Re: Hawley, Fargo Season 1/2 are fantastic. Season 3 is messy and all over the place, dropping motifs (bye social media and bridge motifs, you were fun for three episodes) on a whim, and time jumping to escape plot issues, repetitive villain beats ("Enter room, pontificate, do something despicable or disgusting while the other characters are too afraid to act, finish pontificating, leave scene" - describes every Varga scene). But, I adore Season 1/2 and think they're some of the best seasons of television of the decade. Lucy in the Sky was .. messy, I saw it at TIFF, but, Hawley had a real style over substance problem (random aspect ratio shifts that say and mean nothing other than 'this frame looks nice' rather than matching the title character's mindset). It's a movie that actually plays best when it's just trying to be a character drama, and all the flashy shit just gets in the way. For a good 50 minutes in the middle though it really clicks, but, it fails to capitalize and takes way too long to get going.
On the topic of 'would you be alright if Lynch didn't direct all of it?'
I would. If there's a strong show bible, and Lynch is given the .. well, most important and Lynch-y stuff, as happened on Season 1/2. Television directors have only gotten stronger over the past 25+ years. I look at something like Mindhunter and see very well how Fincher's voice was carried beautifully by the rest of the directors, to the point where you almost forget he didn't actually direct the whole thing himself. Season 1 I thought did a very good job of maintaining his voice across the season, and something like Duwayne Dunham's episode slots in beautifully between two Lynch episodes (hell, unless I'm mistaken, isn't the 'Damn fine cup of coffee' scene in Dunham's episode? Or am I mistaken? I haven't looked at an episode break down in ages).
I have a ton of issues with pretty much the entirety of Season 2 (even, dare I say, the Lynch episodes that aren't 'Lonely Souls' and the finale ..) however, so, I can understand why people are gunshy about the idea of others' directing (and even morseo, writing, which is where the show really went off the rails).
If others directed with Lynch's blessing and his hands on involvement as producer (i.e., not completely checked out of the show)? Sure, why not, if he feels they can make a good show then I won't disagree. If he wants to direct ever hour again and give us more of his work? Even better and preferable. Hell, I think I even said as such way back when Lynch was briefly off the project (I was of the 'I'd still like to see it even if Lynch doesn't come back to direct, because he was involved in the writing' mindset). If they pulled in some of the great television directors of today, and gave them the stylistic parameters to work within (as with Season 1), I think it could work out fine. It's the Red Room/Mauve Room/Part 8 stuff that feels wholly stylistically inimitable that Lynch would need to do personally (i.e., no "what happened to Josie, Coop!?" BOB stuff). I think the only work I've seen that has kind of matched the dream logic he runs on is small segments of The Leftovers (no, not International Assassin, which feels too literary ... literal .. "written" (not sure how to describe it), but rather something like 'Theroux sings Homeward Bound', which works on on a pure instinctive level. Hell, even the damn co-creator of Twin Peaks had a hard time trying to emulate Lynch's instincts (see the original S2 finale script, which also feels too, for lack of better words, literary/literal/"written").
But, as others said, if more is made he's definitely doing it himself, and honestly setting up the production to use multiple directors might be more trouble than it's worth. But, it might even be a good thing as it could free up Lynch to focus on the most important segments. We all saw how frustrated and rushed for time he was on the Return: I think there could be a benefit to him spending less of his time on the procedural scenes and more time tinkering away in the Fireman's house.
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