You know, there's a few intriguing aspects of Part 18 that I think I'll enjoy discussing/analysing from a more critical or academic standpoint, but - like much of this season - I didn't enjoy it while I was watching it. I was disappointed in the complete lack of story resolution to so many threads (and yes, I know, maybe that's the point). But I stand by what I said earlier. That I found it, aside from all of that, aside from all expectations, just dull to watch. And not because of the lack of plot momentum. I loved Episode 29 and was so enthralled and thrilled by its strangeness and otherworldliness that I didn't care about plot momentum. But Part 18 .... I just didn't find any of that last hour (aside from a few tiny intriguing tidbits - the horse ornament, the diner called Judy's, the mention of Richard/Linda/Chalfonts/Tremonds).
I reserve the right to re-evaluate it at a later stage when I've had time to rewatch and it's not so late. (It's very late here.)
I enjoyed Part 17 (though not so much the Bob battle bit) and what I "think" that part was trying to do. I'm starting to wonder if 17 was presenting an absurd, over the top retcon to the story - playing with expectations of being both touching and infuriating ("look how touching it is that Cooper is stepping back in time to save Laura but how dare they discard the original premise!") and then 18 completely blasted that by having Cooper possibly alienating himself and Laura into another (realm? dimension?). I also sort of like, thinking back on it, how anti-finale it was - stripping back everything, almost all the characters, locations, story. But emotionally and visually, I just felt really dejected. Also, it's so hard to attempt to critique anything by Lynch because as soon as you do, you're told that's the point, go watch something else, yada yada yada. Anyway, I just found Part 18 boring for the most part, not at all suspenseful or visually stunning. I'm all for weird and impenetrable, but it just felt cold and meandering. Anyway, I'm going to chalk this one down as something I need to rewatch before I say more.
Looking back on the series as a whole, is anyone who does love this series disappointed by the lack of more resolution, though, to Sarah Palmer, Audrey, and Becky at the very least? And what about Leland Palmer only getting two lines "Find Laura"? Where the Palmers are concerned, I still think that behind the scenes feature shot for the blu-ray that Lynch scripted offered a lot more insight and depth to their characters than this entire series. It just seems like a strange choice to go from something like that to almost completely disregarding their characters in this series. But then again, yes, maybe that's the point too. Especially if this is all meant to be some sort of dream.
Ok. Sleep-deprived rant/gut reaction over. It's late so signing off. At the very least, I'm glad to see the show trending for so many hours on Twitter (it's been trending all day almost!) and I'm always up for more TP/Lynch, even when I'm disappointed, so would be happy to hear Season 4 or another movie is in the works, whether we get resolution or not.