We are 6 episodes into the this new Twin Peaks solely directed by David Lynch, and it is quite unclear and disjointed. It is the oddball for television now as the original Twin Peaks was the oddball for television in the early 1990’s. And that initially was a hard task since there are so many weird TV shows on now, but Twin Peaks beats them all in that department by being one of the most bizarre projects television has ever seen.
Its weird meandering and occasional feints toward trolling its audience might very well be testing the patience of many. Twin Peaks has never been about straightforward, completely coherent storytelling, but the original series did have more forward momentum than this. In these 2 episodes we saw where the biggest plot development was Cooper (who’s now Dougie) learning a new phrase or two as he slowly makes his way back to sanity. This whole concept of ‘a character switching places with another’ or in this case, ‘a character coming back to reality with a slowly increasing IQ’ is certainly not new and many times makes this whole miniseries feel like something made in the 80s. It is hilarious, but while mildly amusing, it’s getting old, and it’s not progressing the plot too much.
So far the best aspects of this series is its raw emotionalism, bizarre sense-of-humor and of course, the consistently looming mystery. But being already a 1/4 way through these 18 episodes it is a wonder if the writers even plan on revealing them. Do they even have time? Every episode so far has featured a scene, whether enthralling or mundane, that seems to have almost nothing to do with anything. And these scenes doesn’t follow any kind of guideline either, they could be gut-wrenching like seeing a little boy get hit by a truck; frightening like seeing a little person brutally stabbing random female workers in an office; or just straight up bizarre like when you have to watch a low-budget TV commercial about shovels. Telling a story this way runs the risk of trying certain viewers’ patience, especially if it never adds up to anything concrete, and David Lynch’s works are not known for adding up to easy explanations. As for now neither Lynch nor Frost has given much for us to consider it great. So this is the type of series where we must trust that the writers know what they’re doing.
p.s. still no Audrey 🙁