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Review of Twin Peaks: The Return 1.14

by Paul Levinson 5 years ago in scifi tv / tv review
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Painstaking Progress

Hey, it's tough to make progress when your adversary is from/in another dimension and an evil one at that, and one with the power to snap up good people and return them with an evil twin. Not to mention that the FBI agent in charge of the case can't speak softly and carry a big stick, because he's hard of hearing (proof—he wears a hearing aid). But the forces of good made a small amount of painstaking, painful progress in Twin Peaks 1.14 nonetheless.

Truman finally managed to convey to Cole that there may be two Coopers afoot. It's especially appropriate that Truman was the conveyor of this news, seeing as how he's the brother of the original Sheriff Truman—Harry Truman—who likely has no relationship to the U. S. President who dropped the atom bombs on Japan, though, come to think of it, you never know, given the almost entire hour devoted to inside an atomic explosion on the Return a few episodes ago. David Lynch again shows a knack for being uncannily in sync with what's happening in the real world, given the concern about nuclear warheads and North Korea these days, though maybe that's too serious to even slightly joke about (but probably not).

But, anyway, the two true Trumans in Twin Peaks are not twins but brothers, and they don't even look all that much alike, but being a bro on this show is good enough. Our heroes are also beginning to close in the E's —Janey-E and Doug E—and I'm wondering if these E's have any connection to E=mc-square (that's what Elvis may have said to himself about Ed Sullivan, i.e., E[d] = mc-square—those these types of puns ain't E-asy).

Meanwhile, back at the end of the episode, we once again have a great musical performance by Lissie—especially appropriate (memorable music) given the appearance of David Bowie in the vintage Twin Peaks aka dream sequence footage.

See ya next time.

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Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson's novels include The Silk Code & The Plot To Save Socrates; his LPs Twice Upon A Rhyme & Welcome Up. His nonfiction including Fake News in Real Context, The Soft Edge, & Digital McLuhan have been translated into 15 languages.

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