Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TWIN PEAKS Return Doesn't Disappoint

It is happening again.

David Lynch's surrealist mystery Twin Peaks is back again after 25 years, on Showtime cable network, and it remains as eerie and disturbing as ever.

The narrative resumes where the original series left off. Familiar local characters return, much older now --- Deputy Hawk, Lucy Brennan, the Log lady. New characters are introduced in other locations. Because the transcendent evil that inhabited the woods around Twin Peaks has spread through a portal to infect the wider world, as horrific crimes take place in New York and South Dakota.

All the trademark Lynchian themes are present. The link between reality and dreams. The fluidity of past and future time. The synchronicity of seemingly separate occurrences. It's all a metaphysical jigsaw puzzle overlaid against a criminal investigation mystery.

We wait until FBI agent Dale Cooper can find another portal to escape from the surreal limbo where he remains trapped. When that happens, Cooper can begin to oppose the shape-shifting evil that has been set loose. In Lynch's vision, portals of one kind or another represent gateways between other levels of reality.

The dreamy, disorienting spell of Twin Peaks pulls us in once more.

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