Random thoughts after a rewatch...
Probably just a coincidence, but in the last shot of Richard exploding, something that looks a lot like the little gold "seed" balls falls downward from where he is, off the rock to the ground. It's probably just a stray spark, but it looks more solid and rounded than the other sparks to me.
So, for all those bitching about the "product placement" that isn't actually product placement, we finally got a lazy knock-off/lookalike product just like back in the '90s TV days: Chantal is eating "Crunch-zzz" with a blatant Cheetos ripoff design.
The end of the Hutchenses reminded me a lot of the first scene with Mark Pellegrino's assassin character in MD: an assassin (or duo of them) encounters a Murphy's Law scenario involving run-ins with innocent civilians that ends up devolving into disaster and absurdist dark comedy. This scene wasn't as brilliant in the one in MD, but I love when DKL plays up the Absurd Mystery of the Strange Forces of Existence. Not every storyline pays off, just as in real life.
I'm slightly more ambivalent about the end of Richard. Unlike the Hutchenses, who were silly sidebar characters from the get-go, Richard has serious implications for several of our main characters which weren't really paid off meaningfully...and, at his best-worst self in certain scenes, he was possibly the most promising villain on the new show (and arguably the most interesting new character overall). The death scene itself was moody and nicely executed, but I'm very curious to see how Richard (the circumstances of his conception and his shitty actions while alive) play into whatever is coming in the finale. Cooper has a lot to deal with regarding the last 25 years and what his Doppel has done...and Audrey is pretty clearly headed for some form of reckoning. I can't imagine Richard not being a part of all this, even if he's only mentioned as opposed to seen. Ben's reference that Richard didn't have a father seems significant, and I wonder if Dale will somehow feel some guilt. Was he aware of the Doppel's actions while in the Lodge?
Randall Headley's verbal abuse of the poor hapless Wilson is hysterical (calling him a son of a bitch, completely unprovoked).
Audrey has a ring on her right middle finger while dancing that bears a resemblance to the Owl Cave ring -- tough to get a good luck since the lighting is dim and she's constantly moving her arms. Was she wearing this in the earlier scenes?
Also in the column of of "likely a coincidence": Hutch mentions a Sammy he owed money to who died; Frank had Sammy look at Doris's dad's car.
The loss of Tulpa-Diane (and the potential significance of Diane as a meta-concept if the Dianagrams theory holds water) got me picturing W@H-era Dern in the role during the original series. God, she was young. Which in turn got me thinking...I'm not one to take the tie-in books as gospel (I view them as soft canon -- happy when the show brings them in as full canon, but also cheerfully favor the filmed material as the "reality" when there are contradictions). But it's worth noting, since this episode appeared to canonize some version of Coop/Diane's consensual romantic encounter from MLMT, that Laura Dern would have been 10 in 1977 when Coop was first assigned Diane in MLMT!
Did Albert even have a line in this Part? He's become positively taciturn! Who'da thought?
I like Vedder's song more and more as I listen to it on loop. As I said, the tune isn't particularly Peaksy, but the lyrics bear nicely on the themes of aging and loss of identity. Dean Hurley said Vedder wrote the song specifically for the series, and he apparently hasn't released it for download or sale, so I wonder why he released it as a youtube streaming video so many months before the show aired? Woulda been cool if the series itself was the "world premiere." (Hurley also noted that Dern was the one who introduced DKL to Vedder and suggested him for the Roadhouse.)
Also a slightly weird point: the MC announces Severson, who does one song, then cedes the stage to "Audrey's Dance." So he dropped by the Roadhouse to play a one-song set!
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