I liked the part, but after all the wait, after all the digressions of Parts 9-15, a lot of it felt too predictable.
So yeah, Cooper is finally coming back, he's got to say goodbye to Janey-E in order to -- probably -- sacrifice himself, Bad Coop raped Diane... We were expecting to see and/or know all of this basically 10 parts ago. I mean, don't get me wrong : I loved the Dougie storyline, and IMO it's brilliant that it lasted so long. But if you want to subvert people expectations like Frost & Lynch did, you have to do it until the end. At this point, I was almost hoping that Coop would never get back : that was the only solution that made all this never-ending Dougie storyline worthwhile. Here, everything is finally ending up how you would expect since the beginning -- almost on a randomly way ("now you're awake !"). Therefore, a lot of the previous parts doesn't really seems necessary...
Now that being said, the part in itself was really good. And with only two parts left, I want to focus on what's next and not the flaws of the past. After all, the mere existence of season 3 is a miracle on itself, so !
- First, I loved the Chantal & Hutch killing. It sounded a bit like a continuation of Janey-E scene with the gangsters in Part 5, with the stressed suburban people being more dangerous/crazy than the real criminals. It felt also like an hommage to "Breaking Bad" (the set, the photography, the crazy bald guy). We know Lynch saw and liked it, so...
- It's strange and yet very stimulating how the show is really construct as a puzzle. Obviously that's not something really new from Lynch, but whereas it was on Mulholland Dr., INLAND EMPIRE, Lost Highway or even FWWM always presented on an intuitive level -- meaning that you didn't really have to "solve" the puzzle to understand emotionnally the film --, here it's really more something like "Lost", where you have to experience the show twice -- while watching it, then while deconstructing it -- to fully understand it.
I have to say, since I wasn't expecting this from Lynch, that I started approach the show that way only recently. The Jumping Man/Sarah Palmer shot, the Purple World's Mountain/Jack Rabbit's Palace parallel, and now obviously Diane/Naido... the show is more intellectual than intuitive than what I expected, and therefore I'm really looking to rewatch it !
- Sorry but Chrysta Bell is still awful. She had basically no lines this week and still I found all of her looks and attitudes unbearable. She will have remain a casting error until the end.
- I'm wondering what Coop has seen while he was on a coma. Maybe he was in the purple world... and we are probably going to see him in this world once again, because I think he's beginning to understand that his destiny is "non-existent"...
- The fact that, when Bad Coop is raping someone, he seems to be able to "poison" them, made me think of Blue Velvet, when Isabella Rossellini is screaming naked "he put his disease in me !". And the way Laura Dern, in the film, was looking at her was very similar of her look in her "death" scene from Part 16.
- Sherilyn Fenn's dance was beautiful. It felt like a reward, after all those demeaning lines with Charlie. It felt something like love, finally, coming from Lynch & Frost. And it's funny, for a character that's only came up in Part 12, and who's before that was such a taboo subject, that she's ending up more important than a lot of more promoted characters. If before Part 1, you would have told me that Fenn had more screen times than Madchen Amick or Amanda Seyfried, I would have never believed it !
- About that same scene, I'm going to quote two posts :
TPDpz wrote:-Were the other performers on the roadhouse performing with their own names? Why was Vedder using not his own? -> If the others used their real names then this should be an interpretation of not being part of reality.
Edward Louis Severson III IS Eddie Vedder's real name.
TheGum wrote:I haven't read past page 16 of this thread yet, but does anyone think "Billy" is Billy Zane? A dreamlike meta way for Audrey to pine for the one she loves wherever she has been trapped?
It's like Audrey is in a world behind representation, ie the fourth wall. It's not really something I believe Lynch would do, but there are strange recurrences pointing on that direction, like Gordon's dream where he's with the real Monica Belluci, and where he's like the real David Lynch, in Paris. "We're like the dreamer"... So maybe Audrey is outside the dream of Twin Peaks ?
"Who's the dreamer ?", asked Belluci looking at Cole, like she was looking at the dreamer himself, aka David Lynch. Maybe the last guest of the Roadhouse will be him singing, with auto-tune, "it's straaaaange, what love does !!!".
By the way, I was really thinking that Diane was going to kill Gordon when she was walking in the corridors (it reminded me of the scene where Gordon is seeing Laura Palmer while opening his door... like it was a warning for his own death to come). But it's like she CAN'T kill the dreamer. Maybe Gordon = The Giant = The Dreamer
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