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Twin Peaks: The Return’s premiere a week ago was chock full of wonderfully strange and unusual moments, but was outdone by episodes 3 and 4, which were available online immediately following the premiere and aired together on Showtime on Sunday, May 28.
People unfamiliar with the original series may be put off by David Lynch‘s signature oddities, but diehard fans are eating it up.
SPOILER WARNING: THE FOLLOWING INCLUDES PLOT DETAILS FROM EPISODES 3 AND 4 OF TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN
Episode 3 kicked off with what is the Lynch-iest of all scenes so far, when Good Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) finds himself in a bizarre purple world populated by a woman with melted eyes, Major Briggs’ (Don S. Davis) disembodied head, and Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine), BOB’s (Frank Silva) would-be third victim from the original series who managed to escape.
As with all the truly great Lynchian sequences, it was as beautiful as it was unsettling.
— andrewhawkins (@mrandrewhawkins) May 28, 2017
it reminded me of tarkovski's solaris. the first 30 minutes of ep3 is already in my top twin peaks moments of all time
— Spé (@ericsperano) May 23, 2017
So pretty: pic.twitter.com/0WhvB0p8g6
— Risa Baxter (@risajb) May 22, 2017
Now I know what Mr. Nevins meant by this is the "pure heroin David Lynch." I am thrilled and astonished.
— Joseph Herrera (@Joseph_EHerrera) May 22, 2017
But everyone agreed it was cool to see Major Briggs again in any capacity, since Davis passed away in 2008.
— Jughead J'onzz 🏔 (@thedorkmite) May 28, 2017
I do not trust ANY #TwinPeaks reviews that say "Albert Rosenstein" or refer to Major Briggs as a nameless "giant head." Get it right.
— Stephanie (@steph_c_byrne) May 25, 2017
Luckily, the episode mellows out a bit (for a Lynch production) when we meet Evil Cooper’s (MacLachlan) plan for avoiding the Black Lodge. He “manufactured” a second doppelganger, Dougie Jones (MacLachlan), and it’s poor Dougie who gets sucked back into the Black Lodge and disappears in a cloud of smoke.
— Paul H (@ladidadupy) May 27, 2017
Good Cooper takes his place and yields one of the funniest sequences of the show yet, winning 30 slot machine jackpots at a casino as the pit bosses get angrier and angrier.
— Dougie Jones (@IAmDougiesCoffe) May 27, 2017
— Too Much Scrolling (@MuchScrolling) May 28, 2017
— Dr. McNellis (@Dr_McNellis) May 23, 2017
Note: Eagle-eyed fans of the original series should recognize the ring Dougie left behind when he vanished. It was the ring Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) was warned not to wear in Fire Walk With Me. That must be how Evil Cooper made his Dougie doppelganger.
Despite avoiding the Black Lodge, Evil Cooper can’t avoid getting arrested after crashing his car during the struggle to pull Dougie back into the Black Lodge. The cops run his prints and everyone’s favorite G-men, Gordon Cole (Lynch) and Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer), are alerted that Cooper has reappeared after 25 years missing.
So it’s off to South Dakota they go.
— Ann K (@Froot_Girl) May 23, 2017
But, first, FBI Deputy Director Cole stops for a chat with FBI Chief of Staff Denise Bryson (David Duchovny).
— Erika (@erikachicky) May 29, 2017
— Steven Miller (@samhowzit) May 29, 2017
But after seeing Cooper, who claims he was undercover with Phillip Jeffries all these years, Gordon and Albert know something is severely wrong. (Jeffries, dedicated fans will remember, is a character who had been played by David Bowie, who died this year.)
— The Blue Rose (@TheBlueRoseBlog) May 24, 2017
— Ghostwood Design (@GhostwoodDesign) May 27, 2017
— Isabel (@Isabelmbx) May 28, 2017
If you’re confused about Jeffries and “blue rose,” perhaps a rewatch of Fire Walk With Me is in order.
— Maryke VanBeuzekom⭐️ (@marykevanb) May 27, 2017
— Lautaro (@Lautaroart) May 27, 2017
— Justin Wells (@justinwells) May 24, 2017
One of the great (maybe greatest) thing about new #TwinPeaks so far is that through Phillip Jeffries, David Bowie is still alive ⚡️☕️️
— Garmonbozia (@rivkin) May 23, 2017
The short story: Jeffries is another FBI agent who hasn’t been seen since 1989. The show is making it sound like he’s still alive and is the one who asked Darya (Nicole LaLiberte) and Ray (George Griffith) to kill Evil Cooper.
Blue rose might simply refer to a case with supernatural elements, which is a popular Twin Peaks fan theory, but there is also Lil the Dancer (Kimberly Ann Cole) from Fire Walk With Me who wore a blue rose on her red suit.
— Alan Morlock (@AlanMorlock) May 21, 2017
Either way, Gordon and Albert have a woman in mind they need to see Cooper to determine what exactly is going on. Any guesses who she is? Fans have a guess that frankly sounds spot-on.
Laura Dern and she better be Diane #TwinPeaks
— Jeff Jacobsen (@jdj9930) May 27, 2017
I have two theories regarding future characters.
Laura Dern is Diane and Shelly and Bobby's daughter is Amanda Seyfried. #TwinPeaks
— Jeff Jacobsen (@jdj9930) May 25, 2017
the last line of S.3Ep.4 "Idk where she lives, but I know where she drinks." B about Diane playd by Laura Dern omg 🙂 #TwinPeaks
— Clovrmay (@clovrmay_7) May 22, 2017
Meanwhile, back in the actual town of Twin Peaks — likely to be the meeting ground for a Good Cooper/Evil Cooper showdown — Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) is a sheriff’s deputy, which is as awesome as it is surprising.
— Robertson (@ClassySidwell) May 22, 2017
— 日本学者 (@nipponologist) May 24, 2017
What is not a surprise and was pure vintage Twin Peaks is that Bobby is still really broken up over what happened to Laura.
ICONIC MOMENT OMG! Bobby crying for Laura #TwinPeaks
— piercexforbes (@piercexforbes) May 27, 2017
when bobby sees the picture of laura and the theme music kicks in it felt exactly like old #twinpeaks.
— mr jakepots (@jakezorz) May 27, 2017
So I finished all 4 parts of #TwinPeaks & it's safe to say…. The scene w/ Bobby was one of the most touching things I've ever watched
— Bella Litsa (@bellalitsa) May 23, 2017
Viewers also get to meet Lucy (Kimmy Robertson) and Andy’s (Harry Goaz) son Wally Brando (Michael Cera), which is another moment that is pure Lynch.
— The Vlog Lady (@thevloglady) May 28, 2017
— Sam WilkINson (@swilko1) May 28, 2017
— theloserof０８ (@TheLoserOf08) May 22, 2017
— themastercommander (@TheXXIIV) May 23, 2017
Hopefully this is not the last time we see weird Wally, just the latest in a string of odd new characters and occurrences on the revival. But despite how weird it is, fans seem to be all in with Twin Peaks: The Return.
Twin Peaks is making more sense than anything else going on in the world at the moment #twinpeaks
— Keith Hynes (@khynesoz) May 23, 2017
WOW BOB WOW. I've watched all 4 episodes and #twinpeaks is more wonderful and strange than I could ever have dreamed. 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩
— The Blue Rose (@TheBlueRoseBlog) May 22, 2017
— 🌙 (@roguewonder) May 22, 2017
— Rubber Toe Snails (@bobby_snacks) May 27, 2017
It’s definitely a slow burn, but that’s typically how David Lynch rolls. It does seem clear, though, that he’s dropping in dozens of breadcrumbs for the over-arching mystery, even if their meaning isn’t clear yet to the viewers.
What do you think, fans? Are you still on board with this trippy continuation of Twin Peaks? Let us know your feelings in the revival.
Twin Peaks airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on Showtime