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

6:1 – Home

We find Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) where we left him, at the foot of the statue in the plaza, piles of case files pressed against him, now struggling with his sleeve in a manner that is wholly childlike. Johnny Jewel's “Windswept” plays on the soundtrack, and its usage seems sadder than ever. Officer Reynaldo (Juan Carlos … Continue reading 6:1 – Home

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

5:6 – Innocence

The red door on Lancelot Court opens and out come Janey-E Jones (Naomi Watts) and Sonny-Jim (Pierce Gagnon), having completed their breakfast meal from Part 4 (as previously noted, the timelines of the different strands of story in The Return do not sync up). Janey-E tells her son to get in the car and she goes … Continue reading 5:6 – Innocence

4:8 – Take five

Breakfast. Janey-E (Naomi Watts) is at the stove in their expansive kitchen; typical of detached American homes that exudes middle class affluence. Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" plays prominently on the soundtrack. The makings of the day's first meal are strewn around. Coffee mugs. Orange juice. A typical domestic scene.Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan) zombie walks into the … Continue reading 4:8 – Take five

4:7 – Mr dream weaver

It's morning at the Jones household in Las Vegas. The timelines across the events that take place in Nevada, Washington and South Dakota do not sync up - or even make chronological sense some of the time - but for Dougie Jones (Kyle MacLachlan), this is day 2 of his experiences. We join him sat … Continue reading 4:7 – Mr dream weaver

4:3 – Red door

While in recent horror cinema red doors have been used to symbolise mysteries or otherworldly menace (Insidious, It Comes At Night), traditionally the red door has been a symbol of sanctuary and also of prosperity. In the Chinese art of Feng Shui, a red door brings positive energy and is seen as 'the mouth of the … Continue reading 4:3 – Red door