20th Jun2017

‘Twin Peaks 3×07’ Review

by Paul Metcalf


Twin Peaks so far has been moving at a steady pace, welcoming us back to the world of Twin Peaks, and keeping us questioning when things would really get moving. This week, we get to see an old reunion, an attempted assassination, and more signs that things never change in the little town of Twin Peaks.

This week, Diane (Laura Dern) comes face to face with evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) raising more questions than providing real answers. Dougie and Janey-E (Naomi Watts) have an encounter at the Lucky 7 offices which show that Agent Cooper may not be so dormant after all.

In this episode of Twin Peaks, we finally see some movement in the main story, as the evil Cooper puts his plans into action. Before that happens though he has a confrontation with Diane which may be some of the best scenes we’ve seen in Twin Peaks.

The anticipation around this actually happening comes from the fact that Diane is the one person who knows Cooper best, and she confirms what we already know, and that is that this Cooper is not the Agent Cooper the FBI are searching for. What is more interesting though is what Cooper reveals about the last time they ever met.

The revelation that something took place between Diane and Cooper raises interesting questions, because it was something that seemingly pushed Diane away from the FBI. It also appears to have damaged her character, creating a shielded and very tough person who won’t take any crap from anybody, especially from Albert (Miguel Ferrer) and Gordon (David Lynch). What we see in her encounter with Cooper though is fear. This makes for a very intense scene where you can break the tension with a knife.

Dougie’s encounter with the assassin is interesting because the zombie like shell that is Dougie finally comes to life. The disarming he does on his assailant is a move you would expect from Agent Cooper, and it is safe to assume that this means that the good Cooper is on his way back, or at least trying. There is still no sign when this will be of course, we just get the little tease that when danger hits, Cooper will be there to save the day.

What we get in this seventh episode of Twin Peaks is exactly what we want from the show, and it never really makes any mistakes. It is interesting that there is no band at the end, but we do find that Renault (Walter Olkewicz) is still up to his old tricks. We also get to see Jerry Horne (David Patrick Kelly) still stealing the scenes he is in, this time stuck out in the woods a little too high. There is also reference to how Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn) survived the bank incident.

Twin Peaks is easily the best television show right now, and this episode just confirms it. With the way it ends, it is fair to say that things will move a little faster now. With the tease that the two Coopers could possibly meet soon, will that be how the old Cooper will finally return? It is safe to say that by now we know, things will never run smoothly with Twin Peaks, and we’ll just have to wait until Lynch decides to give us what we want.

***** 5/5

Twin Peaks Season Three airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK on Mondays.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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