Monday, 12 June 2017

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 5

I had a terrible dilemma regarding Part 5: do I take my laptop on holiday with me to Italy and hope the Wi-Fi in rural Sardinia will be good enough to view it while I'm away or do I wait until I return to the UK and watch it days later than everyone else? Ultimately I decided to leave life behind in London and wait it out and I really appreciated the social media ban that came with this. When I finally got home to London it was 1am and the sensible side of me knowing I had work the following morning said 'go to bed' but of course I stayed up and watched it!

I'm still experiencing sublime chills when the opening titles roll and even though we are now almost a third of the way into The Return it feels very much that we are only at the tip of the iceberg with an enormous amount of unravelling to take place.

Opening over a sprawling night skyline, I cannot get enough of the lavish aerial shots of Vegas and the other incredible new destinations in the show. I hate to admit it but I don't feel too sad that Twin Peaks the town isn't as big a feature this time around. It's so exciting that the world has expanded in such a dynamic way.

Mr C + BOB = no sleep.

The scene from Part 5 which has stuck in my mind the most is when we visit Mr C (this name is the most heavily adopted by fans to reference Cooper's evil doppelganger) in his prison cell. Mr C is absolutely terrifying. Talk about black as midnight on a moonless night - those soulless eyes with the deep, penetrating stare are so creepy and these powers he has to manipulate the environment, know what people are thinking and still see BOB in his reflection has been playing on my mind in the most troublesome way. Last night I imagined him standing in the darkness of my hallway as I rounded the corner to visit the bathroom - he gives me the absolute creeps. Back when I watched Twin Peaks for the first time I was terrified by BOB but having spent years obsessing over Twin Peaks, BOB almost lost his terrifying appeal (I even have an action figure of the evil dude). Seeing BOB in his newest form has totally reminded me of how viciously evil and scary he is. When Mr C goes to make his phone call and does everything he can to intimidate and terrorise the prison wardens and guards he references a Mr Strawberry. This particularly shocks Warden Murphy and I believe means something personal to him that nobody, especially Mr C, could know about. I remember how eerily upsetting it was when Leland under BOB's possession in the original series mentions Pittsburgh to Cooper - Cooper witnessed his wife's murder in Pittsburgh and there's no way Leland could know this but BOB is everywhere and seriously spooky. We have to commend Kyle Maclachlan for his tremendous performance. In comparison to Agent Cooper as a dumb 'Dougie' it's easy to forget this is the same actor.

Speaking of dumb Dougie - why does absolutely nobody think that something is seriously up with him? Which leads me to question whether this truly is reality (albeit in a Twin Peaks realistic sense)... I also find it bemusing that everyone who encounters him constantly uses his name - they repeat his name nearly every time they speak to him which is completely unnatural. It's beginning to feel utterly uncanny to spend so much time in the mundane shoes of an insurance salesman. And there is definitely something of the blue rose about his son, Sonny Jim. Cooper shed a tear staring at him and I am absolutely 100% certain that the boy blinked backwards. And if I'm right about that please allow me some gloating time because I'm not usually one to spot the subtle clues. There's absolutely more happening here than meets the eye. And how did Dougie's wedding ring end up inside the John Doe corpse in South Dakota? I remember Dougie wore the Owl Cave ring so they must have been switched some how. I have a feeling this has something to do with Mr C.

Dougie loves covfefe.
I'm glad that coffee continues to be the elixir of choice but our special agent will need more than caffeine to return to us. I saw him eyeing up a donut in the boardroom scene and wondered if the heavenly trinity of coffee, donuts and cherry pie could do the trick. I am patiently waiting and hoping that Cooper will return to us in full force eventually. But I'm now concerned that all those years in The Black Lodge has literally turned Cooper insane with no going back.

There are now a great deal of locations, characters and threads weaving, presumably at the same time but it's hard to be sure. The scrappy wee kid with the drug addict mother at Rancho Rosa nearly gets blown up by the bomb attached to Dougie's car. Returning to him and his mother has proven for me that no scene we see is insignificant for a 'Lynchian' effect alone - everything will lead somewhere. We also see Jade again who finds Cooper's key to The Great Northern Hotel. The keyring is adorned with the immortal words 'A Clean Place Reasonably Priced' and some fans are outraged that the quote Cooper uses can't possibly be the tagline for the hotel but come on... you desperately seek reference to the old but then go up in arms if a little tribute doesn't entirely make sense. I buy it as pure frivolous homage.

We do get a healthy dose of nostalgia with a visit to the Double R Diner where history is repeating itself. Shelly's daughter Becky visits the diner where Shelly, Norma, Heidi and Toad (played by Marv Rosand who died shortly after filming) all still work. Becky, played by Amanda Seyfried, is a Lynchian beauty - angelic looking with a troubled dark side. She's dating a loser drug addict and asking her mother to bail her out with some cash. As the young couple sit in the car and take coke it reminded me of the first time we see Bobby and Shelly get it on in the same car park in the Pilot episode. They had the most electric chemistry and so do these two but their predicament doesn't seem as innocent. We receive a perfectly Lynch moment as Becky knocks her head back in a blissful high and the romantic song I Love How You Love Me plays on the car radio. The mysteries we are left with from this scene - who is Becky's father and what is a charbroiled burger?

Becky and Steven Burnett. The new Shelly and Bobby?
Finally we find out what Dr Jacoby has been intending with his spray painted gold shovels. Dr Amps as he now goes by is preaching his frustration with the state of the world in an online broadcast complete with wacky props and sound effects. But despite his arguably accurate world view the real motivation behind his broadcast is a money making scam. His spray painted gold shit shovelers aren't so reasonably priced. I loved seeing Nadine blissfully watching with a serene smile of agreement across her face and I'm sure that was a protein shake she was drinking.

Dr Amps and the golden shit shoveller.

This week Trouble play at The Roadhouse with David Lynch's son Riley on guitar and Lynch's sound man Dean Hurley on drums. A total prick smokes nonchalantly next to a no smoking sign and bribes a heck of a lot of money to an off duty cop to allow him to continue. The code of The Bookhouse Boys must have diminished over the years as this cop does not have the same moral fibre the good old boys did. We're treated to yet another scene of brutal violence towards a woman when this prick assaults a young girl in a Frank Booth of Blue Velvet maniac way. He's a nasty piece of work. I was perplexed by the non-reaction of her friends who just watch blankly. Which makes me hope in the next scene with Agent Tammy Preston studying Cooper's finger prints that Tammy will come through as a bad ass female hero that I feel the show lacks the majority of the time. She discovers that Mr C and Agent Cooper's fingerprints are identical but reversed.

Just when you thought there weren't enough violent molesters in this town...

I will end with a public service announcement: study the closing credits as they often have some interesting pieces of information. The total prick in the Roadhouse's surname is Richard Horne. Could this mean he's Audrey's son? And Sheryl Lee was credited as Laura Palmer but I do not remember seeing her in this part at all. Is her credit included merely because her image appears in the opening titles? Or is Laura lurking in disguise? My brain is turning to mush trying to decipher all of this but it's proving to be one hell of a ride along the way.