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This week Rosie, Adam and Mark share their feels on episode five/part 5 of Twin Peaks the Return.

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3 Responses to “Diane: The Return (Twin Peaks episode 5)”

  1. Sean Says:

    This is an excerpt from a post I made on the dugpa forum, regarding how/why DougieCoop is vital thematically and narratively:

    “[...] But emotionally? This is a man who has lost 25 years of his life that cannot be replaced. While it’s portrayed in avant garde terms, the emotional core of it is that Cooper was robbed of life experiences. Important events and milestones, personal goals or dreams, these have all been lost to the cruel passage of time. It taps into the universal truth and fear of our mortality and the finite/finality of our existences. Even I, a 24 year old who just graduated university 2 weeks ago, have felt this sort of fear already and other similar regrets of what I’m doing with my time/life. I can’t imagine the heartbreak I would feel if I were trapped in an extradimension for 25 years, only to return and realize I had not experienced marriage/my wedding day, the birth of my child, seeing my family grow, experiencing the aging (living) process with loved ones. Friends and family died that I couldn’t say goodbye to (Major Briggs) or other friends sick (Harry), etc. Cooper’s tears when looking at sonny Jim and when looking at the statue are heartbreaking poignant moments of a man filled with regret and deep sadness.”

    I love DougieCoop because he is at once hilarious, uplifting, heartbreaking, poignant. I never feel like the joke is on DougieCoop; he is not subject to judgment or mockery (at least not by Lynch, Frost, or myself). I laugh with him, not at him. Further, I love with him, I awe with him. And when his heart aches, mine does too. I am thoroughly and unabashadly WITH him.

    Also, I see this as not some anomaly or aberration of Cooper, but a fragment of a platonic Coop. Fractal, prismatic Cooper. But no less sincere/true. This is the Cooper I’ve always loved and admired, from his very first scene in the pilot. It’s just looking at him through a new perspective.

    Oh and I gotta echo: I love me some mood too! Plot is fun and good and impressive and yes yes yes all that good stuff but it’s also not the end all be all like many push it as. I agree wholeheartedly that I prefer a more heterogenous approach to storytelling, oscillate between plot and mood, prose and poetry, bring pace up then slow it down. This is all story (plot =/= story, its more complex than that), and that’s the kind of story I love, and it’s what twin peaks always delivers.

    All that said and done though, I do hope we get strides in the next episode. 6 Hours/Parts/Episodes sounds like the right amount to spend with DougieCoop/Mr Jacpots. By no means do I think we will end up with the same Cooper from Seasons 1-2, after all he’s experienced and witnessed Cooper has to have changed fundamentally. I think when he is finally (more) whole (than he is now), we will see a more wounded but healing Cooper; one who is still fundamentally an ace at all and with a sincerely warm core, but who is understandably dealing with trauma. Also, I have a feeling that this Cooper will be more intuitive than before, with 25 years of experience in the Lodge space he must have gained some knowledge or understanding on some level, if not cognitive than visceral at least. And that makes him a formidable foe/ally to both this material world and the ethereal world (a Magician between two worlds). I think the “arc” of the season is to move towards a more holistic Cooper, attaining some transcendence or enlightenment in the process. Something akin to the touching conclusion of FWWM (Coop + Laura + The Angel) or the bittersweet ending of Mulholland Drive (with the final glimpse of Betty and Rita in a happier reality).

    Oh and of course… Diane, 8:41 p.m. San Francisco, California. what is happening in Argentina? In New York? In Twin Peaks? In Las Vegas? In Buckhorn? I have a feeling that there might even be a whole lotta shaking going down in Bend! Who is Philip Jeffries? What is he? Where is Ray? What happened to Major Briggs? Alchemy, magick, and infernal energies are percolating. Was that a fish in the percolator? … Bill Hastings claims it was all a dream. Do we live inside a dream? Or have we been awake the whole time? I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange…

    I think Episode 6 and maybe 7 will be mini climaxes, at least to the “arc” that has been built up over the last 5 episodes. I don’t think all the pieces will be cleared off the board just yet but I do think we will have some semblance of a climax coming… of course it’s quite hard to predict any of The Return isn’t it? And that’s half the fun.

  2. bobsy Says:

    Cheers for your note Sean –

    I love the Dougie sections but I am beginning to feel that there is a lot going on back in TP that I want to know about. I am stressing that 18 episodes just doesn’t feel like long enough if it’s all going to be this good!

  3. Sean Says:

    Cheers to you too Bobsy!

    Oh man yeah, I share that same dilemma. On the one hand, this is better than I could have ever imagined and I do quite like the Jacques Tati esque Dougie sections. On the other hand, 18 is not nearly enough for me.

    While I’m not sure how likely the possibility is, Lynch and Frost and even Kyle MacLachlan have noted in press that if audiences and the network want more Twin Peaks then there will be another season.

    Even without knowing what happens in the rest of the 18 episodes of Return, there’s plenty that they could explore in a 4th season. “What happened to Josie?” Would be a central conceit if she does not indeed appear in The Return. Along with any open ended storylines leftover from this season.

    Another possibility: Mark Frost and David Lynch make more projects for Showtime. Perhaps finally doing One Saliva Bubble or Ronnie Rocket (although I always felt like The Return would fold those scrapped projects somehow into Twin Peaks, and it looks like I was right). Maybe a completely new original IP. After all, Twin Peaks The Return is made by Rancho Rosa Productions. I’m sure that they wouldn’t have formed a production company around their revitalized partnership just to release 18 episodes and then call it quits.

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