I don't disagree but the alternate timeline trope feels intuitively cheap and even slightly insulting in that it disregards the time viewers/readers spent with the material, most likely trusting it to at least maintain internal consistency
i don't see why. It is pretty clear from the last couple of episodes that the idea here is that there is not one version, there are versions, that twin peaks and it's people is like a story generating machine for lynch/frost, but those stories do not have to be consistent with each other, and some can be vaguely realistic while others can be obviously made up. I don't call this an alternate timeline.
I think it comes from a very free attitude to representation, that you are not tied one particular way of doing things, or one kind of emotional tone, or one particular media. If in an art class you told 15 people to draw a picture of a crow, they would all come up with different things, but they would still all be recognisably a crow. They would not have to ' maintain internal consistency' beyond reference to the subject matter. Another way of putting it would be, if you told 15 different bands to cover the same song, etc.
I am guessing that this is the sort of angle Lynch/ Frost are coming from, they realised they did not have to tell stories that all belonged on the same linear timeline, and even that they could tell the same story in different ways or from different POV's, and it freed them up, all they had to do was connect everything loosely back to Twin Peaks and tell some new stories about some of the old characters. Yes, it is unconventional given the usual format of TV Drama. But then people don't go to Lynch for the conventional, they go to be surprised. I spent most of this series really not knowing what was going to happen next. That is very rare for a TV show. I can't see this as a bad thing, even if it did mess with my expectations abit
I will be pretty interested to hear more about the way this was put together when one or both of them gets round to doing interviews. Answers to specific loose end plot threads ( what happens to audrey? etc) is the last thing I will expect either of them to try and answer. Although it would be funny - and 'consistent' - if they both said different things.