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  1. Here's a quick theory on the end of episodes 17-18. In episode 17 when Cooper's face superimposes against the screen it represents a split in time. We are allowed to see one of these splits play out with Cooper going back to the lodge with the purpose of fulfilling his plan to save Laura and find Judy (two birds-one stone). Going into the lodge he remembers the Fireman's clues (430, Richard and Linda, Two birds one stone). He eventually travels (as Cooper) the 430 miles to some rip in time. When he enters the rip in time, he and Diane split. This is evidenced by Diane seeing another image of herself and the fact that at the hotel Cooper says things could change. In the hotel, we no longer are seeing Cooper - it is Richard. Richard doesn't remember the things the Giant told him, this is why he is so baffled by the note left in the morning. He only has a vague memory of himself, and some conditioned objective to find "Laura Palmer". We see Richard's personality change in the hotel, because he is a different person. Eventually they wind up at Laura's house and the ending. What we don't see, is that "Richard", conditioned to find Judy, and having already found Laura, will continue to lose his identity as Cooper and end up being Mr. C who will go back into the lodge and become Mr. C. Mr. C who has a conditioned need to find Judy for some unknown reason, which is a remnant of Cooper's original plan.
  2. I wonder if there's any chance we get Truman back. That would be amazing.
  3. That episode made me feel good in so many places!!!
  4. During that long build up walking Mr. C to Philip Jefferies I was hoping against hope that Lynch had somehow gotten a few moments of the Goblin King.
  5. I think you're right with it being a push button.
  6. Re: use of rotary phone by Audrey's husband. Jane-E used a yellow rotary phone in their kitchen back in episode 2 or 3.
  7. Few quick thoughts/questions: The scene with Gordon, Tammy, Albert and Diane was so Red Room. Who was was in the house with Sarah Palmer? Was as a good bit of the Dr. Amp scene a replay of the first? Good of to see Audrey, but didn't follow any of the dialogue. Still completely lost on the story.
  8. I don't believe I've torn anyone down. I've put my opinion out there to be challenged and taken the opportunity to engage other opinions. I'm fine if you like the show.
  9. It's a fair point, but I fully acknowledge my judgment could change. I'm just expressing my frustration to this point.
  10. But there is a difference between someone having full creative control over the entire run of something, being able to start and finish where they choose, over and against a show having an unsatisfactory ending because a network decided to cancel. If we just get a ton of loose ends because Lynch doesn't care or has no interest in bringing them to conclusion than that would be incredibly disappointing. It's the same thing Lost has been eviscerated for.
  11. I'm kind of ambivalent on Lynch. I respect his work, but I can't say I'm a huge fan. I enjoyed Blue Velvet and Mullholand Dr. I think for a television series, my sensibilities prefer Lynch in smaller quantities, perhaps that's why I enjoyed the original series because it didn't give him carte blanche. I think I prefer his work in cinema more than this, maybe that's because I have the full context of the work. I might feel better had the series been released all at once.
  12. I get that some are excited by the unpredictable nature of the show. But does that come with an expectation that all these threads will eventually come toegether or are you ok if they are just left dangeling?
  13. Yes, we all have opinions. But there is a distinction between my personal taste vs. something that has impact in some way which could be describe as "great" For example, one doesn't have to personally enjoy Citizen Kane (I do) to recognize its artistic significance and say that it's great. Alexander the Great doesn't have to be "great" in that he was a swell guy, but his cultural impact and influence are difficult to argue against. My issue with Lynch in general, and this season in particular, are that a good bit of the analysis I've read (not here) tend to be effusively complimentary and generally uncritical. I desperately want to love this season. I'm willing to give wide license to the creators. I do anticipate each week hoping something will click. It just hasn't. If it doesn't, so be it. If retrospective critical analysis of the show identifies enough relevance to deem it "great" than I can acknowledge that while simultaneously saying I didn't personally like it.
  14. I agree that Lynch and Frost didn't need this. However, just because it's their vision, or that its unconventional, or "Lynchian" (if that has any real meaning) doesn't necessarily make it great.
  15. Well, the response from Lost was a bit snarky as well. The observation that this season has been a jumbled mess in need of either an editor, fewer episodes, or both is a valid observation IMO. It's not having "your cake and eating it to" to expect some structure. We may not get it, but it's not unreasonable to want that in place. We can have differing opinions without being insulting to one another.
  16. LOL. I thought it was just me. My wife is a master at this and it drives me up a wall.
  17. Actually, unless I'm misreading your statement, that's not the content, it's the experience of the content. The artifact is the show. My experience is the reaction, either good, bad or indifferent. And sure there can be "value" in what is presented. That value can be that the show has illuminated that despite what I previously thought, I'm coming to realize I don't care for Lynch in complete control. Value also doesn't necessarily equate to a satisfying Twin Peaks experience which for me, to this point, it has not been.
  18. Thanks for this response. There are things I do enjoy about the show which is why I continue to watch each week. IMO, this season has lost the equilibrium of the surreal and character driven narrative the original balanced so nicely.
  19. Like any reasonable person would just accept that bs. Just awful writing and direction.
  20. Groan. That may have been the laziest, most obnoxious moment in the history of the series.
  21. I disagree. Even though the original two season run had levels of quality, it had a series of progressive narratives and cohesion around the town and its characters. This has none of that. It's Lynch remaking Dumbland with TP characters as special guest stars. I don't include the books as part of or necessary to the show.
  22. I think that's fair and I respect that opinion. My only issue would be if that's the take away than it's really not Twin Peaks. It's something different Lynch wants to do using Twin Peaks to sell it.
  23. Can anyone say with confidence what the purpose of all this is? What is the show? Is it the non-investigation in Buckhorn? You'd think there'd be an APB and nationwide manhunt for Mr. C. Instead, the team just bumbles along receiving incredible events (randomly exploding heads, interdimensional vortexes, escaped psychopaths) in a muted, nonplussed way. "Wow, that was kind of weird. What's for lunch?" Is it Mr. C? Or Ray? Or Phillip Jeffries? Zero clue or motivation into any of these elements in weeks. Return of Dougie? That longing look into the distance appeared like he remembers. It's so much different from the same look we've gotten the past 8 episodes. Almost there. Roll eyes. How about the TP PD? Kid gets run over, various women beaten, illegal drug trafficking. Ho hum. This map though. Now we're talking. Is it the countless connections people make about the show from nothing? Wow, those kids were throwing a ball. The ball represents Laura's orb. We throw her around, but can never receive her essence. Lynch is a genius. Lets just rename this show The Mitchum Brothers. They seem to be getting the most screen time at this point. Things we learned this week: Shelly is still an idiot and continues to hate herself. No one knows how to ask the next, most obvious question (i.e. Why yes Hawk, I need to know exactly what that bug thing on the map is. Please explain in explicit detail) Carl Rodd enjoys Super Mario Bros. 3. Captain Tripps has infected some kid in a car without much reaction. Dougie learns a single adjective. What is the story here folks?
  24. I'm really trying to like this but I can't. The bar has been set so low narratively that any glimpse of story, no matter how small, are received as a revelation. The show is just a collection of oddly and frustratingly paced vignettes featuring a few characters we know acting in incoherent ways. Sure, some of the scenes taken in bits are unsetteling or humorous, but as a whole they are unsatisfying. It's a series that needed fewer episodes and a good, disciplined editor. Any other other director besides Lynch would be deservingly ripped to pieces. I'm hoping this comes together at some point, but I need more than Dougie saying "damn fine" to get excited. This is not Twin Peaks.