There was somewhat of a cliffhanger in the last episode regarding whether or not Laura Palmer was still alive, leading us to believe that another season is on the horizon - but don't hold your breath. And you can't retcon life. FBI Chief Gordon Cole reveals that he's been keeping a secret from Albert for 25 years: Cole, Agent Cooper, and Major Briggs had a clandestine plan to locate an "extremely negative force" in the universe known as "Jowday", aka "Judy". "I just assumed that people would go on that journey with them", he says. That ABC soap used its bag of tricks - the backwards-speaking effect, the extradimensional "Black Lodge" - carefully, to build a story whose fundamentals, about the grief and trauma that comes after an untimely loss, were rock-solid.
This past Sunday saw the end of Twin Peaks: The Return.
And they don't know. As soon as Sarah told Mr. C that she missed him in NY, fans connected the two events right away. But before Chad can shoot Andy, super-punch kid Freddie Sykes floors him with the cell door. Freddie, saying this is his destiny, punches the unusual orb so hard that Bob shatters into pieces and disappears.
As Bradley Mitchum says that that was "an experience for the grandkids", I felt the terror and dread lift a little.
When Cooper finally notices Naido (Nae Yuuki) in the room, a very big still picture of his face appears superimposed over the image, indicating that Cooper indeed may be the dreamer mentioned in "Part 14". Was this all a dream? And while we're talking about dreams, what's going on with Audrey?
Everything does go dreamy after that, including the fact that Naido's face burns out and is replaced with Diane's. But there's still an hour to go after Cooper time travels. They've always balanced the raw human tragedy of it with its more surreal mythology in a way that's both respectful to the core themes, without betraying the role its lore plays in building out the framework with which Lynch and Frost explore identity, grief, domestic violence, and intergenerational trauma.
More important than the murder mystery whodunnit of the original series, than owls and coffee, quirky Federal Bureau of Investigation shenanigans, and conniving doppelgängers is this bad realization. He does this with the help of Phillip Jeffries, still a tin machine. We have as much an idea of what her ultimate fate is now as we did the first time around. We see Pete fishing merrily away, as he would have done on that foggy morning had Laura's body not appeared. As the camera delves into the split atom, the viewer senses, through sound and image, an unleashing of evil that personifies itself in the elusive "Bob", who now occupies the corporeal form of one of two Dale Coopers; followed by the suggestion that other forces can temper such occurrences by creating virtuous creatures (Laura Palmer, perhaps?). Cooper wanders the world with Diane and after a sexual encounter that the word "uncomfortable" seems too small to encompass, she leaves him to wander alone. The latest iteration of the series finished with a two-part finale after nearly 18 hours of mind-altering, attractive and infuriating television. The waitress he's seeking hasn't been to work in a few days, so he visits her home. However, when Cooper mentions her mother Sarah, Carrie's world shifts.
Will Twin Peaks TV show be cancelled or renewed for season four on Showtime? Sarah Palmer is living with an evil entity inside of her that shows no signs of leaving. Its story of an elderly farmer who travels by tractor on a multi-state odyssey to reconnect with his dying brother shares with several Lynch-pins with the series, namely a love of the road, western America's scenic beauty and Harry Dean Stanton. Frost and Lynch then interpolate footage culled from the opening scenes of the original pilot: those iconic shots of Laura's body, wrapped in plastic, washing ashore. Nothing about this ending seems satisfying, especially when the whisper of "Laura" is suddenly heard, and Carrie starts screaming hysterically as if all of Laura's pain had suddenly entered her.
Of course, Twin Peaks' deep, sometimes impenetrable lore involving dreams, doppelgängers, tulpas, and metaphysical spirits born of human evil, is not irrelevant. The breakdown in amount of time spent with each character is another reason why this revival doesn't live up to its full potential; if there was more of a balance, scenes would feel fuller and less like wasted screen time. "When our hearts are pure, then we create the lovely, enlightened life we have wished for". Never one to play it safe, giving David Lynch the keys to a Twin Peaks reboot seemed sure to produce unexpected results. Maybe his heart isn't pure enough yet. In the case of the Diane that was sent to the Red Room last week, she seemed to be a tulpa sent on a mission: to kill Gordon Cole and the rest of the Blue Rose unit.
- The Experiment is, as far as we know, still out there. There is still Audrey trapped somewhere.
You will nearly certainly never see anything like this on television again. You might lose someone you love. "Every one of you".
Frost and Lynch accomplish this by incorporating a long section from Fire Walk with Me that recounts events on the night of Laura Palmer's (Sheryl Lee) death.
At this point I've spent a lot of time trying to parse out the central mystery of this finale, but there are so many other mysteries to discuss.