There's been loads of great posts here lately, thanks for all that! - I might like to relate to many of them but first a brief impression after watching this and that last night.
yaxomoxay wrote:This season is a process, and for the good of me I can't see how anyone could've thought that this was going to be a run to the gates.
We are watching a quarantine.
Even astronauts have to be quarantined and Cooper has been in a place much more challenging than space.
This is someting I acknowledge and appreciate. And probably one of the reasons why I - unlike many (most?) of The Disappointed - find the Dougie plot the best what The Return has to offer. I care for Dougie, he touches me, he amuses me, I can identify with his character on many levels because I, too, so often remain mute and blank when I look around (or into myself, for that matter, even more). I find McLachlan excellent in this role and I the characters around Dougie's storyline - Mitchum Brothers & the Candies, Janey-E, Battling Bud - are also among those who I rather enjoy.
My disappointment grows elsewhere and Part 13 showed it very well. The episode as a whole was... mediocre? Alright but without anything really catchy, altogether probably one of the worst. But I liked Dougie, the Mr C part was also alright
. What really let me down, not for the first time, was Twin Peaks itself. In my opinion the old characters are uninteresting, the old actors aren't doing very well, their 'new' storylines are meaningless. The scenes yesterday:
* Norma et al. at RR was dull; mediocre like I said as it wasn't ainful to watch or anything - no, I could watch it again today, why not? But again, what for?
* Shelly and Becky might be good but didn't even happen - we had a phone conversation which was perhaps promising but turned out pointless.
* Bobby made a mention of one of the few interesting things that had happened in the Twin Peaks location (the discovery of the Mjr Briggs message) only to remind me how long ago it was and why is nothing happening about it anymore?
* I was happy to see that Nadine for the first time went on to do something different than watching Dr Amp and sipping her drink but all in all her scene with Jacoby I found plain bad. If it was to bring back any old sentiments, it certainly didn't work for me. That was the kind of scene which makes me think, as someone once wrote here, that I'd rather the old characters got erased altogether instead of being turned into selfparody.
* The new Audrey scene, hmm... I'm beginning to strongly think that there's something very weird behind it and perhaps Audrey really is still in a coma (I need to explore to thread dedicated to this topic, so far I only had a quick look at it) and all of this isn't really happening... that could perhaps become interesting, yet the scene itself wasn't good at all. Oh well, Audrey did move, hooray!
* As usual the Sarah scene was good but.. ok, it was good and let's stick to it.
* Ed's appearance... I don't understand such attitude to storytelling. You let everyone know an old and dearly missed friend is going to reappear; you make everyone wait a long time till it happens; and then you put him in a meaningless scene (I mean at the bar) where he has nothing to do or say; what's the point?
And the only things which really worked for me, regarding Twin Peaks the town, was the ending and the post-ending. Of course the "Roadhouse proudly presents James Hurley" moment was funny, perhaps too easily funny
but I liked it, I admit it. One thing is, I do like the Roadhouse endings' mood, I look forward to them. Second, I like James, and he, for one, doesn't seem a self parody. He's always been cool.
Third, the girl watching him provided some emotional meaning to this scene so it was actually a scene, not just a guy singing.
And what I called the post-ending, the solitary Ed sitting so sadly at his gas station, now that was a very moving moment, painful (but not to watch!), meaningful. Best moment of the episode.to be continued...