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(SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watch the first seven episodes of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: The Return.”)
At just under 18 hours long, the “Twin Peaks” revival is the longest David Lynch movie ever, so it’s only natural that we’re gonna have a whole lot of questions four hours in. There are, of course, lingering questions from the original series — but for now let’s focus on the many new questions we have so far.
Near the end of Part 5, we see a creepy man (Eamon Farren) at the Roadhouse hand someone a cigarette pack filled with money and then assaults a girl who asked him for a light. In part 6 he appears to be trafficking cocaine, and he runs over a child with his truck. The credits list this character as “Richard Horne.” So he’s part of the Horne family, but what’s his connection? Is he Audrey Horne’s son?
In Part 7, Sheriff Truman calls up Dr. Hayward to ask him about the night Evil Doppelganger Coop came out of the Lodge at the end of season 2. Dr. Hawyard says he took Coop to the hospital for a work-up, and then later found him in Intensive Care with that “strange face” (presumably when BOB shows through). He speculates that Coop was checking on Audrey, who was in a coma after the explosion at the bank. Might that imply that Bad Coop sexually assaulted Audrey? Could Richard Horne be Bad Coop’s son?
In Part 6, Hawk took apart one of the bathroom stall doors and discovered three missing pages from Laura Palmer’s diary — including the page on which she wrote the supernatural message from Annie from “Fire Walk With Me.” Hawk speculates in Part 7 that Leland Palmer hid them there when they brought him in for questioning for Jacques Renault’s murder. But where’s the other missing page, and what does it say?
So where the hell is Annie now anyway? Heather Graham has said she wasn’t returning for the “Twin Peaks” revival, which could be misdirection — or it could mean she’s dead or missing or some other nefarious “Twin Peaks” thing. We’ve had multiple reminders of her important role in the past, though, which would seem to imply she’s still important now, in some way.
What’s going on with that magic drug dealer (Balthazar Getty)? This character, credited as Red, showed up at the Roadhouse in Part 2, where he shot a finger gun at Shelly. Then, in Part 6, he reveals himself as the person Richard is working for — and he does a bizarre magic trick with a dime that freaks Richard out something fierce. What in the world is all this?
What is this black box sitting in an ashtray in Buenos Aires? In Part 5 we see it twice, first when the assassins trying to kill Dougie Jones report in to a woman named Lorraine, who then calls the box. Then, later, Bad Coop seemingly also calls the box from prison, after which it morphs into a small piece of metal. Also, Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) is said to have disappeared from Buenos Aires in “Fire Walk With Me.” And Rosenfield says Bad Coop and Jeffries worked together on a thing together in Colombia at some point? So what does all this mean and how do the dots connect?
Somebody, meanwhile, seems to want to kill everybody who wears Coop’s face. The who and the why are way up in the air, though the black box in Part 5 would seem to imply a connection between Bad Coop and the assassins going after Dougie. What kind of connection that is remains unknown, however. Are the people trying to kill Dougie even the same group as whoever wants to kill Bad Coop?
Who does Duncan Todd (Patrick Fishler) work for? In part 6, Duncan receives some sort of signal that causes him to pull a file out of his office safe — a file that later ends up in the hands of a hitman called Ike “The Spike.” Ike murders Lorraine, which implies the “her” that Duncan hired in Part 2 was Lorraine. Which in turn implies that Duncan is the one sending hitmen after Dougie. But we still don’t know why.
In Part 6, Albert (Miguel Ferrer) finally caught up with the woman Gordon Cole had wanted him to find to help with the mystery of the Coop doppelganger, and it’s none other than the Diane that Coop had been sending his case notes to in the original series (portrayed by Laura Dern). In Part 7, Diane seems to hate Coop something fierce, and when she meets Bad Coop in prison she asks him about the last time they were together — when something apparently bad happened. So what’s that bad blood between Coop and Diane all about, and what happened the last time they were together?
What was that weird hum/ringing sound that Ben Horne and Beverly Paige heard in the Great Northern in Part 7? It seems to be coming from everywhere and nowhere — could this be Josie Packard continuing to haunt the place? Remember, Ben Horne previously saw her face in a drawer pull in season 2 after she died.
Does the Linda the Giant mentioned live at the Fat Trout Trailer Park? In Part 6, someone else from the trailer park tags along with Carl Rodd into town because he needs to get the mail from the post office for a woman named Linda, who he mentions has to use a wheelchair to get around. Is that the Linda?
While Carl is in town, he has a sort of encounter with Richard Horne, when he witnesses Richard plows over a young boy with his truck. In a weird way, we could consider this Carl’s “Richard and Linda” day, though that could be a reach. Also, Carl seemingly saw the boy’s soul float away after he died — we know that Carl likely was taken to the Lodge when he was young, but why would a Lodge-related vision manifest for him now?
What will finally bring Coop out of his funk? In Part 6 we see some positive signs, as his detective instincts kick in as he marks up some insurance paperwork with what initially seems like nonsense — until his boss takes a look and totally gets what Coop was doing. Then in Part 7, Coop reflexively disarms Ike the Spike when he comes to kill Coop, his FBI training seemingly kicking in at the right moment. MIKE appeared again in Part 6 to try to wake Coop up, so it would seem there’s a meaningful amount of urgency to this.
The visit by Navy personnel in Part 7 to visit the decapitated body found in Part 1 seems to confirm that it belongs to Major Briggs. But how could a body that’s only been dead for a few days be the same age that Briggs was in the original series?
Why was Dougie’s wedding ring inside Major Briggs’ body in Part 5?
Speaking of Matthew Lillard, who we haven’t seen since Part 2. That character’s wife seems to know Evil Doppelganger Coop — who later murdered her. What does this have to do with Dougie and anything else going on?
Late in Part 5, we see Agent Preston apparently comparing the fingerprints of Coop from back in the day to those of Evil Coop from prison. All but one of the fingers has the same print — Albert notes in Part 7 that the print for Bad Coop’s left ring finger is reversed. Gordon Cole notes that that finger is the “spiritual finger,” and reminds us that when Bad Coop greeted Gordon and Albert in Part 4 he reversed the word “very.” What does all that mean?
So while everybody thinks the real Coop is somebody named Dougie Jones, the real Dougie Jones is gone now, having been turned into a ball bearing after taking the real Coop’s place in the Black Lodge. MIKE says Dougie was “manufactured” for the purpose of that swap, but by whom? And why?
As Agent Cooper was journeying out of the Black Lodge toward reality in Part 3, he encountered the spectre of Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine) in some new extra-dimensional space. She warned him that he needed to hurry because “my mother is coming” — possibly implying a new major paranormal force. And another thing the giant said was, “It is in our house now,” which maybe could be referring to that “mother.” But what is it?
There have been a couple mentions of “blue rose” in the new season — first by the ghostly visage of Major Briggs floating through space and later by Agent Rosenfield. The blue rose refers to a type of FBI investigation — the Teresa Banks case in “Fire Walk With Me” was a blue rose, as was the whole Laura Palmer situation. The question, then, is why did Major Briggs’ ghost say it to Cooper? And how, specifically, is the “blue rose” defined? That symbol seems to have some deeper meaning beyond just being a categorization, but what it is remains unclear.
Bad Coop has a lot of weird scenes like that, in which he seems to be setting the stage for something. That something, though, is still totally unknown at this point. Which leads to probably the biggest question in the revival: After 25 years in the real world, what exactly is Bad Coop trying to accomplish?
And then there’s this box in New York. When Coop tried to leave the Black Lodge he landed on it, was sucked into it and floated through it before ending up in some other weird dimension. Nobody knows who put the box there and paid some kid to stare at it all day, or what exactly it’s supposed to do. So, yeah, what’s that about?
In that other dimension with Ronette and the woman (listed in the credits as “Naidu”) whose eyes were covered in flesh, we see a couple of strange machines — one labeled 15 and the other, which transported Coop to the real world, labeled 3. Later, Coop finds a hotel key from the Great Northern in Twin Peaks for room 315, which is the room Coop stayed in during the original series. So what does all that mean?
We finally get to meet the kid Lucy was pregnant with all through the original series, and he’s a weirdo named Wally Brando played by Michael Cera who makes this really bizarre speech to Sheriff Other Truman (Robert Forster). Somehow this scene is weirder than everything else in the show thus far. What the hell?
Source: the wrap feed
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