This was a redeeming conclusion to the story that started to go astray during Season 2. (Yeah I know, that's blasphemy!) But it really brought it all home for me.
Two consecutive utterances in the sheriff's station were heavily loaded:
01) "Cooper... Cooper..."
He isn't just taking it all in, but thinking about the paper in the Garland Briggs capsule, and wondering if this is the Good Dale or not.
02) "In the flesh."
Yes, this is Cooper's flesh (and nothing more), and I'm in it.
Well I've got plenty to share regarding my impressions of the finale but for now, I'd like to respond to some of what's been posted.
N. Needleman wrote:I get how she feels, but I don't think she can fault the performance in the finale for being cut down. Cruise has always been a little bonkers.
I'm not gonna deny it. Declining to feature the entire song seems strange considering that every other band was given that. She's the "original Roadhouse singer" and is strongly associated with the show, so to showcase several unexciting new acts and let them have the stage, then feature her as a brief excerpt behind the credits, is puzzling.
mtwentz wrote:What does everyone think of Coop's Great Northern key opening the boiler room door down below? That to me is another indication that everything is a dream. His Great Northern key should not open that door in the 'real world'.
But, we've become so invested in everything that happened. Could this really be the case? I'm still grappling with the ending...
rugerblackhawk357 wrote:twin peaks is stupid
Twin Peaks is smart.
nonemoreblack wrote:That's why I have trouble completely blaming Cooper. It seemed like he was following what the Lodge spirits wanted him to do, so it wasn't only a case of him taking a giant risk because of his obsession with Laura.
A "giant risk", you say?
bastia wrote:You know what kept me thinking in this night of ours?
In FWWM Judy's is in Seattle. In episode 18 it is in Odessa.
It could be taken to imply that, much like the convenience store, it gets around. But it's probably just a chain restaurant.
Hercousin wrote:I'm feeling depressed because although the mysterious end leaves me satisfied that none of the core mystery was changed or even explained, everything that came before is a harsh fluorescent light over my face in a mirror. Did you really think you could just go back, wrap yourself in a fair isle cardigan and everything would be ok again? That you'd be a kid again when that gum you like came back in style?
Dammit... This had me covered in goose bumps. So on point.
Further reflection not directly related to Part 18:
During my recent rewatch of the first two seasons -- which began to overlap The Return -- I found the Windom Earle character and storyline to be sort of embarrassingly bad. It felt so banal and immature compared with everything that had come before it.
Similarly, the Annie storyline was a bit difficult. I found it heartwarming way back when I originally watched the show and beyond, but during this rewatch, the lack of depth really jumped out at me. They seem to fall in love in the space of a few days. Maybe I'm just jealous, but it seemed rushed, and inauthentic.
Not to mention, Annie didn't seem like the kind of girl that Cooper would fall for when you consider his reasons for rejecting Audrey. She seemed inexperienced and a bit childlike even, and regardless of her backstory, she lacked a certain dynamism that was written all over Audrey. Mystery, I suppose, didn't seem to be there. Audrey seemed like the kind of woman that would always challenge and stimulate, always be there for an adventure. Annie struck me as an undeveloped character, portrayed as nowhere near as "emotionally intelligent" as Audrey.
These are just a few things that highlight how strong The Return is, and how it put the Peaks back into a story that had lost its way.