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TWIN PEAKS: The Return / Part XV Analysis

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Naomi Watts and Kyle MacLachlan in Twin Peaks: The Return Part XV.
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Spoilers for Part XV of Twin Peaks: The Return

Last week’s part was surprisingly one of the best episodes of the season so far. It revolved around dreams and their importance to the characters of Twin Peaks. Part XV feels like part anxiety-ridden episode of unprogressive storylines (surprise, surprise) and part sentimental melodrama that the first two seasons damn near fetishized that have been absent this season. The latter is what works and the former is what has been annoying me this entire season — to the point that the positives of the season aren’t hitting as hard as they should.

When The Log Lady (Catherine E. Coulson) is crying that she is dying and it’s impossible to tell if she’s even acting during the scene, I should be an emotional mess. It feels like Lynch + Frost have thrown me into an emotionally abusive relationship where I can’t enjoy the happy moments because it feels fake now. It feels like what Becky and Steven’s relationship has now become (I guess Steven got too smacked and killed himself in the woods? This plotline is really pointless).

It took us a little over 25 years but we’re finally going to talk about Judy… somewhat. Having Phillip Jeffries return as a superimposed image of a tea kettle is just a normal interaction this season. Mr. C gets the digits to call Judy and maybe she’ll be a big puzzle piece missing this season. Also, we have somewhat confirmation that the time when Cooper talked to Gordon Cole about his dream in FWWM was somehow… Mr. C and not Cooper? I don’t understand how that’s a possibility at all, but nothing makes sense at this point. But Jeffries was incredibly skeptical of Cooper during that FWWM scene so we definitely don’t know the whole story.

Jeffries coming back has nothing on the magnitude of both James Hurley and Richard Horne catching multiple hands. Richard is confirmed now to be Audrey’s son and being that he and Mr. C are about to have a road trip, he will probably tell him that he had sex with Audrey post-bank explosion from the season two finale.

Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) MIGHT be back to Dale Cooper in the next episode. I’m not going to get my hopes up because this series has gotten my hopes up only to throw me back into cynical reality again and again. Watching Sunset Blvd. while enjoying a nice piece of cake when a character references Gordon Cole and this sparks a face that Dougie has never made prior. The light bulb might have finally gone off for him (as well as all the electricity after he put a fork in an electrical socket).

Part XV was a very anti-everything type of hour. The low points of the season are dangerously deep and the high points are too grand, as they get forgotten when the lows come right after. One thing I do feel confident in thinking is the two-hour finale will be fantastic. I know that Lynch can meander at times in this series, but if there’s one thing I’ll never fault him for is how he chooses to end a story. Even the cliffhanger from the season two finale with its vigorous questions it raised that fans continued to want more for a quarter of a century. I’m not having the best time with Twin Peaks as I wish I could, but I hope I get off the ride with something positive to say about the entire experience.

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