Just finished watching Episode 6.
Mixed, but ultimately disappointed.
Tired of the Dougie scenes by now - but found the opening sequences bearable and even interesting.
Kyle is playing this role great, but it felt like "enough already" a couple of episodes ago.
I think Watts is doing a great job with her role too. But, again, enough of this storyline - it needs major progression.
I loved the short Albert scene, finally picking up from Episode 4. As he was walking into the bar, I thought "oh wow, if this is Diane in here, this is going to be the best episode yet!"
- And it WAS Diane. And it IS Laura Dern (like many of us expected). Yay!
No, this was not the best episode yet. This scene wasn't followed up on at all this time around. They're REALLY milking/dragging this. They could have at least given us a bit of dialogue or an extended follow-up to this scene after this.
Anyway, I was optimistic as the episode progressed, and when we saw the trailer park, Carl, and the Double R again, I thought I was right - that this would be the best episode yet - with all these TP-set scenes. But they didn't really go anywhere imo and still feel disconnected.
Nice to see Shelly/Heidi.
And we saw the big scene that was reported early on from spoilers.
But none of it made a huge impression on me - though I do wonder how this young Horne (who, by the way, no longer seems quite so menacing as in the previous episode after his scene with Balthazar Getty, but does seem psychotic) will get away with something like this in such a small town. And obviously the teacher who witnessed it will be key.
Of the remaining scenes in TP, I liked that Hawk finally figured out the indian mystery - were those diary pages? and who put them there? the one-armed man from the time he was sitting in that stall in the old series? or Annie? - and it was interesting to learn a little bit more about the new Sherriff Truman's backstory.
All the other stuff - including the little scary guy and Las Vegas scenes - just felt like more "MD"-style fodder to me. I'm sure it will all connect somehow, but I'm not that invested in these side stories.
All in all, I don't think this was a great episode, but like the previous episode, a couple of standout scenes and a couple of promising ones. I reiterate that I think airing this once a week due to the narrative style and glacial pace is a big mistake. There should be at least 2 episodes a week, but more and more I feel uploading all of this at once would have been better, as it is increasingly beginning to feel like one long movie we're watching in chunks.
I can't say I'm loving it - it shows some signs of picking up pace now and again, but then it back peddles too. I miss all the old characters and more stuff in the town. But, leaving all that aside, I just think the pace is way too slow. Interested to read all your thoughts now!