Monday, June 12, 2017
(SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watch the first five episodes of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: The Return.”)
At just under 18 hours long, the “Twin Peaks” revival is the longest David Lynch movie ever, so it’s only natural that we’re gonna have a whole lot of questions four hours in. There are, of course, lingering questions from the original series — but for now let’s focus on the many new questions we have so far.
Who is Richard Horne? Near the end of Part 5, we see a creepy man (Eamon Farren) at the Roadhouse hand someone a cigarette pack filled with money and then assault a girl who asked him for a light. The credits list this character as “Richard Horne.” So he’s part of the Horne family, but what’s his connection? Is he Audrey Horne’s son? And what kind of shady stuff is going on at the Roadhouse these days?
What is this black box? In Part 5 we see it twice, first when the assassins trying to kill Dougie Jones report in to a woman named Lorraine, who then calls the box. Then, later, Bad Coop seemingly also calls the box from prison, after which it morphs into a small piece of metal. So what’s that about?
Somebody, meanwhile, seems to want to kill everybody who wears Coop’s face. The who and the why are way up in the air, though the black box in Part 5 would seem to imply a connection between Bad Coop and the assassins going after Dougie. What kind of connection that is remains unknown, however.
Why was Dougie’s wedding ring inside that decapitated body in Part 5?
Also, whose body is that? This was the same body, you’ll recall, that they found in the bed with a woman’s head propped up on it in bed in Part 1 — the woman that Matthew Lillard’s character is accused of murdering. Our guess is Major Briggs, judging by the shape.
In the first episode, our favorite otherworldly giant (Carel Struycken) returned to present Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) with some knew cryptic sayings: “Remember 430. Richard and Linda. Two birds with one stone.” There’s probably no point speculating what that stuff means yet.
As Agent Cooper was journeying out of the Black Lodge toward reality in episode 3, he encountered the spectre of Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine) in some new extra-dimensional space. She warned him that he needed to hurry because “my mother is coming” — possibly implying a new major paranormal force. And another thing the giant said was, “It is in our house now,” which maybe could be referring to that “mother.” But what is it?
Through four episodes there have been a couple mentions of “blue rose” — first by the ghostly visage of Major Briggs floating through space and later by Agent Rosenfield. The blue rose refers to a type of FBI investigation — the Teresa Banks case in “Fire Walk With Me” was a blue rose, as was the whole Laura Palmer situation. The question, then, is why did Major Briggs’ ghost say it to Cooper? And how, specifically, is the “blue rose” defined? That symbol seems to have some deeper meaning beyond just being a categorization, but what it is exactly remains unclear.
There have been a bunch of scenes that seem to have little to do with the main plot threads — most of which involve original series characters. But we also have this anomaly involving a brutal murder being pinned on character played by Matthew Lillard. That character’s wife seems to know Evil Doppelganger Coop — who later murdered her. What does this have to do with anything else going on?
Bad Coop has a lot of weird scenes like that, in which he seems to be setting the stage for something. That something, though, is still totally unknown at this point. Which leads to probably the biggest question in the revival: After 25 years in the real world, what exactly is Bad Coop trying to accomplish?
Meanwhile, there’s this other Coop doppelganger who’s been running around for at least a decade, judging by the age of his kid. This “Dougie Jones” is gone now, having been turned into a ball bearing after taking the real Coop’s place in the Black Lodge. MIKE says Dougie was “manufactured” for the purpose of that swap, but by whom? And why?
And then there’s this box in New York. When Coop tried to leave the Black Lodge he landed on it, was sucked into it and floated through it before ending up in some other weird dimension. Nobody knows who put the box there and paid some kid to stare at it all day, or what exactly it’s supposed to do. So, yeah, what’s that about?
In that other dimension where we see Ronette and the woman (Josie?) whose eyes were covered in flesh, we also see a couple of strange machines — one labeled 15 and the other, which transported Coop to the real world, labeled 3. Later, Coop finds a hotel key from the Great Norther in Twin Peaks in his pocket labeled 315 — the room he stayed in during the original series. So what does one thing have to do with the other?
We know Annie was taken into the Black Lodge by Windom Earle in the original series finale but we haven’t seen her since. Our last info about her came in the form of a prophetic message to Laura Palmer in “Fire Walk With Me” that implies she’s still alive and important, but we haven’t heard anything about her in the revival yet.
The Log Lady sends Deputy Chief Hawk on a quest to find… something related to Coop’s disappearance 25 years ago, and the only clue is that the thing he has to find is related to his Native American heritage. He visits the Lodge entrance in Ghostwood but we don’t know what came of that. We do know that whatever he’s looking for doesn’t involve chocolate bunnies. Probably.
We finally get to meet the kid Lucy was pregnant with all through the original series, and he’s a weirdo played by Michael Cera who makes a really bizarre speech to Sheriff Other Truman (Robert Forster). Somehow this scene is weirder than everything else in the show thus far and I wanna know what the point is.
Source: the wrap feed