Rhodes wrote:If this were true, why didn't he just write a popular, fan-service script?
He could have written a more popular, more commercially viable script in 10% of his time-investment.
You say that as if writing a commercially viable script that pleases the fans would be the easiest thing to do, but i disagree and counterask: if it was that easy to come up with a commercial script that pleases fan why doesn't everyone do it? My opinion: there is an arty creative approach and there is an artisanal crafty approach. Both take talent and time to do well. Lynch's mistake was going with the arty creative approach for The Return, where he tried to again be so different and weird and creative that he would revolutionize tv a second time. However we're 25+ years further down the road now and compared to the barren landscape of the late 80s there is now such an incredible amount of offbeat, weird, creative shows and visuals all around us, that the correct way to tackle a reboot like this would have been less ambitious in the arty approach but doubledown on the artisinal approach: show us the craft of a team of people who know their material inside out and have honed their skills through time. Sadly, The Return was none of that, from the cheap digital look to all the sloppy inconsistencies.