ne thing became strikingly clear upon watching episode 7 of The Return – David Lynch is going to take his own sweet time this go-around. Whether it’s spending ten minutes watching some muldoon sweep up at a bar, or capturing, in real time, the nuts and bolts of setting up a Skype conversation, Lynch is going to tell the story the way he wants to. I’ve read several articles over the years that stated how the director felt undue pressure to wrap up the mystery of Laura. He thought that it should have remained unsolved ad infinitum, but it was the public’s rabid need to resolve the case that forced him to tie a bow on it. Well, The Return is his revenge on us all. For those of you that expect this series to end in a conventionally satisfying way, I say…be prepared for a major disappointment. I mean, let’s be honest, aside from the happy ending to Blue Velvet, when has Lynch ever given us a cut and dry conclusion to any of his efforts?

That being said, there was a lot handed to us in this episode. We find out that real Coop is being guided by the ‘evolution of the arm’ and see Diane come back to confirm to the ‘fucking FBI’ that the long-haired menace in the Dakota jail was not the man she once knew – and perhaps was jilted by?  Moreover, we discover that Sheriff Truman is very ill, through a depressing one-ended phone conversation with his stricken brother. And finally, it’s obvious that Hawk is going to play a major role in Coop’s return back to reality.

The plot has definitely picked up its pace in spite of the sluggish pace of the…well…pace.

Noteworthy notables include:

  • Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfeld’s apprehensive interaction with the sailor-mouthed Diane…seeing Albert genuinely intimidated by her rage was priceless. Also, what was Gordon’s little speech about the ‘spiritual finger’ all about?
  • Doppelganger Coop must have some major shiznit on the warden to scare him so into his early release.
  • Andy wears a Rolex?
  • Real Coop/Dougie throwing a serious beat-down on the psychopathic dwarf.
  • What the hell happened the last night Diane saw Coop?
  • Jacques is back and sleazy as ever.
  • Poor old Warren Frost in his last moments on earth…that makes three cast deaths I count. Does this qualify as a ‘curse’?

For the next episode, I want to say I look forward to seeing the return of real Coop’s faculties, but I know that ain’t happening. Lynch has set the rate of the course and I am resigned to the ride.

8.5 Unfolding

Whether it’s spending ten minutes watching some muldoon sweep up at a bar, or capturing in real time the nuts and bolts of setting up a Skype conversation, Lynch is going to tell the story the way he wants to.

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