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Week by Week TV: Twin Peaks: The Return Part 10

Twin Peaks: The Return is directed by David Lynch and co-written by Lynch and Mark Frost. It stars Kyle MacLachlan as FBI special Agent Dale Cooper. This new, third series takes place 25 years after the original series, one of the most influential of the modern TV age.

This is a continuing series review. To read my reviews of Parts One and TwoParts Three and FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart Eight or Part Nine please click these links.

Episode Ten was again powerful with lots of story progression. There was much violence, a great deal of it against female characters. It opened with Richie Horne murdering the woman who witnessed his hit and run on the little boy in Part Six. Amanda Seyfried reappeared for the first time since Part Five but was being abused by her vile boyfriend. When Agent Gordon had his vision of Laura Palmer, she was howling in pain. However, the most frightening example of this (not to rank things or dismiss the horror of the other scenes), was when Richie decided to pay his grandmother a visit, beat her up and rob her whilst hurling foul ugly language at her. In this moment, Richie became Frank Booth from Blue Velvet, a disgusting misogynist villain who needs to be stopped. Richie also has some influence within the Twin Peaks sheriff’s department. He seems like a villain for our times: entitled, misogynist and corrupt.

The Dougie story-line took a strange turn. It lead to one of the most bizarre sex scenes seen on TV and certainly one of the most uncomfortable. There is a complex consent point within this scene which is difficult to talk about. Watch the episode and decide for yourself. It (strangely) reminded me of a similar scene from Rosemary’s Baby but with the genders switched. Dougie seems to be in a lot of trouble with a gangster in Las Vegas, and with Ike the Spike arrested by the FBI, the gangsters trick the Mitchum Brothers (played by Robert Knepper and Jim Belushi) into believing that Dougie has a vendetta against them. This process would have been aided if the spaced-out Candie (one of the blonds who work at the casino) had bothered to listen to them. Her small acts of defiance (or should that be deaf-iance) were cheer-worthy in this episode so full of women being treated horribly.

Other events happened. Deputy Hawk received a phone call from the Log Lady who told him that “Laura is the one”. Dr Jacoby’s radio show/podcast continued with him berating all the injustice and corruption in the world. Diane may be in cahoots with Evil Cooper. Evil Cooper also has something to do with the glass box in the apartment all the way back in Part One. Maybe this was his entrance into our world from the Black Lodge?

We also got a performance from Moby and Rebekah Del Rio in the Bang Bang Club which was sensational. Whatever happens next week, it’s one step closer to finding out what the heck all this is about. If you have any thoughts or theories on this series please leave a comment below! See you next week for more.

Twin Peaks: The Return Part 10 is now available to watch on various catch-up services. Image source: Lostinthemovies.com