Bingewatch: Twin Peaks – The Return – Day 2


There were nine episodes, just like yesterday, and that meant nine hours of watching, like yesterday, so how come the back half took the entire day to watch, and left no time for anything other than just food and drink?

I don’t know how long it will be before I can make any kind of sense about Twin Peaks. Maybe never. The back half was a slow adding up of resolutions, or such resolutions as Lynch and Frost were prepared to allow, and there were many of them, both trivial and major, though not all resolutions were the same. And through it all, that determined deliberate pace, that intensified what was slowly unrolling, until each scene became intense.

Another Director, one more in tune with contemporary notions of pace, could and would reduce this series by as much as a third of its length by cutting out the long silences, the slow burns, the moments when your attention became utterly affixed to the screen as you waited for the movement, the word.

This was television for the pre-MTV Generation, the attention-poor demanding another visual stimulus every two seconds. This was slow television, but not dragging television.

Was the ending satisfactory? Was there an ending? Of course there was an ending, the series has ended, but once again the stopping point was on the edge. But curiously, this was a satisfying engine, or it satisfied me. There was not the shock, the terrible wrongness, the despair of the abyss with which Lynch and Frost left everything twenty-six years ago. This time we knew, we understood, we expected. Twin Peaks ended at the end of episode 17. Episode 18 began with the beginning, repeated. It began again. It leaves emptiness behind it.

Not everything has answers. Some things remain even from seasons 1 and 2. How was Annie Blackburn, anyway? And Audrey Horne? For me, enough was given to frame her story.

To be understood in any real fashion, Twin Peaks needs to be binged in some way. A piece at a time is not good enough. It beats to a different rhythm. It is one thing and must be swallowed in as large gulps as possible.

Even if it drains as it does.

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