It's finally here! And oh boy, did it arrive with a bang of comet-like magnitude. After a near 30-year wait, we finally have the continuation of David Lynch’s revolutionary television series Twin Peaks.
With a much more grander budget and a plethora of talented faces to boot, the series has returned with an epic scope and with no less of the abnormally offbeat mystery and humor we’d expect from the series. Filled to the brim with a slew of answers to some of the most unconventional questions, we’d expect nothing less from a Lynch product — and he has certainly delivered thus far.
The auteur appears to be playing the long game with this one, seeing 14 episodes are still to come and we're no closer to a clear narrative. The first four episodes have been a slow, albeit alluring burner, with introductions and reintroductions to the world that is Twin Peaks.
Now, before you sit down and commit your very soul to Lynch, one must forecast an array of complex questions, from the satirical to the brutal — and one must not expect any full answers to be provided for them, either. So here are 16 WTF moments that Lynch has provided for us in the series’ first four episodes. I’d be remiss to say that I knew the answer to all of this but I must say that there are light spoilers for the #TwinPeaks limited event series.
16. A Noirish Opening Scene
As per #DavidLynch, we open on the world that we last left Special Agent Dale Cooper in decades ago (somehow with his mind still intact) — and it sure is a weird, puzzling one. Given a black-and-white palette, the scene is reminiscent of those French cinema avant-garde pictures that Lynch has been so heavily influenced by over his long career.
15. New York City And The Glass Box
What’s going on here? I really don't know. It was a subplot (I think) that came and went like wildfire, so whatever its meaning was is yet to be defined.
14. Who You Gonna Call?
The glass box and the ghost that went with it. Sam’s glass box endeavors are funded by some mysterious billionaire. His job? Stare at a box within the glass box to see if a figure appears while being heavily guarded. Tracey is a young woman who has a thing for Sam, for lattes, and is beyond curious about what is behind the secure walls Sam works within.
13. Sex And Violence
ABC and Lynch do not go together very well. ABC has become much more liberal since the early 1990s, but there are still detrimental restrictions. It is great to see #Showtime take the plunge with this resurgence. As long as the network is not willing to shy away from the dark nature of Twin Peaks and will give Lynch free rein to add as many naked and bloody bodies as he wants.
12. Bad Coop
Cooper’s doppelgänger is a long-haired, black-clad sociopath who seems to go from home to home and kill whoever happens to be in his line of sight. It’s fun watching Kyle MacLachlan strive as an actor, using certain tweaks and shifts to distinguish between the different Coopers. We can expect Bad Coop to settle into the show’s narrative and wreak havoc on those who cross his path. It’s a shame the wig is beyond ridiculous, but hey, it’s pretty Lynchian at least.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is a new addition to the series as a character that has only been seen in the next-door hotel room to Bad Coop’s. There seems to be some sort of a fling going on there as he ever-so-subtly proclaims, “Oh, you’re nice and wet.” I don’t know what to do with that information. It’s nice to see Jennifer Jason Leigh, though.
10. Laura Palmer’s — Uh — Return
Laura Palmer, the homecoming queen that started it all, has returned and it was a pretty weird return. Don’t know what this means yet nor do I know how Special Agent Cooper has made it this far in this room.
9. Oh, Dougie
You know what makes for a really good drinking game? Take a shot every time someone says the name Dougie. If you haven’t succumbed to alcohol poisoning yet, then you're made of sterner stuff than I. Lynch thought that it wasn’t confusing enough to have Cooper and Bad Coop, because he threw in the mix another doppelgänger named Dougie. It seems like a mighty effort just to keep Cooper in the other world by providing all of these look-alikes, but have I mentioned yet that it's a David Lynch project?
8. New Faces
Along with Jennifer Jason Leigh's cameo, there's also Naomi Watts (who's come a long way since her Mulholland Drive days) Michael Cera, Ashley Judd, Matthew Lillard— the cast of new faces is shaping up and we can expect a whole bunch more, including from Amanda Seyfried, Trent Reznor, Tom Sizemore, Bérénice Marlohe, Tim Roth, Jim Belushi, Josh McDermitt, and another of Lynch’s frequent collaborators, Laura Dern.
7. Old Faces
Lynch himself returns as the not-so-quiet Gordon Cole, Catherine E. Coulson as the Log Lady, Sheryl Lee as the ill-fated Laura Palmer — even David Duchovny returns as DEA Agent Denise Bryson, formerly known as Dennis. Richard Beymer and David Patrick Kelly are reintroduced as the Horne Brothers, and Al Strobel as the one-armed Phillip Gerard. And there’s still much more to come.
6. Yeah, This Woman Definitely Makes Sense
What if I told you that some in-between world is inhabited by a woman whose eyes are stitched up and who never speaks? Her world is shot like some stop-motion dream that’s supposed to mean something, we just have no idea what exactly.
I’m really hoping that once Cooper gets his shit figured out, he makes it back to the town of Twin Peaks and murder becomes the main narrative of the return. Part of what really made the first season of Twin Peaks was the overarching mystery that appealed to everyone: Who killed Laura Palmer? The second season, while a worthy follow-up, was less eventful and focused on entities instead. The murder of librarian Ruth Davenport is gruesome and hopefully will have a real story behind it.
4. Bad Coop In Jail
Cole and Albert are called when an old, dear friend, who hadn't been seen for decades, lands in police custody following a car accident. Can't wait to see how this unfolds.
3. Cole’s Volume
For some reason this was the most interesting element to me. You know it's getting serious when Gordon Cole has to turn up his hearing aids to speak at a reasonable inside-voice volume. Has anyone ever discussed Lynch's acting talents? The man is peculiar in general and no one doubts his talents behind the camera, but he is also a talented thespian, too.
2. What The Fuck?
The town principal is arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of the town librarian. His prints are all over the crime scene after denying any knowledge of knowing Ruth beyond a hello once in a while, but that’s not what we're here to talk about. As Principal Hastings awaits his new life behind bars, the camera tracks to the right, two cells down, to a man who has clearly won a creepy mannequin challenge. Painted and dressed all in black, his white eyeballs look up and fade away before our eyes. So there’s that explanation we have to look forward to.
1. What The Actual Fuck?!
Not sure why, but this is a the creepiest thing ever. I believe that anything that cannot be explained in under 60 seconds is probably disturbing. A soft electrical tree with — a head? And a mouth? It's doing something and Cooper keeps running into it. It says even weirder things such as “nonexistent” as it waves back and forth. Reading into some online theories already, some believe it to be a representation of human evolution or entities. Either way it's pretty haunting and I feel as though Lynch will never produce a valid answer to our new nightmare.
The next episode of Twin Peaks is on Showtime, June 4. What's the most bonkers element of the limited event series so far? Sound off in the comments.