey Horne demands that her husband, Charlie, help her find Billy, her missing lover. He reluctantly phones Tina, and is astonished by what she tells him, but does not tell Audrey what Tina said. Chantal and Hutch assassinate Warden Murphy. Frank Truman visits Ben Horne to tell him his grandson Richard killed the boy in the hit-and-run, and then attempted to kill the only witness, Miriam. Ben gives Frank the key to Room 315 as a memento for Harry, and agrees to pay Miriam's medical costs. Diane finds that the coordinates on Ruth Davenport's arm point to Twin Peaks.

    Analysis: This new episode asks a lot of new questions instead of answering any which is very interesting in my book. First of all, what's going on with Sarah Palmer? My impression is that she is controlled or possessed by an evil spirit because of her weird reactions at the grocery store and at home. This underlines my impression that she could be the nameless girl from the eighth episode that became the host of a demoniac creature. Up next, what's going on with Audrey Horne? She seems to have become a more sinister Person. Perhaps, her husband is more like a business partner and both are trying to use and abuse each other. My guess is that Billy is the guy whose truck had been taken by Richard Horne and that he got abducted or assassinated by him. The fact that Richard knew Billy and that Audrey Horne seems unusually aggressive underlines my thesis that Audrey Horne is Richard's mother and that Evil Cooper might be his father. Diane Evans either collaborates with Evil Cooper because she must obey him as he has found a way to put her under pressure or she collaborates with someone who actually wants Evil Cooper dead to take revenge on him for what he has done to her.

    Description: This was one of the most controversial episodes of the new season. A lot of viewers complained about the episode's slow pace, Audrey Horne's disappointing return and a lack of action, content and tension. I have to disagree. I thought that the episode's slow pace was perfectly employed. It added a light-hearted touch to the hilarious yet intimate conversation between Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfield in the hotel room. It added some depth and emotions in the conversation between Ben and Beverly. It added some Tension and uneasiness in Audrey's dispute with Charlie. Overall, I thought this episode was perfectly balanced between emotional sequences, humorous parts and uneasy passages. It was also perfectly balanced between scenes happening in and around Twin Peaks and parts Happening in Nevada and South Dakota. While this episode wasn't particularly memorable or outstanding, it was high-quality Twin Peaks material.

    Favorite scene: My favourite scene involved Albert Rosenfield, Gordon Cole and the beautiful French Lady. The scene didn't have much content but a lot of Situation comedy and was perfectly acted by everyone involved. I've read several theories that the different characters' reactions in this episode are parables linked to the audience's potential attitudes. Some viewers might fully enjoy this episode like Gordon Cole who is very active in this episode. Others might cringe and feel this episode stretched but try to carry on like Albert Rosenfield. Others like Audrey Horne might get really impatient because their expectations aren't met. Personally, I feel like Gordon Cole.

    Rating: 8/10

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  • Twin Peaks XI

    Eleventh episode: There's fire where you're going / The Return, Part XI

    Content: A group of children discover a severely injured Miriam crawling from the underbrush. Becky learns Steven has been cheating on her with Gersten Hayward. She drives to Gersten's apartment and shoots through the door, but the couple are elsewhere. At the diner, Becky's parents, Shelly and Bobby, chastise her over the incident. Red arrives and Shelly leaves to kiss him. After a child accidentally fires a gun through the diner window, Bobby discovers an anxious woman with a sick girl in her car. At the location where Hastings met Briggs, the FBI finds Ruth's body with coordinates written on one arm. Gordon sees woodsmen in a portal and is drawn back by Albert. A woodsman kills Hastings. While Hawk and Truman study an ancient map, the Log Lady calls Hawk and tells him "There's fire where you are going." Dougie's boss sends Cooper to give the Mitchums a $30 million check. The Mitchums plan to kill Cooper, but after Bradley has a prophetic dream, they decide he is not their enemy and take him for drinks and cherry pie.

    Analysis: The killing of Hastings seems to prove that the otherworldly dimension related to the Black Lodge seems to open up more regularly which will probably lead to an important clash between both worlds towards the end of this third season. Since Hastings knows too much about this dimension, he gets killed just like the librarian and Garland Briggs before. Gordon Cole might also be in a dangerous position. He seems to be aware of both dimensions and even had a vision of Laura Palmer in the last episode and of the three murdering woodsmen in this episode. Gordon Cole was rather a side character in the first two seasons but his determination and knowledge could become a key factor in this season's finale. I also think that Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfield are trying to trick Diane Evans and Evil Cooper. They show Diane Evans some coordinates that she could transmit to Evil Cooper. This place could be a trap since Cole and Rosenfield know that something is wrong with Diane. Another important element is one of the dreams one of the Mitchum brothers had that actually saved Douglas Jones' life. This dream isn't a coincidence and I believe that Douglas Jones got some help from Mike and possibly other helpful characters from the Black Lodge in this case. One last thing I was thinking about are the strange behaviors of several citizens in Twin Peaks. Think about the vomiting young lady, the aggressive woman in her car, the boy that accidentally fires a gun, an unusually aggressive Becky and so on. I'm convinced that these aren't just random stories but parts of something bigger. Since a portal to the Black Lodge will open up right there in Twin Peaks, these strange behaviors can be seen as elements of foreshadowing and prove that the entire town is in danger when Douglas Jones and Evil Cooper are bound to meet there. 

    Description: This eleventh episode is quite entertaining and fast-paced. The first half is rather gloomy as we witness a severely injured Miriam, an overtly aggressive Becky and the mysterious murder of Hastings. Things get a little bit more light-hearted towards the end when Douglas Jones becomes friends with the Mitchum Brothers that initially wanted to kill him. The closing scenes at the restaurant where a confused Douglas Jones meets a former slot-addict are beautiful in an almost optimistic way.

    Favorite scene: This episode is filled with memorable scenes. The weirdest one involves a very convincing Bobby Briggs who meets an exaggeratedly upset elderly woman and a strange younger woman who pukes. This scene manages to be both strangely amusing and uneasily disgusting at the same time. This contradictory mixture seems to be one of David Lynch's specialities and goes back to his earliest films such as Eraserhead.

    Rating: 8,5/10

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