I was a fan of the 1990 Twin Peaks. I really didn't have any expectations for The Return. A lot can happen in 25 years. I thought Lynch illustrated that notion well. I was prepared for anything he might present. I have the show recorded and have viewed it several times, actually noticing new things each time. I liked the performances by the cast. David Lynch was fortunate to have such good actors available, and agreeable. Kyle MacLachlan is quite an actor, actually played 3 roles. And they don't get much better than Naomi Watts. I'm sure it did Lynch's heart good to see how she matured, and really became one of the better screen actors. I liked the satirical scenes, especially when Janey paid off the punks. Matthew Lillard was interesting. He noted that it was not an easy role. I liked Chrysta Bell, and considering this was one of her first roles I thought she handled it well. Tammie is an interesting character, the interview of Bill Hastings was tense. The rest of the Season 1 cast seemed to fall right back into their roles. Michael Horse sure brought Deputy Hawk back. And intriguing that Bobby became a cop finally, maybe as a gesture to his Dad. It was good to see Gordon Cole again. I noted that he was unable to see Shelly, maybe a good thing. It was good to see the RR Diner again, and I sure liked Norma and Ed finally getting together. That long take of Ed eating soup in his shop was a curious touch, nice. Odd what happened to Doctor Jacoby. I would have never guessed he would be an internet commentator. Nadine and her drapery shop was a nice touch. Really sad about Miguel Ferrer. You really could not tell he was in his last days. Warren Frost and Catharine Coulson were heart rending considering it was their swan songs as well. I imagine Harry Dean Stanton was expecting to live a few more years. Rest in peace friends. I'm sure Lynch is touched if he sees scenes from these people.
I was somewhat disappointed that there was not more time to resolve some plot lines and present some others. For example, Annie Blackburn not appearing or figuring into the story, Donna Hayward and Catharine Martell as well. I imagined that they all got out of Twin Peaks as they all had too much trouble. I had to imagine that Steven killed Becky and himself, it sure looked like it to me. I wondered that Shelly was dating Red as he was a major drug dealer in the town and she might have been informing on him to Sheriff Truman, at least I hope that is the case. Bobby's lack of reaction to the little encounter at the RR indicated that to me. I wondered about the mysterious Billy. He is mentioned more than a few times but not shown. The odd conversations among the Road House denizens were intriguing. And the odd scene at the RR where the fellow yells in the door about Billy's whereabouts. It did look like 2 scenes in one really, from one moment to the next like a time slip apparently. Again, my imagination. I remembered Sarah Palmer channeling the Black Lodge to Major Briggs in the RR that time. And the Fireman appeared in The Roadhouse at least twice. And of course The Great Northern Hotel proves to be a major portal. The Fireman appeared there a few times. I felt these places were affected by the local paranormal events.
And Cooper had a tulpa of himself. Thanks to The Fireman, Naido, The Arm and Mike he was enabled to escape the Black Lodge. He was mostly in shock and barely able to function. It looked like The Arm indicated actions Dougie needed to take, and Mike coached him often. Janey E was a tower of strength thankfully and sure loved Dougie.
It seemed that Sarah Palmer was possessed similarly to her late husband Leland.
I thought Audrey Horne was obviously in a sanitarium and dreaming, only to suddenly awaken.
I had to wonder how Diane got into the Black Lodge? Again, I imagine that she was distraught over Cooper going into it, and as she was one of the few people that knew where an entrance was she went in herself, maybe out of love and probably some curiosity. I also suspected that possibly Mr. C kidnapped Diane and put her in the Black Lodge, then somehow had a tulpa made of her and brought out of the Lodge. It did appear that this tulpa was working with Mr. C to spy on The Blue Rose task force.
The other major character in The Return was of course Mr. C. He is followed every step of the way. According to 'The Final Dossier', Tammie Preston's account to Gordon Cole, Mr C became a criminal kingpin and amassed quite a fortune, what with his paranormal powers which he demonstrates well. I got the impression that his major goal was to remain in this dimension and enjoy his wealth. From 'The Final Dossier' I thought that he destroyed Maj. Briggs' listening post, took some of the devices and constructed the New York penthouse portal. It seemed to me that he wanted to contact and observe 'Judy'. He might have also have wanted to stop Cooper from reentering this dimension.
It seemed that the 1945 A Bomb blast opened some portals around the world. I would guess in New Mexico, Washington State near Twin Peaks, in South Dakota and Argentina at least. And 430 miles from Twin Peaks, ostensibly in a southeasterly direction. This activity alerted The Fireman who had to counteract the effects. I thought The Woodsmen were ghosts of firefighters who had died in fires and wound up in the Black Lodge.
It seemed The Fireman could see the past and future and could also affect what happened. That is how I interpreted the ending. It looked like both Copper and Carrie had memories of other dimensions which they shouldn't have, so The Fireman had to eliminate the timeline. My interpretation anyway, quite enigmatic.
In 'The final Dossier' Agent Preston notes some old Twin Peaks news clippings about the 'disappearance' of Laura Palmer. So parallel dimensions were indicated there. I noted that Laura 'wrapped in plastic' was actually shown and then dissolved (maybe by The Fireman?).
I suppose if I was to present these theories to Lynch and Frost they would not dissuade me. I have heard both encourage people to use their imaginations.
What a story ! Pretty well told, although I bet Lynch would add to it if he could. And he might.
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