Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on Jun 14, 2020 23:36:55 GMT
Very late to the party, but finally got around to watching The Return this past week, and was kind of bowled over by it... and this is coming from someone who liked but didn’t love the first two seasons and disliked FWWM. Definitely want to revisit them now... though it probably would have been a good idea to rewatch them beforehand because I ended up having to research stuff I had forgotten in between some episodes.
I don't always love Lynch because at times I find him undisciplined, but watching this reminded me of why I do still greatly admire him as an artist, because even when I'm struggling to make sense of certain elements or when I'm puzzled by certain choices, there's always just enough logic to the whole thing to keep me watching, and the pieces that I can't completely "make fit," while maddening, don't detract from the experience so much as they lend an air of mystery to the overall work, making it this elusive thing that you can't quite pin down, and ultimately making it more compelling. It's kind of a remarkable balancing act of toeing the line of incoherence without pushing me away as a viewer.
Having said that, I don't think it's perfect and I didn't love everything about it, but there's enough greatness in it that will keep me chewing on it for a while. I do think it's somewhat overstuffed, and structurally I found it a little too diffuse and fragmented to the point where certain episodes just felt like a series of cameos from characters.
On an aesthetic level, it's pretty brilliant, from the visuals to the sound design. I know some ppl were disappointed with the lack of music throughout, but I kind of loved that decision, which added to the uncanny tone of this season. In the original series, I always felt like Laura Palmer's theme was a bit overused, but here I thought it was utilized perfectly in its couple appearances.
If this is the last we see of Twin Peaks, I think it would be the right move to stop it here. The shattering ending of that final episode is one I don't really want to see undone.