The Gazebo wrote:
I've said it before, but I can't shake the feeling that this was just an opportunity for Lynch to visualize any old idea he'd been harbouring for a long time, and Twin Peaks was the convenient vehicle, no matter how unrelated these ideas were to the original universe he created.
I doubt that anybody would debate that. I actually don't have a problem with that. It's just him playing around in a very casual way.
As far as the whole dropped plotlines thing, it's really only when you get to the consequential plotlines and characters that I feel Lynch dropped the ball, and not intentionally. I highly doubt they planned to have Mr. C be such a flat character who barely goes anywhere, or to make the Woodsmen (especially Mr. Gotta Light) so totally memorable and promising only to leave them dangling and barely shown again in any important way. That episode pointed to such amazing things coming up, and I waited and waited, and it never came. Someone will probably say that was the intent, and maybe it was (the unlit cigarette, perpetual lack of fulfillment), but at the moment it just feels like not enough attention was paid to it, to Mr. C, to Sarah, and others.
Having said this, I still would take the total playfulness and casualness and idiosyncrasy of this show, flaws and all, over some of the new films I've been to lately. Man, such standard stuff, and these are films getting praise and awards. The last film I considered more than ten minutes after leaving the theater was "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" which I would recommend to you all; it was my favorite of last year -- dark and bizarre.
As for the idea mentioned of people liking his later works and not this, and vice versa, I think those films and this come from a similar place, so I don't know why fans would necessarily reject one and not the other. It's just a question of which one(s) do some similar ideas better. This show is better than "MD" (which, though I consider it his worst, his least sincere and most lazy film, I wouldn't say I "dislike"). However, I really hate the fact that some unwelcome identity shifting stuff from that film appears to have found its way to this show. I liked "IE" on first viewing, and my feelings for it have remained strong since. I both like and dislike "Return".