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

7:8 – The backwards word

We cut to a small aircraft in flight over the Rockies. The sun flickers against the windows. So obsessive was the hunt for clues as The Return aired that some people went as far as to try and find a musical code in the flickering reflections of the sun on these windows. As much as David … Continue reading 7:8 – The backwards word

7:7 – Diane

Following an establishing shot of a New York town house, we cut to inside an apartment. The decor has a decidedly Eastern influence, suggesting an interest in Japanese culture. A man wearing black (Jesse Johnson; credited as Younger Man) prepares to leave the apartment as knocking can be heard at the door. He goes to … Continue reading 7:7 – Diane

6:11 – Oh no

Far be it from me to question the decisions made by the BBFC here in the UK for rating films and television shows, but their track record with Twin Peaks is a little unusual.Consider Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, for example. Since its initial VHS release way-back-when, Fire Walk With Me has always been an 18 … Continue reading 6:11 – Oh no

6:10 – Tough dame

In spite of the defiantly - and unapologetically - male gaze that Lynch aims at his leading women, on balance his work stacks up as resolutely pro-female. Yes, he covets a 'sexy' image of womanhood, idolising the form and celebrating female sexuality, but he also allots women just as much agency as men. Throughout his … Continue reading 6:10 – Tough dame

5:17 – One phone call

Lynch and Frost have a number of ways of making their villains seem sinister or threatening. The way Lynch implements certain drones and tones in the score, for instance. In the writing, one such device has been to give these antagonists the upper hand in some way that baffles or bewilders the so-called 'white hats'. … Continue reading 5:17 – One phone call

5:13 – Dr. Amp’s gold shit-digging shovel

After setting up so much mystery and intrigue, it's time for Frost and Lynch to give us just a little pay-off, so we delve back into the Twin Peaks woods to learn what Dr. Jacoby (Russ Tamblyn) has been up to with those painted shovels. Broadcasting from his rundown trailer nestled in a leafy clearing, … Continue reading 5:13 – Dr. Amp’s gold shit-digging shovel