“Twin Peaks: The Return” Review: Part 13
Throughout David Lynch’s magnum opus that is Twin Peaks: The Return, the ride has been (for the most part) at a rather “Lynchian” pace. Lynch wants his audience’s patience, he wants that for hours and hours on end, all while appreciating beautifully shot and an atmospheric scenes of bizarre surrealism only an artist like Lynch could pull off. However, things pick up quite a bit in what may be the most “plot heavy” episode of The Return so far, Part 13.
Nostalgia would be the appropriate theme to encapsulate what was presented onscreen, especially in the final 20-minutes or so. Big Ed finally makes his triumphant return, sharing his first scene with Norma Jennings herself. Reveals of old cast mates coming back on the screen have been a natural process (save for Deputy Briggs), as these characters are simply living out their lives in Twin Peaks.
Part 13 doesn’t even end on a performance at The Roadhouse. Before you start punching your laptops and smartphones, yes, a performance does take place moments before the episode ends, and the headliner is none other than James Hurley. Naturally, he’s performing “You and I,” lip-syncing to the same track from the original season. There’s also a very sweet reconnecting moment between Nadine and Dr. Jacoby, as they gaze upon her silent drapes with his golden shovel on display.
The “meat” of the episode is the Cooper (or Dougie Jones) and Cooper (Bob) storyline. Let’s start with Evil Coop, with Kyle MacLachlan giving his most menacing and challenging performance to date. The doppelgänger scenes in Part 13 were terrifying and unpredictably intense. A scene in particular where Evil Coop shows up to George’s garage to kill him, which transitions into an arm wrestling match (yes, I’m serious). If George’s undefeated Boss wins, Evil Coop must join this gang of thieves and murderers and comply with everything they do. If Evil Coop wins, he gets George.
MacLachlan’s delivery throughout this sequence is exceptional. His presence and unpredictable nature is so different than most of his roles, making this one of the best performances of his career. The differences between his duel roles are polar opposites, and MacLachlan brings these characters to life in such unique ways, that I’ve never once considered any of them “Agent Dale Cooper.” It’s terrific to see him really sink his teeth into playing good and evil. If this man doesn’t get some sort of award recognition, it’ll be a damn shame.
Speaking of Dougie Jones, we are beginning to see the real transformation back to the beloved Agent Cooper. It appears to be that coffee and cherry pie (of course) are the key to having the real Coop breakout. I do admit, if this does indeed happen, I am going to miss the heck out of that lovable Dougie Jones.
Twin Peaks airs Sunday nights on Showtime.