Hi, I just registered to talk about the many plot arcs, cliffhangers and characters that got no resolution or ultimately just meant nothing or just were plain underwhelming. Please add your own ideas.
(Disclaimer: I was commenting this show on Reddit until now, but I had to abandon that community. It has become toxic, you can't write anything negative about David Lynch or express your true opinion in any way. David Lynch is perfect in everything he does and all TP:TR scenes are awesome and if you don't agree then you must be stupid. I hope that this forum is more forgiving in that regard. Also, excuse my English if I make a mistake, I'm Spanish.)
1) [Underwhelming] Steven and Becky. I thought Becky was going to be the new Laura Palmer and end up wrapped in plastic or something. In the end, she may or may not be dead. Steven died and nobody felt moved by it. These characters were kind of 'meh'.
2) [Leads nowhere] Red (Balthazar Getty). We end up knowing so little about him, or his relationship with Shelly. He does some cool shit in front of Richard, it looks like he is going to be big, but no. He just fades into black. Meh.
3) [Underwhelming] Richard Horne. At least we get to know that he is indeed Mr. C.'s son. But he killed a boy, he almost killed that woman, he assaulted his grandmother, he joined a gang... only to be vaporized in the end. He looked like a major character that could do something big. Lynch even teased us with the whole "Richard and Linda" thing; it seemed like everything was about him. But in the end, he just... burns. Meh.
4) [Underwhelming] Chantal and Hutch. They looked like big badasses who could be a serious threat to Cooper’s life. Instead, they just get killed in the most random way. Meh.
5) [Underwhelming] Mr. C.’s plan. It seems like he was looking for an entrance to the White Lodge, but he got easily trapped and fooled. He didn’t look menacing anymore, in fact he looked funny in that weird cage. He then enters the Sheriff Station for no particular reason that we could understand, only to be easily taken down. Well, that was an underwhelming final boss. Yes, BOB scaped (I thought he was removed from him in Part 8?) and caused some trouble, but it didn’t look menacing. In fact, that scene seemed quite absurd and funny. Meh.
6) [Underwhelming] Cooper returning to Twin Peaks. He rushes by the entrance sign, goes straight to the Sheriff Station, exchanges a handful of sentences with the locals, and that’s it. I didn’t expected an Asterix ending with everyone eating cherry pie at the RR, but c’mon, that was practically nothing.
7) [Unresolved] Who phoned Mr. C. and said that wanted to be with BOB again? I dare you to find a reasonable explanation to this.
[Leads nowhere] Hawk and Log Lady’s prophecies. Think about it. In the end, Hawk did absolutely nothing useful for Cooper. We were so excited thinking that Hawk was going to find Cooper and wake him up. But no, in the end, Cooper waked up by himself, and Hawk did nothing. Margaret did not provide useful information. The only useful thing that they know is that there are two Coopers (so Lucy can safely kill one of them), but that is information is provided by Major Briggs, not the Log Lady. Also, remember that Hawk went to Glastonbury Grove for absolutely no reason.
9) [Underwhelming] Mother/Experiment/Judy. She looked like a big menace who could unleash some serious trouble on Twin Peaks. She looked like the Big Baddy to be defeated. But, in the end, she just… does something to the timeline… or maybe not… not really scary. Also, I don’t understand why a hot actress was cast to play this part. It’s incomprehensible to me. Also, the answer to who is Judy felt extremely underwhelming: it’s an alias for Mother. Ok. It would have been more entertaining if she had been… something else. Meh.
10) [Leads nowhere] Audrey Horne and all of those Roadhouse conversations. I feel like all those random Roadhouse conversations are part of the Audrey storyline (they are happening inside her ‘world’, whatever that is). Could somebody make a total count of how many minutes did we spend on all of that? For what? Billy, Tina, Chuck, Charlie… This is probably the biggest ‘meh’ of all. I don’t think anybody could watch this season again sitting through all those boring conversations again. We thought they were building up to something, but no --they were actually just random boring conversations. And the fate of Audrey is so extremely vague that ultimately means nothing. It could be literally anything.
11) [Underwhelming] The humming sound. Oh, my god, we were so excited, remember? What is that humming sound at the hotel? Is it Josie? Is it Audrey? Is it Laura Palmer? Is it Mother? No. It was just MIKE again strolling the corridors. Meh.
12) [Underwhelming] The hotel room key. For absolutely no reason, that key opens a corridor to The Zone. The same Zone that Cooper is now able to communicate with at will. Meh. Ok.
13) [Leads nowhere] Carl saying a man not to sell his blood. We had so many theories on this one as well, remember? We’ve been tricked: it meant nothing. Again.
14) [Leads nowhere] Renault’s new prostitution bussiness. Remember that floor sweeping and a phone call about prostitutes? Another boring thing that we endured because we thought it meant something. No. Nope. Niet. Nada. It really was five minutes of floor sweeping.
15) [Underwhelming] Naido and Wally. Let me get this straight: Wally did absolutely nothing to save the day. Nothing. Zero. Niet. Nada. Also, nobody wanted to kill Naido; BOB ignores her as he attacks Cooper and Freddie. She turns into Diane for no reason (Cooper does nothing to accomplish this). Why would Mr. C. trap Diane inside the Purple Room? How did he have access to it?
16) [Leads nowhere] Jerry Horne. I read online theories about where Jerry was going to end up, or who he was going to encounter, that were so much more entertaining than what we actually got. So he just ends up in Wyoming naked. Ok. Who cares, again?
17) [Leads nowhere] Beverly. She has a dying husband and is in love with Ben. Ok. So what? Uneventful.
18) [Leads nowhere] Andy meeting with Billy. I think this is part of Audrey’s world, but who could be sure? Anyway, it means nothing and ties into nothing. Same goes for the ‘has anybody seen Billy?’ thing.
19) [Unresolved] Chet Desmond. Who cares about him? Fuck him! Non-existance!
20) [Leads nowhere] Sarah freaking out at the supermarket. One more example of a cool scene that we were sure meant something, but not really. It could mean anything, or nothing. Who cares? Certainly not Lynch.
I could add more in the future.
Also, let me add some personal, controversial opinions:
- The ‘Dougie experience’ now seems even more pointless and fustrating, in retrospective. We were patiently waiting because we thought that it was building to a big return of Cooper to Twin Peaks. But now that all is said and done it seems like Lynch didn’t want Cooper in the show at all. He is present for only a few minutes only to be transformed again into someone else. Lynch didn’t want Cooper in the show, period.
- Sarah being so evil as to destroy Laura’s portrait is the more depressing and dark way to end this story. (I’m sure there won’t be a 4th season; nobody will pay for it.) It seems to me as if Lynch himself would be smashing the Twin Peaks mythos forever.
- I hate time travelling and parallel universes. I am a fan of comic-books, but anytime a character goes back in time to undo events, I’m like ‘OH FUCK HERE WE GO AGAIN’. And now I had to eat a fucking time travelling story in the most unexpected and inconvenient place. Not amused.
- Cooper ends up in an even darker place than at the end of S2. I’m telling you: Lynch hates Twin Peaks, Cooper and Audrey Horne; and even moreso, he hates its fans. It’s the only sensible explanation.