Hansel Bosch

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  1. If that's true, then Kyle MacLachlan played no less that six versions of Cooper this season! 1. Passive Cooper trapped in the red room 2. Mr. C 3. The "real" Dougie Jones 4. Cooper trapped in Dougie's body 5. The returned Dale Cooper 6. The Cooper/Mr. C amalgam you mentioned If nothing else, MacLachlan has done a fantastic job this season differentiating between these characters. (Personally, I hate the idea that the good Cooper, the boy scout Cooper from the first two seasons , was not the real one, and is replaced with the somewhat morose and confused Cooper we saw in Episode Eighteen. But the finale certainly implies that's what happened, at least in whatever alternate reality has ended up in.) EDIT: Maybe there are actually seven versions of Cooper! The second tulpa greeted by Janey-E, created by "good" Cooper from his hair, may be different from the tulpa created from Dark Cooper.
  2. It was also a Mark Frost joint, which often seems to be forgotten. But I think for Episode 18 Frost was told he was not really needed... I really doubt that will answer many questions, or any at all. Like The Secret History, I think The Final Dossier will deal with characters and events peripheral to the main story line. Could be wrong, but I doubt it.
  3. I was one of the few people who watched the first two seasons of Twin Peaks when they originally aired up to the very end, long after a lot of other people abandoned the show. I remember immediately after the credits rolled on the season two finale feeling drained, empty, slightly depressed, and not sure if I wanted to watch anything Twin Peaks related ever again. Who would have thought that 25-plus years later I would feel almost exactly the same way after the end of Episode Eighteen. I came to appreciate that season two finale for what it was, and today would not want a single thing changed from it. Maybe one day I will feel that way about the end of season three. Certainly, all summer I have been praising The Return for not being a safe, easy nostalgia piece, so maybe I'm a bit of a hypocrite for wanting something a little different from what we got. I never expected it to wrap everything up in a nice bow, but the three-way hit of having an ending that was a cliffhanger, utterly confusing, and deeply depressing, all at the same time, has completely drained me. Maybe I will feel better after a few days of discussion and theories.
  4. That's what I was initially thinking, until I remembered Billy is usually short for William, not Richard (thank god). As with the rest of this series, there is a strong sense of discontinuity from scene to scene, a relic of the fact that most of these stories were shot as separate chunks and then edited together to make episodes that don't always fit together perfectly. For example, with all the talk about the the Richard Horne manhunt earlier in the episode, it's bizarre that the first Audrey scene has no mention of any of that (presuming Richard is her son, or at least a close relation). Instead, she's talking about looking for a completely different character who has gone missing. Strange!
  5. With all due respect, people have been saying this for weeks, especially after episodes nine and ten where it seemed like the plot threads were coming together. And this week we had essentially no movement on Dougie Jones, no appearance of Bad Coop, no sense of motion on things coming together. The Sarah Palmer scenes were great, but a lot of the rest of this episode was suddenly introducing or name-dropping a whole lot of new or marginal characters. Billy? Tina? Charlie? Natalie? Abbie? Angela? Clark? Mary? Trick?
  6. I'm sure, for years after this series has aired, fans like us will be creating highly detailed timelines trying to figure out the order and structure of season three...
  7. Another great episode! I haven't had a chance to listen to the latest podcast, but I do have a comment about pacing and structure on the show. As mentioned several times in the podcasts, this new series was apparently shot as a whole lot of separate blocks representing specific storylines. These were then pieced together to create the individual parts, possibly without a whole lot of thought to whether or not they create a cohesive single episode. This is why some weeks feel a little more disjointed then others (and why Lynch told us to watch it like an 18-hour movie). In Part Eleven, you can see a little of how these scenes don't always flow together perfectly. At the start of the episode, we see Miriam emerge from the trees. If we presume that those kids called the cops, should there not be a huge manhunt underway for Richard Horne? Even if she was not able to tell the police who her attacker was, you'd think the police would be mobilized and on alert. Yet later in the episode, none of the scenes with Bobby, Hawk, or Truman seem to address this. Later, Deputy not-Elijah Woods is at the scene of the RR shooting and traffic jam...and in the next scene is at the Sheriff's department asking Truman to look at his car. I'm not suggesting that any of these are plot holes, and for all we know many hours (or days!) could have passed between these various events. But it does add to a certain feeling of discontinuity. I'm sure the Miriam and Richard Horne storyline will be developed in future episodes, it just feels like individual scenes don't always fit together perfectly. This is not necessarily a complaint. That disjointed feeling may add to the general spookiness of the show, and the truly unique experience of watching it. However, in some of the lesser episodes - like, I would argue, Part Ten from last week - watching this new season almost feels like you are watching a whole lot of deleted scenes strung together (not unlike the Missing Pieces from Fire Walk With Me). With little connection or context, scenes stand out on their own without much flow. Here's Jerry Horne yelling at trees! Here's Candy acting spacey! Here's Dr. Amp on another rant! If you had told me last weeks episode was a bunch of deleted scenes from the Season Three DVD box set, I would have believed you.