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Week by Week TV: Twin Peaks: The Return Part 11

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 EightPart Nine or Part Ten please click these links.

This is my favourite episode of the series so far. It perfectly balanced the bizarre, the frightening and the humorous. It also had a real depth of emotion and moved the story along, even concluded a story line! (cue Nic Cage from Face/Off singing Hallelujah).

Let’s dive straight in. My new favourite character is Bobby Briggs. I think that Dana Ashbrook has improved enormously as an actor since the original series. He brings a great sadness and empathy to the role and the character seems to have learnt a lot from life and carries the  regrets of a middle aged man with great sympathy. We find out in this episode that he and Shelly had a child who grew up to be Amanda Seyfried’s Becky. The pair are no longer together and Shelly has shacked up with Balthazar Getty’s Red. This obviously saddens Bobby, knowing the terrible life his daughter has and you could really tell how much he regrets his former behaviour. Bobby was also part of the most terrifying scene in the series so far. It involved a car horn and a screaming woman and it ensured I won’t sleep tonight after watching it. I dare not spoil it because it’s too good for me to ruin it for you.

There was also some developments in Gordon and Albert’s story. They take Matthew Lillard (Shaggy from Scooby Doo) to where he and the librarian passed through to the Red Room. While there, Gordon has a vision and hears the words “There’s fire where you’re heading” before Albert pulls him out of his trance. Meanwhile, Diane sees one of the ash covered men creeping towards the police car with Lillard inside it. Before you know it, the ash covered man has crushed Lillard’s head and disappears as soon as he appeared.

This scene, along with the one I mentioned previously shows that David Lynch still knows how to scare an audience. His understanding of the psychology of fear means that even for a hardened (if prone to fright) horror film fan, Lynch is one of those directors who always gets under my skin, and stays there.

I will talk about the biggest story of the week after I talk about a couple of the smaller plotlines. Miriam Sullivan, the schoolteacher we thought had been murdered by Richard Horne turned out to be alive. She was discovered by a group of boys playing catch out in the road. This tied into Lynch’s recurring theme in his films, the rot under the surface of suburbia. I am glad that Miriam survived the attack because Twin Peaks was always about the battle against overwhelming evil and Miriam will be a strong combatant against the horrible Horne. After all his crimes against women, I hope Richard is on the receiving end of some poetic justice and is taken down by all the women he has harmed.

Deputy Hawk and Sheriff Truman are preparing for their trip to the woods to find the place Colonel Briggs wrote about in his note.

Finally, the plotline with Dougie and the Mitchum brothers seems to have been resolved. Provoked to kill Dougie, they invited him out to the desert to execute him. Luckily for the ever shambling Dougie, his boss at the insurance company gave him a cheque for the money they were owed. The brothers discovered the cheque and a cherry pie and they all went to the casino to sample the “damn fine” baked goods. Candie seemed particularly pleased to serve Dougie, a man after her own quiet heart. This was a charming scene and concluded the finest episode so far.

Please join me next week for more Twin Peaks: The Return.


Twin Peaks: The Return Part 11 is now available to watch on various catch-up services. Image source: dreadcentral.com