n the latest offering of The Return, Lynch mines a theme he has ‘returned’ to time and time again throughout his career – exposing the darkness that lurks beneath the surface and within us all. Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Inland Empire, Lost Highway…and of course Twin Peaks, are all ruminations on this same obsession. As I watched episode 6, I just kept thinking of the line in Blue Velvet when Kyle MacLachlan’s character Jeffrey Beaumont says tearfully, “Why is there so much trouble in this world?” Why indeed.
This is why we need heroes like Agent Cooper, to help guide us and stand as an inspiration that we are not really as irredeemable as we sometimes seem to be. So in the words of the one-armed man… wake up!
The town of Twin Peaks it seems has succumbed to the shadows even further since the death of Laura Palmer. Between the Trump-like rage spewed across the airwaves by Dr. Jacoby or the burgeoning drug problem that seems to have taken a stranglehold on its citizens. Peaks is a town in trouble. This insidious malaise is no better exemplified then when deranged creep Richard Horne (Eamon Farren) speeds over a small child with his truck. It’s a shocking scene. The child had been out in the park with his mother, playing some absurd Lynch-type game of hide and seek…or touch and go? Then along comes Horne, hopped up on nose candy…and well…au revoir, small innocent child. The reaction – or lack of reaction — of the gathering crowd is equally disturbing. They are zombies…encased in a psychic gelatin of ambivalence. They are rudderless.
Real Coop/Dougie is also in his fugue state, though there are signs of an imminent return. It won’t be a moment too soon. He is still fixated on the symbols of his past…badge…case files…etc… Yet, when he is visited by the one armed man, it seems to have sparked something inside him, hopefully he will come back to us soon.
Other highlights from the episode include:
A brief glimpse of the famous Diane (Laura Dern).
Hawk’s discovery of a vital clue that may lead him to Coop.
A bizarre, mystical drug dealer (Balthazar Getty) who has the power to stop time.
And…the lovely and talented Sharon Van Etton fading us out of the episode with an incredible tune that honestly is worth the price of admission.
So, to recap…Cooper is still asleep – WAKE UP – Twin Peaks is up shit’s creek…and Hawk is on the case.
Things to look forward to next episode include:
Coop speaking polysyllabically.
Finding out the connection between creepazoid Richard Horne and the Horne family.
What the hell did Hawk discover?
What did real Coop/Dougie scribble in the case file?
In the latest offering of The Return, Lynch mines a theme he has 'returned' to time and time again throughout his career – exposing the darkness that lurks beneath the surface and within us all.