I will preface this by saying I love the new Twin Peaks. It is bizarre, terrifying, and I have no idea what’s happening. I can’t wait to see what unfolds as more pieces of this 18-hour movie are revealed. It is David Lynch at his most untethered. Not everyone will like it but I believe if you keep an open mind and let the story unfold, you will enjoy getting lost on this wild ride.
The opening title focuses on Laura Palmer, the Snoqualmie Falls, and the Black Lodge. And it’s a bit shorter. But the music and font are the same.
We open on a black and white scene of the Giant and Cooper in the Lodge. Many cryptic messages are received, but I’d say the most important is:
Remember 430. Richard and Linda. Two birds one stone.”
Dr. Jacobi lives in what looks like a trailer in the woods. He gets some shovels delivered. Hmm.
NEW YORK CITY
Yes, we are going to spend a lot of time not in Twin Peaks this season. Our first stop is New York City. A young man sits and watches an empty glass box, cameras surrounding it. His job is to watch and change the tapes when they run out. His lady friend Tracey brings him two lattes (with a “Z” on each cup). He can’t let her in but she tries to peek at the security code.
“Oooh. Now I’m so curious, you’re driving me crazy.”
“You’re a bad girl, Tracey.”
There’s a lot of silence in these glass box scenes. They’re long, drawn out and uncomfortable. Silence, in general, can be uncomfortable. It gives these scenes an anxious feeling. We’re waiting. We know something is going to happen but what?
The next night Tracey visits and brings two lattes, all the security guards are gone. Notice she also has a “Z” brooch on her blazer. What could that mean? The young man checks the bathroom to make sure they’re alone. “Let’s not overthink this opportunity,” she tells him. He brings her into the room and explains that an anonymous billionaire funds this glass box and he’s supposed to watch the box for something to appear. As they innocently sip their lattes and watch the glass box, it doesn’t take long for glass box and chill to happen.
As they’re having sex, the glass box grows dark and then something appears inside… Some kind of white, ghostly, alien-like figure. It breaks through the glass and attacks them, brutally scratching their faces. Blood is everywhere but the couple remains perfectly still and silent throughout the attack.
Ben is still running the Great Northern. And his goofy brother Jerry has not only grown a giant beard but also is now growing and selling weed. Nice.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Respect. She’s a beautiful soul. And she’s married.”
“That never stopped you before.”
I mean, Jerry’s right, Ben. You’ve always been a dirty old man. But props to you if you’re still trying to change. Maybe getting punched into the fireplace by Doc Hayward did you some good.
Lucy is still adorable and ditzy. She establishes that there are two Sheriff Trumans: one is sick and the other is fishing. This is likely to account for the lack of Harry S. Truman this season. A disappointment for sure, but Robert Forester plays his brother and (spoiler alert) is great.
And then we meet BOBCooper, accompanied by very scary music. BOBCooper wears leather jackets and snakeskin shirts, has long hair, is kind of greasy and tan all over, and beats the shit out of people. He’s also got a whole new crop of seedy comrades. It’s hard to remember that it’s been 25 years since BOBCooper was unleashed on the world. He’s had a lot of time to get up to a lot of shenanigans.