22nd Aug2017

‘Twin Peaks 3×15’ Review

by Paul Metcalf


In this week’s Twin Peaks, we were given a journey through different emotions. Through happiness, love, sadness and despair, this was an episode to give any Twin Peaks fans major feels. It may also hint that next week we are finally getting what we want.

In this week’s episode, we get the nostalgia of a romance finally coming together. Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) meets with the Woodsmen to take a trip to see Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie), and we also say goodbye to a much-loved character.

At the beginning of the episode, it is hard to not get emotional for Ed Hurley (Everett McGill) who is finally put in a position where he can be with Norma (Peggy Lipton). It is in this moment that we see him truly give up on the relationship, and Lynch directs the scene perfectly. We get to feel that heart-breaking feel of abandonment, then of course the euphoria when everything comes right. Mark Frost and Lynch sure know how to press the fans buttons, and this is only the first example in an episode full of them.

One of the greatest mysteries of season 3 has been if we would see Phillip Jeffries, and would it be David Bowie? The answer is given this week, but in true Twin Peaks fashion it is done so in an ambiguous way. Although we did get to see Bowie in a flashback image, the voice of what Jeffries is now was voices by Nathan Frizzell who did a good job being the replacement.

While Evil Cooper doesn’t get what he wanted, he does pick up something on his return back to the real world, and that is Richard Horne (Eamon Farren) who confirms that Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn) is his mother. It is interesting that Richard tries to confront Cooper as being an FBI agent, only to be schooled like a petulant little child.

The sadness that has been mentioned comes in the form of the Log Lady’s (Catherine E. Coulson) last goodbye. In calling Hawk (Michael Horse) to let him know she is dying it allows the show to give her the perfect Twin Peaks goodbye. When Hawk lets people know that she has in fact died, you can’t help but feel that the tears and sadness were very real in the scene. This feels like Lynch’s way to allow the fans to be a part in the show’s goodbye.

When it comes to Dougie, he finally takes some action that could bring Agent Cooper back to the show. In hearing the name Gordon Cole on television something finally clicks, and it leads him to stick a fork into an electrical outlet. Not only does this give him an electric shock, but we already know that there is a connection between electricity, the outlet and where Cooper appears to be trapped. Will we see him next week?

At the end of the episode when we get another performance at the Roadhouse, we see the character Ruby (Charlyne Yi) crawling in tears through the crowd. Is this Lynch almost mocking the fans who have are still waiting for their favourite character to come back? Or could it simply be that Ruby is one of those pure characters finding themselves losing their position to the evil around them? I guess it is one of those things we have to work out for ourselves.

This week’s episode of Twin Peaks gave us everything we needed. It is bittersweet that we say goodbye to the Log Lady, and Catherine E. Coulson herself, but it is done in a beautiful way that is fitting to the character. We are now close to the end of season 3, and we will finally have the answers that Lynch and Frost want to give us. The real problem is of course, will we like what they choose to reveal?

***** 5/5

Twin Peaks airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic, apparently now on Tuesdays to make way for Game of Thrones. Though it can be watched on Demand on Mondays.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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