Twin Peaks: 3.06

We're a third of the way through the Twin Peaks revival now and it still feels as if events are just getting going. As David Lynch creates his long movie, split into eighteen parts, this show remains an engaging and frustrating in equal measure. There is so much to love but at the same time, I'm ready for more to happen and in part six we get a couple more intriguing glimpses into this world Lynch has revisted. One thing is for certain; it is unlike anything else on television.

First up, we finally meet Diane! Laura Dern is the face to Cooper's constant off-screen aide in the original series. Albert Rosenfeld locates Diane in a bar, looking nothing like the secretary we probably imagined her to be in her twenties-style blond bob. At the same time, Lynch dangles this long awaited debut and the snatches it away. A brief appearance aside, it seems we will have to wait until at least part seven to find out more about her.

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We continue to see more of Twin Peaks itself. Andrea Hays's giggling RR waitress Heidi makes a fun return and Shelley gets a few more lines, though we don't get anything of substance. Hawk uncovers a secret letter in a cubicle door, after discovering the Native American emblem (the tie to his heritage the Log Lady spoke of?). Again, the plot is left dangling until next week. We do find a more information about Harry's brother and current deputy Frank Truman (Robert Forster) and his screeching wife Doris (Candy Clark); the loss of their son to suicide has fractured their marriage, putting Doris's rant at her husband for the second week in a row in a more sympathetic light. The two new male deputies are certainly jerks, though I rather liked female deputy though for putting them in their place.

But the most intriguing storyline is the dark underbelly of Twin Peaks and in Eamon Farren's Richard Horne we see that his actions threatening the girl at the Roadhouse last episode are just the beginning. After getting high following a tense encounter with ruthless, magic-tricking playing drug dealer Red (Balthazar Getty) he runs down a poor kid as he crosses the road in possibly the most shocking episode of the revival to date. What makes it so terrible, is that Richard seems more angry at the kid for getting in the way, driving on without any remorse for his actions. The truck hitting the kid and the mother screaming as she cradles her bloody son are pretty harrowing to watch, particularly after we have just seen them playing happily in the park, watched by Harry Dean Stanton Carl Rodd, who fans will remember was the owner of the trailer park Theresa Banks lived at in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

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And there is more violence too in the vicious attack on new character Lorraine (Tammy Baird), who is stabbed repeatedly with a pick ice by an enraged and intriguing named Ike 'The Spike' Stadtler (played by Christophe Zajac-Denek). Dougie is also on his list of victims, suggesting that Cooper is not safe in his current guise, even when he marvellous wife Janey-E Jones (Naomi Watts) manages to arrange a deal with the hitmen after her husband and pays them off. I've found Watt's character a bit frustrating at times, but I liked her gusto in this episode and her realisation that Dougie really needed to see a doctor.

As for Cooper, his very slow attempts to gain awareness are starting to wear a little thin now. Kyle MacLachlan continues to delight, but the failure of everyone to realise just how wrong 'Dougie' is is starting to border on ludicrous. Perhaps the warnings of the one armed man Phillip Gerard from the Black Lodge to wake up might bear some fruit. There is definitely a sense that his reemergence in this world is not working; truth be told I need my old Cooper back with his damn fine cherry pie and coffee black like a moonless night. After all, he has an evil doppleganger to defeat.

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Part six was a little frustrating after the sense of progression in the last two parts. I appreciated seeing more of Twin Peaks itself and the time taken to flesh out the stories of Cooper and Richard; there was less frantic flitting around between events this week. The revival certainly has a slower pace, but I'm ready for things to really start happening, I want good Coop, I want Diane to enter the fold in a big way and I want to see more of what happened to the original characters like the still absent Audrey. At the same time, I continue to appreciate just how special this television event is and I remain eager for more.

I will be on holiday next week, so there will be no review. Rest assured, I will be bringing two reviews the week after!