Rhodes wrote:Would you rather have had that these characters were not included at all?
No, like I stated above, I would like to have seen them integrated in the story
in a meaningful way. Now, to me, it's more like Lynch using the pretense of a reboot to make his own new 18 hour movie with isolated shots of Nadine or James thrown in like: here's a shot of the old cast you retarded retrofans who expected an actual reboot, suckers!!!
Maybe it's a difference between the old series and the 'limited event', or maybe not, but I never really thought of the old series (particularly season two) as having just one story. It always seemed to me like a bundle of parallel stories, some of which never connected at all. Maybe you'd regard them as side-stories; you can't really call them sub-plots because they never integrated back into the whole neatly. I think there have always been these 'meanwhile' stories that never went anywhere: glimpses of characters' vicissitudes and relationships that seemed wholly extraneous to the main dramatic arc. In a way, these sometimes contributed to the soapy feel of the series. I'm not saying this is happening now. On the contrary now it feels almost like these isolated shots don't even comprise a side-story, and yet at the same time I feel that there is enormous pressure on the Return to hang together, to resolve into one main story which ties everyone into it on some level. This is obviously very polarizing, both in terms of fan expectations and the realities of what can be delivered.
I feel almost that certain of the old series characters are being 'painted in' as staffage
, in the sense that painters use a medley of figures to populate an image, none of which has particular importance in themselves as figures, but are there simply to generate the effect of onlookers or passers-by to the main figures. Except, again -- and this is why I say only 'almost
feel' -- that these figures (Nadine, Jacoby, Jerry, for example; there are others) are not even connected as onlookers yet. Obviously then, as fans, it's hard to resist the desire for them to become more connected, to at least play the role of bystanders. I truly wonder whether or not this will happen, or if they will remain orbiting, atomic satellites distant and narratively remote from the main cluster, the barycentre Cooper/Doppelcoop/Cole (which three must surely
intersect more fully).