Twin Peaks Season 3 will baffle and delight - first spoiler-free reviews

  • Twin Peaks Season 3 will baffle and delight - first spoiler-free reviews

Twin Peaks Season 3 will baffle and delight - first spoiler-free reviews

The premiere ends with a small concert performance by Chromatics that, like much of "Twin Peaks" itself, resembles the iconic Lynchian style of "Blue Velvet" (1986). So many characters are slated to appear over this new show's run that it hardly seems to spoil anything to mention just a few: Businessman Ben Horne and his brother, Jerry, as well as receptionist Lucy, Deputy Andy and the mystic Log Lady all show up in the first two episodes; and the federal agents played by David Duchovny, Miguel Ferrer and Lynch himself show up in the next two.

The granddaddy of "surreal-ity TV" is back, as "Twin Peaks" returned with a two-hour premiere that laid the groundwork for this 18-episode revival - again defined more by director David Lynch's trademark eccentricities than its tangled web of a plot.

That includes, most importantly, Agent Dale Cooper. If we've learned anything from Lynch, it's that asking too many questions will only frustrate you, and that if you expect some fast-paced answers, you should probably be watching a different TV show.

Cooper, as fans know, originally came to Twin Peaks to solve Palmer's murder with the help of the town's Sheriff, Harry S. Truman. He appears to have aged remarkably little, sitting in front of the classic red curtains with his feet planted firmly on that zig-zag black and white tile that has haunted our nightmares for two and a half decades.

And in Twin Peaks, Wash.? Asked how he and Frost collaborated, Lynch spun a fairy tale about rounding a mountain, entering a deep forest and then going through the woods until "the trees began to thin". It only showed us a handful of favorite characters, and then only briefly and inscrutably.

As Agent Cooper was journeying out of the Black Lodge toward reality in episode 3, he encountered the spectre of Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine) in some new extra-dimensional space.

In 2016 Mr Hazel travelled to North Bend, Washington - where much of the series was filmed - for the annual three-day Twin Peaks Festival. Twin Peaks's first go-round catalyzed fans by using the tools of surrealism to tell a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking story. As a result, the last thing we saw from Twin Peaks was an unresolved cliffhanger. When one of those cameras fills up its memory card, the young man replaces it and stores the original. By now it's been 26 years since that episode aired, and here we are again, back in Twin Peaks. While in the red room, Cooper - still dapper in his dark suit, his hair neatly trimmed though he's 25 years older - encounters other figures from the past, all speaking in that backwards way that's standard for the Black Lodge. An inexplicable exchange takes place and Cooper fuzzes out of existence. We eventually find out, after some very long and deliberate scenes of staring, that the man is being paid by a mysterious billionaire to watch and see if the box "catches something". Here, we learn that Cooper went missing soon after he returned from that unusual place, though we soon see there are multiple Dales roaming about.

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In a series of creepy visual effects, a spindly tree-like thing says that Cooper's doppelganger has to come back before Cooper can go out, and then Cooper seems to be in the glass box in NY.