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

5:12 – 5:30

The working day is over at Lucky 7 Insurance. Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) stands in the elevator as it descends with his pile of case files. He has his back to the elevator door while all the other passengers are facing it. Dougie is set apart from his contemporaries. They are headed in one direction; Dougie … Continue reading 5:12 – 5:30

5:8 – Vacancy

While Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) navigates the complexities of the workplace, Mark Frost and David Lynch now takes us back to the Silver Mustang Casino, and our first glimpse of the bosses who will become so quixotically prevalent later on in the evolution of The Return. We're in a control room, where employees oversee around two … Continue reading 5:8 – Vacancy

5:7 – Case files

One thing I hear commonly among my peers (Millennials and a smattering of Gen-Zers) is the term 'Impostor Syndrome'; a condition of not feeling equipped or deserving of some aspect of one's life. It can cover the general feeling of 'faking' being an adult, or it can be used for more urgent and serious feelings … Continue reading 5:7 – Case files

5:4 – Feedback

Some characters from the original run of Twin Peaks simply don't have a use in the narrative being told throughout The Return. It's lamentable for some (Donna, most notably), but for others the bitter pill is easier to swallow. And, with some generosity, Mark Frost and David Lynch still give some of these lesser characters footnote moments, … Continue reading 5:4 – Feedback

4:12 – The blue rose

A time cut relocates the agents to outside the prison, near a diner or cafe. Agent Tammy Preston (Chrysta Bell), whose presence we've not had much time to evaluate up until now, makes one of her first substantive contributions. She dismisses Mr. C's (Kyle MacLachlan) alibi as it doesn't hold water; the direction he was … Continue reading 4:12 – The blue rose

4:6 – Wally Brando

Sheriff Frank Truman (Robert Forster) trudges down the steps of the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department and walks over to his visitor, who is flanked on either side by his parents Lucy (Kimmy Robertson) and Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz). They coo over their son, who has clearly been on the road and away from home for … Continue reading 4:6 – Wally Brando