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.
BUCKHORN, SOUTH DAKOTA
It wouldn’t be Twin Peaks without a murder mystery. After a classic Lynchian, overly long comedic frustration among a loony resident, the local police, and the building’s maintenance man eventually reveals the murder of a woman named Ruth Davenport. She’s been shot through the left eye but only her head is found. Her head has been severed and under the covers is the body of another man missing his head.
Bill Hastings’, the local principal, fingerprints are everywhere. You may recognize him as Shaggy from Scooby Doo or from Scream. After he’s brought in for questioning, he denies any involvement with the murder but slowly begins to crack. They search his car and find some bloody piece of flesh in his truck. Zoinks, Scoob!
As his wife visits, Bill tells her he had a dream he was in Ruth’s apartment and murdered her but he swears he wasn’t there. But it seems like he was having an affair with her, while his wife is having an affair with George, their lawyer. After she leaves, we see some sort of Mulholland Drive-esque person in the other cell all clad in black and dirty. He disappears and his head floats up and away. This is pretty silly, but some have theorized this is a spirit that possessed his body and made him kill Ruth. Could be
When his wife gets home, BOBCooper is there. She recognizes him, so perhaps this murder was planned all along. BOBCooper says:”You did
You did good. You follow human nature perfectly. This is George’s gun.”
He shoots her, and she falls down dead.
Later in a seedy motel room, BOBCooper terrifies and kills his lady friend pretty brutally. It’s very similar to how BOBLeland killed Maddy. He holds this girl tightly, squeezing her, bashing her head into things, and hitting her. Before he shoots her in the head and kills her, he tells her he’s supposed to go back to the Black Lodge. But he’s got a plan to prevent that. He won’t go back even though his time is up.
He contacts who he thinks is Philip Jeffries. This “Jeffries” claims he knows that BOBCooper met with Garland Briggs. But the guy also threatens BOBCooper that he’s going back in tomorrow and he’ll be with BOB again. So I don’t think this is really Jeffries. It also doesn’t really sound like David Bowie, even distorted. If I’m misreading this scene, I apologize, but I believe he was tracing the call to South Dakota. Otherwise, I’m not sure why he was suddenly looking up police precinct floor plans. (I don’t have all the answers, ya’ll. I have a theory that contradicts this after seeing parts 3 and 4, but I won’t discuss that yet.)
Hawk, my log has a message for you. Something is missing. And you have to find it. It has to do with you Special Agent Dale Cooper. The way you will find it has something to do with your heritage. This is a message from the log. Goodnight, Hawk.”
This is one of the most heartbreaking things to see. As many may know, Catherine E. Coulson passed away in 2015 from cancer, so seeing her in this frail, fragile state was really upsetting. But it’s also fantastic that she was willing to reprise her very important role in this story. The Log Lady, Margaret, is such a symbol of the show’s mythology that it really must be her that sends Hawk on his quest to rescue Cooper. It comes full circle after Dale told Hawk: “If I’m ever lost, I hope you’re the man they send to find me.”
And what could be the missing piece? Is it Cooper himself? My money is on the ring. In the Secret History of Twin Peaks, the ring is traced back to Native Americans, which is Hawk’s heritage. Plus, the ring has been missing since Annie had it on and lost it at the hospital (in one of the FWWM missing pieces). That’s my theory but Hawk enlists Andy and Lucy for assistance. Perhaps mistakenly since they’re just as bumbling as ever.
Later, Hawk searches the forest with that very familiar spotlight flashlight in full effect. He receives another call on his cell phone. The people of Twin Peaks have cell phones, ladies and gentleman!
Hawk, where are you walking tonight?”
“Once again, your log and I are on the same page. Something’s happening here tonight.”
“The stars turn and a time presents itself. Hawk, watch carefully.”
“I will, Margaret”
“I’m too weak to go with you but stop by. I have coffee and pie for you.”
I’m going to breeze past how much this hurts my heart. ANYWAY, Hawk finds his way to Glastonbury Groves and sees the red curtains.
THE BLACK LODGE
Cooper is sitting in his usual chair across from the One-Armed Man, who introduces Laura Palmer. “You can go out now.” Her speech is even more disorienting, as is the backward blinking, which is my favorite Black Lodge effect.
I am Laura Palmer. I am dead yet I live.”
Laura takes her face off to reveal a blindingly bright nothingness, which sounds like electrical currents running through it. She backward kisses Cooper and whispers something to him again. But then the curtains ripple and she screams like a banshee and flies away.
Cooper soon meets the new Arm, which is some sort of nerve tree with a talking brain on top. “The evolution of the arm,” the One-Armed Man explains. Or this is just a sick burn to the former Man From Another Place. He did say, “When you see me again, I won’t be me.” So this is truer than ever.
The Arm tells Cooper that the doppelgänger has to come back into the lodge before Cooper can leave. “253. Time and time again.” There’s a different number now.
But if you thought that was buck wild, just wait. Shit’s about to pop off.
Cooper runs into Leland who looks very sad. “Find Laura,” he pleads with Cooper.
The One-Armed Man senses something. “Something’s wrong,” he says.
“My doppelgänger,” the Arm reasons, looking as agitated as a weird nerve tree can look, I guess.
Cooper opens the curtain as BOBCooper comes driving towards him. But the white statue turns into the Arm’s doppelgänger, who prevents Cooper from trading places and makes the floor move all around.
Cooper is flung from the Black Lodge and falls on top of the glass box in New York City. He sinks in and floats through the eye-like circle in the wall into the box. This is happening just as the young man and Tracey are heading inside to make out. But then he vanishes and floats through space and a giant void. Perhaps he was kicked out by whatever creature attacked the young man and Tracey?
There is a lot of cool imagery here that I cannot possibly hope to describe. It’s in your best interest to watch these Black Lodge scenes because words alone cannot do them justice.
Sarah Palmer sits on her couch, smoking and watching lions attack other animals. It’s bloody and I can’t help but stare the mirror behind her during the scene, wondering what I should be looking at in this scene. But maybe we’re just supposed to experience Sarah Palmer’s life without her daughter and husband.
We visit the roadhouse. Shelly is doing shots with a few friends in a booth. She mentions her daughter Becky, dating some boy she doesn’t like named Steven.
James shows up to the Roadhouse with a young man in tow. He orders beer for them. Shelly makes eyes at a guy sitting at the bar who is not Bobby. Grumble, grumble. The same actor who played Jacques Renault is tending bar. Another long-lost Renault brother? Or a fun fan-service element? I’m cool with either.
Shelly spots James, who is staring at her friend (you may recognize her as Vanessa from Gossip Girl). Her friends are all weirded out because James is just so totally weird.
Shelly is quick to defend him: “James was in a motorcycle accident. He’s just quiet now.” And then she drops this bombshell on us:
James is cool. He’s always been cool.”
The end. For now.