Monday, July 17, 2017
(SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watch the first nine 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 nine 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.
In Part 10, the Log Lady once again calls Hawk to give him a message, which reads in part, “the Truman brothers are both true men, they are your brothers,” “the glow is dying” and “Laura is the one.” But what does it all mean?
Speaking of Laura, a vision of the dead teenager appeared to Gordon Cole at the door of his hotel room, just before Albert entered. Is there a connection to Albert at all? What was the meaning behind the appearance and what does it mean to Gordon? Will he pick up the Blue Rose cases again?
In Part 6, Albert (Miguel Ferrer) finally caught up with the woman Gordon Cole had wanted him to find to help with the mystery of the Coop doppelganger, and it’s none other than the Diane that Coop had been sending his case notes to in the original series (portrayed by Laura Dern). In Part 7, Diane seems to hate Coop something fierce, and when she meets Bad Coop in prison she asks him about the last time they were together — when something apparently bad happened. So what’s that bad blood between Coop and Diane all about, and what happened the last time they were together?
And then in Part 9 we discover that Bad Coop is texting cryptic messages to Diane. Is she working with him somehow, possibly against her will? Or is he just taunting her?
We learn in Part 10 that Diane is working with Bad Coop in some capacity, since Albert intercepted her response to him, which read, “they have Hastings. He’s going to take them to the site.” But how much is she working with him and what’s her end goal?
Additionally, Albert reveals that Bad Coop knows about the box in New York revealed in Part 1. More than that, at one point he was there, along with a bald man in a lab coat. What is the connection?
So, yes, that headless body belonged to Major Briggs, who Bill Hastings claims to have me in an alternate reality he and the deceased Ruth Davenport called “the Zone.” And he and Ruth found coordinates for Briggs in a “secure military database,” and after handing them over Briggs started to float away while saying “Cooper. Cooper.” And then Briggs’s head disappeared. Where do we even begin with this?
25 years earlier, Briggs had given his wife a small tube to hide until Bobby, Sheriff Truman and Hawk all visited together. The tub contained some cryptic instructions that only Bobby could understand, as well as a copy of the transmission from outer space that Project Blue Book had received 25 years earlier. The one that was a bunch of normal gibberish but with “Cooper/Cooper” tossed in the mix. Is the implication, then, that Major Briggs is the one who sent that transmission?
We should also note that the transmission, which Briggs showed Cooper way back in season 2, would have been sent before Briggs went into hiding. However, given that Briggs had not aged when Hastings and Ruth met him indicates that “the Zone” works differently than Black Lodge that Coop was locked in for decades. Could there be a time travel element in this?
Bill Hastings’s account of the night Briggs lost his head in the Zone is pretty unclear. He describes a bunch of other threatening people being there, one of whom attacked him and demanded to know his wife’s name. And somehow Ruth Davenport’s head ended up on Briggs’s body in the real world after Hastings returned. What exactly happened and who were those “others”?
And why was Dougie’s wedding ring inside Major Briggs’ body?
By the way: Bill’s wife seems to have known Evil Doppelganger Coop — who murdered her in Part 2. Were the other people in the Zone working with Bad Coop somehow?
So it turns out, according to Part 9, that Duncan Todd (Patrick Fischler) is working for Bad Coop — and thus Bad Coop is the one sending assassins after Dougie/Good Coop. How much does Bad Coop know about what’s going on with Dougie? And why would Dougie need to use a guy who wears a suit and works in an office to hire assassins? He’s clearly got his own team of sorts with Hutch (Tim Roth) and Chantal (Jennifer Jason Leigh).
Meanwhile, somebody else is out to get Bad Coop, with the implication that it’s the long-missing Phillip Jeffries pulling the strings with Ray Monroe trying to execute the backstab. But what’s the point?
The Las Vegas detectives who are investigating the car bomb that blew up Dougie’s car are running Good Coop’s fingerprints (taken from the coffee cup he drank from), which should reveal that he’s a former FBI agent and not just an insurance guy from Vegas. But who else’s attention will the fingerprints draw? Will Coop finally be reunited with Gordon and Albert?
So we know now that after that out-of-context scene in Part 9 that Johnny Horne, the mentally disabled son of Ben Horne, is not dead after sprinting around their home and smashing his head against the wall. He’s alive — just badly bruised with his jaw wired shut — when Richard Horne comes to visit. But was the previous scene only to show that he’s incapacitated when Richard breaks in, or is there more to it?
Is it just a coincidence that Johnny knocked a picture of White Tail Falls off the wall? What is the significance of that?
At the end of Part 9, we see a young woman named Ella (Sky Ferrera) meet with a friend at the Roadhouse. She has a weird rash on her armpit, and she and her friend exchange weird sentences like “Have you see that penguin?” So, yeah, what does this have to do with anything?
In Part 1, 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.” We know now who Richard and Linda both are but what is their connection?
As Agent Cooper was journeying out of the Black Lodge toward reality in Part 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?
In Part 8, we saw a floating woman with what looked like an umbilical cord coming out of her face — and an image of BOB appearing on the cord. So is this “Mother” the one responsible for BOB’s creation? And what did the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico have to do with all that?
Who is the woman in the evening gown (credited as “Senorita Dido” and played by actress Joy Nash) with the Giant in Part 8? They live on some part of the spectral plane and appear to have been monitoring that mysterious Mother somehow — and they apparently created Laura Palmer in response to seeing BOB’s face in the umbilical cord. So… what’s all that?
What’s the deal with the hobo ghosts? We’d seen them a couple times in the “Twin Peaks” revival in random spots, but they were front and center in Part 8, seemingly resurrecting Bad Coop and then showing up all over New Mexico in the 1940s and ’50s. But what did they actually do? And where did they come from? Did the atomic bomb test bring them into this world from the Lodge?
Who was the girl in New Mexico? The frog bug thing, which we believe is BOB, crawled into her mouth, but we have no idea who she is. Sarah Palmer maybe? Could the bug actually be the Laura spirit rather than BOB?
In that other dimension with Ronette and the woman (listed in the credits as “Naidu”) whose eyes were covered in flesh, we 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 Northern in Twin Peaks for room 315, which is the room Coop stayed in during the original series. So what does all that mean?
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 assaults a girl who asked him for a light. In part 6 he appears to be trafficking cocaine, and he runs over a child with his truck. The credits list this character as “Richard Horne.” So he’s part of the Horne family — revealed to be Sylvia Horne’s grandson so most likely Audrey’s son — but what’s his deal?
In Part 7, Sheriff Truman calls up Dr. Hayward to ask him about the night Evil Doppelganger Coop came out of the Lodge at the end of season 2. Dr. Hawyard says he took Coop to the hospital for a work-up, and then later found him in Intensive Care with that “strange face” (presumably when BOB shows through). He speculates that Coop was checking on Audrey, who was in a coma after the explosion at the bank. Might that imply that Bad Coop sexually assaulted Audrey? Could Richard Horne be Bad Coop’s son?
In Part 6, Hawk took apart one of the bathroom stall doors and discovered three missing pages from Laura Palmer’s diary — including the page on which she wrote the supernatural message from Annie from “Fire Walk With Me.” Hawk speculates in Part 7 that Leland Palmer hid them there when they brought him in for questioning for Jacques Renault’s murder. But where’s the other missing page, and what does it say?
So where the hell is Annie now anyway? Heather Graham has said she wasn’t returning for the “Twin Peaks” revival, which could be misdirection — or it could mean she’s dead or missing or some other nefarious “Twin Peaks” thing. We’ve had multiple reminders of her important role in the past, though, which would seem to imply she’s still important now, in some way.
What’s going on with that magic drug dealer (Balthazar Getty)? This character, credited as Red, showed up at the Roadhouse in Part 2, where he shot a finger gun at Shelly. Then, in Part 6, he reveals himself as the person Richard is working for — and he does a bizarre magic trick with a dime that freaks Richard out something fierce. What in the world is all this?
What is this black box sitting in an ashtray in Buenos Aires? 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. Also, Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) is said to have disappeared from Buenos Aires in “Fire Walk With Me.” And Rosenfield says Bad Coop and Jeffries worked together on a thing together in Colombia at some point? So what does all this mean and how do the dots connect?
What was that weird hum/ringing sound that Ben Horne and Beverly Paige heard in the Great Northern in Part 7? It seems to be coming from everywhere and nowhere — could this be Josie Packard continuing to haunt the place? Remember, Ben Horne previously saw her face in a drawer pull in season 2 after she died.
Does the Linda the Giant mentioned live at the Fat Trout Trailer Park? In Part 6, someone else from the trailer park tags along with Carl Rodd into town because he needs to get the mail from the post office for a woman named Linda, who he mentions has to use a wheelchair to get around. Is that the Linda?
While Carl is in town, he has a sort of encounter with Richard Horne, when he witnesses Richard plows over a young boy with his truck. In a weird way, we could consider this Carl’s “Richard and Linda” day, though that could be a reach. Also, Carl seemingly saw the boy’s soul float away after he died — we know that Carl likely was taken to the Lodge when he was young, but why would a Lodge-related vision manifest for him now?
What will finally bring Coop out of his funk? In Part 6 we see some positive signs, as his detective instincts kick in as he marks up some insurance paperwork with what initially seems like nonsense — until his boss takes a look and totally gets what Coop was doing. Then in Part 7, Coop reflexively disarms Ike the Spike when he comes to kill Coop, his FBI training seemingly kicking in at the right moment. MIKE appeared again in Part 6 to try to wake Coop up, so it would seem there’s a meaningful amount of urgency to this.
Late in Part 5, we see Agent Preston apparently comparing the fingerprints of Coop from back in the day to those of Evil Coop from prison. All but one of the fingers has the same print — Albert notes in Part 7 that the print for Bad Coop’s left ring finger is reversed. Gordon Cole notes that that finger is the “spiritual finger,” and reminds us that when Bad Coop greeted Gordon and Albert in Part 4 he reversed the word “very.” What does all that mean?
So while everybody thinks the real Coop is somebody named Dougie Jones, the real 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?
There have been a couple mentions of “blue rose” in the new season — 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 remains unclear.
Bad Coop has a lot of weird scenes 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?
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?
We finally get to meet the kid Lucy was pregnant with all through the original series, and he’s a weirdo named Wally Brando played by Michael Cera who makes this really bizarre speech to Sheriff Other Truman (Robert Forster). Somehow this scene is weirder than everything else in the show thus far. What the hell?
Source: the wrap feed