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Twin Peaks: The Return (Episode 12-14)

Twin Peaks: The Return is here and Remi is watching every episode! This time: Episode 12-14. (And needless to say: Herein are spoilers.)

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I go on a quick holiday, and all I get is three episodes to catch up with. The world is a fickle friend, and instead of doing recaps full of meandering speculations, I will instead post only my meandering speculations based on the three episodes. You’re welcome!

Tulpa: The doppelgänger phenomena got an actual anchor in tulpa, a part of mysticism Lynch previously has incorporated into his movies. Defined as «a magical creature that attains corporeal reality, having been originally merely imaginary», it makes an abstract concept of Twin Peaks a bit more concrete. Of course, when put it into the context of Cole’s quote in part fourteen — «We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream. But who is the dreamer?» — one can’t help but wonder who is dreaming up the «imaginary».

Timeline: There is no question scenes in this season are not in sequence — Bobby confirmed as much in part thirteen — but it doesn’t seem to really make much of a difference as far as the narrative goes. It’s still easy to follow the main story-line.

But James talking about his birthday and The Roadhouse in the episode after him performing the stone-cold classic «Just You» brings with it questions: One, 25 years later, and that is still the song he chooses to perform? It’s time to let the crooner career go. And was his birthday the only reason The Roadhouse let him perform it, or has the song become a major hit, right up there with Chromatics and Nine Inch Nails? It seems plausible, seeing the girl weeping in the audience.

The enigma that is James just keeps on staying mysterious.

Phillip Jeffries: The second linchpin character portrayed by dead actor is becoming even more prominent. With Mr. C now knowing who put a hit out on him, a showdown is brewing, though who with… Well, not Bowie, but then, they did substitute The Man from Another Place with a tree, so I guess Jeffries can show up in any which form.

Audrey, Billy, Tina: Judging by the scene in The Roadhouse, Billy and Tina do exist, but the Audrey and Charlie situation appears like a bona fide nightmare. The feeling of futility when trying to make a point the other person doesn’t seem to hear is of bad dream, and I’m not convinced Audrey really is existing in reality.

Twin Peaks: Speaking of, can the inhabitants who resided in Twin Peaks during the Laura Palmer case actually leave the town? Seems they are are repeatedly going through the same situations (while growing older), purgatory style. Furthermore, I’m 25 years too late for the boat on this, but how can Twin Peaks be located in Eastern Washington? That makes no sense for so many reasons — foliage, people flying into Seattle to get there, etc. For god’s sake, if the Blue Rose cases started in Olympia (represent!), we’re firmly on the west side of the state.

Sarah Palmer: One can assume the person in the incubation scene in part eight really was her, judging by how she could remove her face, akin to Laura. As this revealed a dark… something… behind it, does that mean she is a tulpa, too? Or is this part of her after the aforementioned incident?

Robert Knepper and Jim Belushi heading a conga line? Sold!

Andy: I said he would have more to him than the original run in an earlier post, now confirmed with him being transported to the White Lodge to meet The Fireman. (RIP The Giant.) Nailed it! (Which makes it one out of roughly seventy-two for me.) This, of course, also re-introduced…

Naido: The lady from The Purple Room makes a triumphant return, and I wonder… Is she a tulpa? Or is she, like The Man from Another Place and Bob (I assume), an inhabitant of The White Lodge, or whatever world The White Lodge is part of? Either way, what is she doing in Twin Peaks?

Finally: Cole dreaming of Monica Bellucci just makes sense. The man loves the ladies.

Three weeks left — the last two episodes will air on the same night — and a lot of threads are coming together. I doubt everything will be answered (nor should it), and a second beginning-to-end viewing will probably reveal a lot more than we’ve currently caught onto.

Showtime has quietly started fishing for another season. I doubt that will happen — directing eighteen episodes in a row is inhumane — but I wouldn’t be surprised if we’d see a follow-up movie, just like how Fire Walk With Me book-ended the previous run.

Make it a James rockumentary, and I’m so there.