mtwentz wrote:I on the other hand, like the Red Room much better this time. The old one needed some updating.
More importantly, what is going on in the Red Room in The Return is also more interesting to me. Episode 29 was great for its day, but a lot of it frankly felt like a last curtain call for characters like Leland, Laura, Maddy, Senor Droolcup. It was done in a fun way, but it still feels like filler in some spaces (at least up to the point until the doppelgangers come in).
In this new Twin Peaks, however, there is not a wasted moment in the Red Room.
Interesting to see how different everyone's opinions are. I'm glad you're liking it, but I think the best thing I can say about the new red room is that I guess it does suit the overall look of the new series. But I still think it's a major disappointment. And not just because overall I preferred the look and feel of the original series. Simply because I think the original red room was mysterious and otherworldly and this one does not give me those feelings at all.
The first time we see the red room is the original 25 years in the future (episode 2?), the floor there is covered with dust as if anything barely moved there in the preceding 25 years. The episode 29 has a very clean, pristine floor. This kind of detail simply shows what kind of superior thinking went into the original series. Compare that to what we seemingly have now, watching the paint dry.
Furthemore, something that bugged me too, is that Cooper and Philip Gerard move through the lodge now as if they were in a video game, their walk looked very cartoonish, for a moment it felt like watching Super Mario go for it.
Compare that to how Cooper walked in episode 29.
I did notice it had a video game look and vibe to it - and yes, very much like an 80's video game or Super Mario - but didn't notice the walking specifically. Maybe that contributed subconsciously to my feeling on it though!
Really, more than anything, I hate how bright it is in there - and the new curtains.
The old series Red Room only seemed more otherworldly because it was visited so infrequently. I agree that the finale was curtain calls (pun intended) for it: there was nothing more to do with it, Lynch had used up every trick in the book to maximise its space and layout.
I also disagree that the new one looks more fake. The old Red Room was clearly, visibly a set. It was brilliant because it was uncanny, but you could tell where the seams where - at times you could almost even feel where the lights were (like when the MFAP dances and the light from the flash strobes is almost in shot).
The new one, with its digital sheen, is just what we needed. It also creates an unnerving, uncanny sensation because of the digitisation of it - it's hard to know where real starts and fake begins. It is definitely very 21st century, but at the same time to me feels like a natural progression and necessary.