Twin Peaks Revisited: 2.17

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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

Episode Summary

Harry grieves for Josie while Pete helps Cooper in his deadly chess game. Windom Earle visits Donna. Audrey finds romance with John and Cooper meets Annie. As Ben plots against Catherine, Major Briggs and the Log Lady share their abduction stories.

Overview

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The Windom Earle lot is bubbling along nicely and for the second time Donna has unknowingly found herself alone in a house with a killer. I'm really liking the pace the Earle story is building on; playing the dead roommate of her father shows just how cunning and ruthless he is and the 'gift' of the chess piece with the next move attached only heightens the tension. And disguised yet again he interacts with Shelley, though Audrey seems out of his grasp for now, being romanced by the suave singing cowboy John Justice Wheeler. It was nice to see her acknowledge that her infatuation with Cooper was now a thing of the past. And Cooper's chance meeting with Norma's sister Annie, sinisterly observed by Earle, suggests a new love interest for the former FBI agent that might spell doom for both of them.

This isn't a majorly eventful episode; instead there is the sense that all the chess pieces (figuratively and literally) are being put in place for the season finale. Pete's attempts to help Cooper reach a stalemate in the deadly chess game with Earle are given a twisted edge as the loss of any player means the death of someone. Meanwhile the surprise connection between the Log Lady and Major Briggs adds another edge to the mysterious forces lurking in the woods around Twin Peaks. We've already heard about the White and Black Lodges, the former where Briggs was abducted and the latter where someone can lose their soul; the re-layering of the supernatural elements add a dark edge once more to the show.

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In this episode we saw a new side of Harry Truman no one has seen before, wracked with grief over the death of Josie. Michael Ontkean was brilliant once again, first bottling his emotions by finding solace in a whiskey glass and then full on rage when confronted with her criminal past and his inability to save her. After seeming rather rushed in the last episode, the fallout of the Packard / Eckhardt power play continued with the surprisingly tall Brenda Strong as an intriguing new player Jones. We had seen her serve Eckhardt previously but after his death she presents Catherine with a surprise black box and then seems ready to seduce and / or frame Harry. Neither outcomes seems positive.

Ben Horne is back too, first observed by Donna as he tenderly greets her mother at their home and then rallying the public against Catherine with the 'save the pine weasel from Ghostwood' dinner. Sadly the latter erupts into chaos, flitting the line between funny and kooky and plan irritating. It doesn't help that the god awful Dick Trumane has resurfaced to host the charity fashion show taking place at the Great Northern Hotel, though I did find Lucy and Andy's outfits ridiculous and amusing. But the farce over the escaped pine weasel was just plain ridiculous for my liking.

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The latest episode had some great moments for a grieving Harry, continued to build on Windom Earle's master plan and threw in a couple of supernatural elements but there was little to remember once it had ended. But the show is on much stronger form following the dark days of Little Nicky and James and Evelyn stories and even the resurfacing of Dick Trumane can't ruin it.

Best Quote

Ben Horne: “Catherine, why don't you take this opportunity to transcend a lifetime of megalomania and egocentricity, and write us a big fat check to help stop Ghostwood..”

Future episode observations – spoilers afoot…

With the arrival of Annie and the first mention of the Miss Twin Peaks pageant, the stage is set for the final episodes. The mysterious gift that Jones leaves for Catherine will set a deadly game of revenge for Pete and Andrew in the last episode too. The meeting between Ben Horne and her mother will lead Donna to discover that Will Hayward is not her father. And the Log Lady and Major Briggs' stories of abductions will soon lead Cooper to the Owl Cave and the Black Lodge...

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 11:57:51

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Who killed Laura Palmer remains one of the most iconic TV mysteries of all time. David Lynch's mix of supernatural, procedural and twisted soap opera had a lasting mark on television and returned for an unprecedented third season more than twenty five years after its cancellation. Check out our 'Twin Peaks Revisited' reviewing every episodes of the original two seasons and the prequel movie Fire Walk With Me' and the weekly reviews of the 2017 revival...

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