dkenny78 wrote: I know that Lynch and Frost felt strongly about this not being a binge-show, but that philosophy feels somewhat at odds with the '18-hour movie' structure. If the show had more in common with traditional episodic TV, with each week offering a series of setups/payoffs, A-stories and B-stories, etc., I could understand that approach. But a sprawling, complex, challenging epic doled out over the course of 16 weeks might cause a lot of people to jump ship before they can see what we hope is a truly magnificent forest for the trees.
Yes, this is exactly what I thought upon seeing the new episodes. In fact, this to me seems the biggest issue of them all because I too find the show very difficult and frustrating and much of that has to do with being unable to assess it properly as it's been constructed as an 18 hour whole in which threads can develop slowly and attain coherence through that development later. It's an entirely different way to assess success and makes dong so via the current episodic output virtually impossible and meaningless.