Twin Peaks, Season 3 – Last Call

A drunk octopus wants to fight


The Season 3 is over.

But the atomic fluctuations of opinion exchange explosion among critics and audience will last longer than one may imagine. These two last episodes made not only the owls be not what they seem.


What it was – only David Lynch himself knows. Or maybe he does not, but still he has something in mind, while what we see is only the visual consequence of strange, surrealistic, senseless or rather meaningful pieces of a big mosaic called ‘Twin Peaks’.

This time it was eclectic and hard as any liquor: a pint of familiar mystics was diluted with exaggerated, almost Tarantino-style violence, flavoured with sex, humour, madness, digital graphics, crowds of new characters, random and tricky cues, symbols, suspense and dynamics. All this can get you lynchenized in a sec – and all this shaped quite an ambivalent attitude to the whole season 3.

Armies of old and new fans have spent a summer searching the connection between the original story and the newborn series, and it has proven to be like a DNA expertise since this connection barely exists. New characters and their storylines flooded the season 3, new layers of the subconscious were explored and desolated, new tricks of mind were employed to maintain the intrigue. The plot went far from “Who killed Laura Palmer?” – sure, too simple to launch 18 episodes in the name of iconic images, although there still are many familiar characters this very film can`t do without. Deputy Hawk, Bobby Briggs, Audrey Horne, Lucy and Andy, James, Big Ed, Dr. Jacoby, Log Lady, Sarah Palmer, Norma, Shelly, Gordon Cole and plenty of Cooper – it seems like they are the only clue to support those aesthetics of old classic Twin Peaks reality, since the other realities are completely new and absolutely different, seasoned with unforgettable soundtracks from the Road House.


The episodes in particular are also a bit jekyll-hyde: sometimes they just keep you in front of the screen waiting for the deed, sometimes they are overloaded with happenings and information. It forces the audience to start its own investigation, to think the unthinkable, to compare incompatible, to make crazy assumptions and never guess how astonishing, pale, underdone and ‘Mulholland Drive’-scented it might turn in the end. I am definitely shocked by waiting for ages to put such a cherry on top, though the wording is not quite appropriate: the more exact impression is cooking a cherry pie for 25 years till it got burnt.

Anyway, despite of my sceptic mindset about the final scenes, the game is worth the candle – excellent roles of Robert Knepper, James Belushi, Tim Roth, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern and David Lynch himself alongside with all the king`s men from 1989 have undoubtedly contributed to the 70% probability of the season 4.




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