8:3 – She's gone away

We cut to the Roadhouse. Not the first surprise of Part 8; by no means the last. Discordant noise fills the soundtrack as the band on stage build-up the intro to their song. The resident MC (J.R. Starr) announces that the venue is "proud to welcome the Nine Inch Nails" (!) Here the MC gets … Continue reading 8:3 – She's gone away

8:2 – A call to Phillip

Try as I might I've not managed to find a still of Ray calling Phillip on the phone to use as the header image for this post, so you'll have to settle for this shot of Ray from the previous scene. Ray's (George Griffith) voice opens the next, brief scene, as he places a phone … Continue reading 8:2 – A call to Phillip

8:1 – Night drive

Part 8 is a very special installment of The Return. A detour, if you will, into the past, and into Lynch's more personal, artistic and fascinating approach to exposition. Appropriately, the scenes set in the present all take place at night, giving the hour the feel of something illicit and also, of course, dreamlike. The … Continue reading 8:1 – Night drive

7:18 – Billy

Lynch cuts to a night shot of pine trees from above. The shot looks as though it was captured with the use of a drone. We glide over the trees, barely able to make them out in the pitch dark. It's ominous and serene all at once. The dark hum on the soundtrack is replaced … Continue reading 7:18 – Billy

7:16 – Green Onions

Now for one of the most notorious scenes of The Return. We cut to the Roadhouse (indicating that this isn't where Part 7 will end, for anyone keeping note of the clock). The place is closed but inside Jean-Michel Renault (Walter Olkewicz) stands behind the bar busy with some endeavour. Booker T and the M.G.'s "Green Onions" … Continue reading 7:16 – Green Onions

7:14 – The hum

The tumbling falls segue us to the interior of the Great Northern Hotel in Twin Peaks. The camera drifts through Beverly's (Ashley Judd) office where a serene ambient hum lingers in the air, seeming to emanate from a corner where a lampshade sits. Beverly and Ben (Richard Beymer) are both listening for the sound; evidently … Continue reading 7:14 – The hum

7:13 – Quick reflexes

Janey-E (Naomi Watts) guides Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) out into the foyer of the Lucky 7 Insurance building, telling him about her deal with the moneylenders as they exit out into the plaza. As she scolds him for gambling and instructs him not to do it again, Ike 'The Spike' Statdler (Christoph Zajac-Denek) emerges from the … Continue reading 7:13 – Quick reflexes

7:12 – Fuscos

Back in Las Vegas, we return to the offices of Lucky 7 Insurance. Our arrival is signposted by an establishing shot of the statue of a policeman. At the time of writing, the use of our public spaces to lionise individuals with statues has suddenly become quite debatable. Who ought to be memorialised in this … Continue reading 7:12 – Fuscos

7:10 – No show

The misty cascading hills around the town of Twin Peaks. Douglas Firs cutting up the low cloud. A low mood. The score has dread in it. Laura Palmer's Theme plays over these misty shots of the woodland hillsides surrounding the town. After a little time away with the FBI, we're returning to a troubled moment … Continue reading 7:10 – No show

7:9 – I knew it was going to be you

The agents and Diane (Laura Dern) arrive at Yankton Federal Prison. "Ten minutes," Diane demands, "And I speak to him alone." She is nervous. Tense. "Exactly the way it's gonna be, Diane," Gordon Cole (David Lynch) confirms, "You control the curtain and the microphone." Tammy (Chrysta Bell) chimes in that they are very appreciative. Diane … Continue reading 7:9 – I knew it was going to be you