Twin Peaks Revisited: 2.05
TV revivals are a big thing. In 2016, The X Files returned to our screens after a 14-year absence and here at The Digital Fix, we revisited key episodes across its ten seasons and two movies. But there is one revival that is surely bigger than that; Twin Peaks will be returning for an unprecedented third season, directed by David Lynch and set twenty-five years after season two’s shocking ending. It is a revival that has everyone excited and anxious in equal measure. With a phenomenal cast, including nearly every original actor there is hope that Twin Peaks’ new season can recapture the magic of the first year and a half. So, like The X Files, we’ve decided to revisit each episode in the build up to the show’s return. We’ll treat each revisit fresh and try to keep major conjecture to future episodes separate. So whether you’re seeking to revisit an old classic or ready to find out what all the fuss is about, let’s return to the world of Twin Peaks…
Cooper rescues Audrey from One Eyed Jacks while Jean kills Blackie. Audrey and Maddy attempt to steal the secret diary of Laura Palmer with disastrous results while Leyland faces a hearing for his actions in murdering Jacques Renault...
If the last episode felt like it was treading water, then this one more than made up for it. There is a real sense of progression in this episode as the One Eyed Jacks storyline that emerged late in season one comes to a head. There was never any doubt that Audrey would survive but the resolution to her imprisonment is an exciting moment in the show.
The thing Cooper forgot is quickly revealed; in an amusing opening scene where Cooper talks to Diane while doing a headstand, he uncovers the note from Audrey under his bed that was lost when he was shot in the season one finale. With the realisation that she is being held at One Eyed Jacks he recruits buddy Harry Truman, leading to the thrilling raid on the insidious casino / brothel.
The scenes around One Eyed Jacks continue to be the highlight of recent episodes. Michael Parks continues to make for a formidable villain; you know without Cooper and Truman's surprise raid he would have stolen Ben Horne's money and killed Audrey; his murder of Blackie is suitably twisted too, kissing her as he stabs her through the back, licking off her blood as it trickles from her lips onto his own. And the surprise arrival of Deputy Hawk, saving Cooper, Audrey and Truman from a sticky situation is a great 'yes!' moment.
What's more, this story sees far from over. Will Cooper act on the knowledge that Ben Horne sold him out? How will Renault deal with the traitorous Hank, caught spying on Cooper's every move? How will this trauma affect Audrey? And will Renault still find a way to exact his revenge on Cooper for the deaths of his two brothers? It offers a perilous second story thread to the mystery behind Laura Palmer's death.
The hearings to assess Leyland's offer of bail over Jacques Renualt's murder and Leo's suitability to testify are delivered with Twin Peak's usual kooky charm. Royal Dano's Judge Clinton Sternwood continues to deliver an absorbing, eccentric performance as he presides over these events, giving Leyland back his freedom as a court trial is set while Leo is deemed not competent to face his crimes. Amid the oddness of the show, these scenes present a startling amount of common sense and judgement, again grounding the show against it's more overt supernatural themes.
The Harold Smith story line continues to get creepier by the minute. You can only wonder if he was one of Laura Palmer's sexual partners but his overt lusting over Donna, another seventeen year-old schoolgirl (though the show seems to have forgotten that Donna, Bobby, James et all actually go to school anymore), with his sexual orchids is enough to make your skin crawl. Lenny von Dohlen's has the ability to make Harold soft spoken and demure and a pervert at the same time; and clawing his own face at the end as he confronts Donna and Maddy trying to steal the diary only makes him more disturbing.
Even the more kooky elements feel better played after taking over the heavy use in the previous episode. Andy is adorable, covered in post its as he tries to man Lucy's desk and discovers his sperm are fine, making him a contender for the father of Lucy's unborn baby. And Nadine regressing into a school girl is rather funny, particularly her adrenaline-fulled strength that causes her to rip the door right off the fridge.
Altogether, it is a stronger episode, with the momentum building again as Twin Peaks deals with Audrey's fate. Jean emerges as a major villain, One Eyed Jack's Blackie is murdered and Donna and Maddy enact their foolish plan. And for the first time, another contender enters the mix as Laura's potential killer. Is Harold Smith deranged enough to have killed the woman he loved?
Drolly saving the day after flinging a dagger into the henchman's back and saving Cooper, Truman and Audrey...
Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill: "Good thing you guys can't keep a secret."
Future episode observations – spoilers afoot…
Cooper's actions will fuel Jean's revenge plan in upcoming episodes, while Leyland being released on bail will have disastrous consequences for Maddy. If he had been imprisoned until his trial, she would have survived her time in Twin Peaks...